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10/16/2015 05:07 pm ET

Why This Man Respectfully Rejected His Wife’s Retouched Boudoir Photos

"When you took away her wrinkles, you took away over two decades of our laughter, and our worries."
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One guy was not happy with his wife's boudoir photos that she gave him for Christmas. And his reason is awesome. 

On Oct. 12, boudoir photographer Victoria Haltom wrote a Facebook post that included a powerful letter from a past client's husband. In the post, Haltom describes a time in the beginning of her career that she "messed up really badly." 

A woman in her mid-forties came to Haltom for a boudoir photoshoot and asked Haltom to photoshop all of her cellulite, stretch marks and wrinkles. At the time, Haltom happily obliged.

It wasn't until she received a letter from the client's husband that she realized what a mistake she had made. 

"I am writing to you because I recently received an album containing images you took of my wife," the husband, who Haltom kept anonymous, wrote. "These pictures... while they are beautiful and you are clearly a very talented photographer... they are not my wife."

The husband wrote that his "heart sank" when he opened the photo album because all of her "flaws" had disappeared. "When you took away her stretch marks, you took away the documentation of my children," he wrote. "When you took away her wrinkles, you took away over two decades of our laughter, and our worries."

Read the full heart-wrenching letter below in Haltom's post. (The woman in the image featured in Haltom's post is not the client referred to in the letter.) 

Haltom's post has received over 7,000 likes and 2,000 shares. It's safe to say her words and the words of the client's husband truly resonated with people. 

Towards the end of his letter, the man thanked Haltom for making him realize how much he loves his wife "just as she is." "She hears it so seldom, that she actually thought these photoshopped images are what I wanted and needed her to look like," he wrote. "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."

And now we're crying. Thanks for sharing, Victoria. 

H/T Mic

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