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A picture is worth…

May 24, 2009

As part of my preparations for working in the dance industry, I recently hired a photographer to get some professional photos taken.  Never having done this before, I discovered that standing around and staring at a camera isn’t as easy as it looks.  Fortunately I worked with an amazingly talented photographer and makeup artist who greatly made up for my lack of experience, and presto – beautiful photos.  If only everything in life were that easy.

While driving through the tangles of LA traffic to get back home, I had a few thoughts about my adventure.  (It was an hour and a half drive, so yes, I had time to kill.) First of all, I felt grateful for the kindness and patience of the professionals I worked with.  It was an important reminder to always treat others that way, especially those who are trying something new and still learning their way around the basics.

Second, remember to relax and be forgiving when doing things outside of my comfort zone.  Sometimes I feel bold and confident when I try new things.  At other times my brain lapses into “oh-my-goodness I have no idea what I’m doing” and it forgets that the fate of the world doesn’t ride on me being perfect the first time.  The photo shoot brought out both in me, which means I’m still human after all.

Finally, beauty is more about how you feel than how you look.  A genuine smile and confidence are the best beauty aids in the world.   The following poem comes to mind.

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,  reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the  figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

Sam Levenson (often attributed to Audrey Hepburn)

P.S. Should you ever need the talents of a photographer and/or makeup artist in the LA area, please check out Vince Trupsin and Inbal Neer.  (Photographer –;  Makeup Artist –  They were fun, professional and really nice people.  I’m not affiliated with them in any way; I’m just loading up on karma brownie points for telling the world about good people.

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