Coco Chanel said, “In my life I have adopted certain style rules from a young age…I always take off at least one piece of jewelry [accessory] before I leave the house…to ensure that I am not ‘overdoing’ it.” I think most of us can agree with Coco Chanel’s wise rule. But, what if you have a different kind of accessory? One that never leaves your body? You chose it. You deliberated over it. And, you accepted it as your personal décor–forever. You can’t take it off before you leave the house like Coco suggested, or when you jump in the shower, or even before getting into bed. Something that connected to you deserves to be highlighted in your next portrait session.
Let’s talk about how you chose your tattoo. Before deciding on one, you probably had to ask yourself a few important questions. Who am I? What am I hoping to communicate to others about who I am? Can a picture, a word, a letter or a symbol come close to representing me? And then, . . . you found one. Or two. Maybe even seven. It doesn’t matter how many you selected. You then acquired a visual representation of something important either to you or about you. The truth is, your tattoo expresses who you are. It may exemplify a feeling, a unique label, or a memory you hold close to your heart. Something that important to you needs to be documented. And, that documentation can happen if you book a portrait session with the intent of featuring your tattoo!
Let’s talk about the future for a second. Even though tattoos are permanent, they can still transform over time. First, the color may fade. And, second, as your skin’s elasticity refashions itself, the look of your design may also change. That should be even more encouragement for you to get photographs of your freshly painted body art–now. Although I’m not an expert on tattoos, I have seen this type of alteration I’ve described. To read more about it from someone who is an expert, check out this article, https://authoritytattoo.com/tattoos-that-age-well/.
I’ve written several blog posts about how important it is for you to chronicle your life, your beauty, your changes, your roles, and your hair. I believe it’s equally important for you to have a record of your tattoo. But don’t just show up in your favorite outfit, and hope to get a few good shots of it. Carefully consider the cuts and colors that will accentuate it and not hide it. Doing so will guarantee that you get the pictures you want. So, if you have a tattoo, consider my suggestion and book that portrait session. Your permanent accessory doesn’t just want to be seen; it wants to be immortalized!