Ethics - Why not to heavily edit

running through the internet as one often does, I came across this pearl of writing that, in hindsight of reading it, found I quite highly agreed with the moral.

That plus it's also a personal taste of capturing what is in the moment, warts and all, in the best possible way for the model by the photographer.

Buzzfeed Article

With a few taken quotes, I'll summarize.

A photographer specializing in sexy and risque styles was approached by a 40's-odd aged woman looking for sexy images of her for her husband's birthday.

“She came to me, looked me straight in the eyes, and said, ‘I want you to photoshop all of my cellulite, all of my angry red stretch marks, all of my fat, and all of my wrinkles….just make it go away. I want to feel gorgeous just once,’” Haltom wrote on Facebook.

So after the shoot, the editing and delivery of the photos the photographer got an email from the husband.

When I opened the album that she gave to me, my heart sank. These pictures…while they are beautiful and you are clearly a very talented photographer….they are not my wife. You made every one of her “flaws” disappear…and while I’m sure this is exactly what she asked you to do, it took away everything that makes up our life. When you took away her stretch marks, you took away the documentation of my children. When you took away her wrinkles, you took away over two decades of our laughter, and our worries. When you took away her cellulite, you took away her love of baking and all the goodies we have eaten over the years.

He concluded that receiving the photos had showed him that maybe he wasn’t telling his wife enough how beautiful he thought she was:

"She hears it so seldom, that she actually thought these photoshopped images are what I wanted and needed her to look like. I have to do better, and for the rest of my days I am going to celebrate her in all her imperfectness. Thanks for the reminder."

This the promoted the photographer to make a blanket rule that she wouldn't do extensive editing on any photos, to which I humbly agree.  You can be photographed as you are, for who you and still be sexy.  Even if you're after motivation to improve your health, editing an external person's ideal version of you may never look the same as any results you yeld.