As a photographer, it is my job to capture all beauty. For some reason, most people seem to only focus on fashion and glamour, but that represents a very small demographic. Look around you. See the beauty around you. Expand your vision.
I have worked with people, some models, some friends, some family, and many strangers. I have enjoyed working with all of them. I have enjoyed showing them the beauty I see in them. However, models are more willing to get in front of the camera. I would love to see others taking the plunge and getting in front of the camera. Don't worry that you don't fit the narrow definition of beauty that the media has defined. You are beautiful as you are in this very moment and you will be beautiful for many years to come.
I had the opportunity to photograph Rick, a lovely 71 year old man. I wanted to create an emotive portrait of him as well as a concept. I have submitted the concept for consideration in a show so I will not share it until I hear if it has been accepted or rejected. However, I am very, very pleased with the results. Below is the portrait. As you can see, he's handsome and thoughtful.