Images are ways of communicating through imagination. Creating images with intention allows imagination to generate even more meaning, making what you look at more memorable. A single image can help us to grasp the importance of life's mile markers because a visual record communicates to future generations in a powerful way. What's more, photographs are literal images with the capability to lead us to a deeper understanding of the lives that are important to us.
Don't discount your physical image and the impact it has on those that love you. This is why it is important that you should exist in photographs. I know that each of us are not always pleased with our physical appearance, but to those who love us, it is genuinely significant. We live life as embodied creatures, not just minds or souls that happen to have a body. We are an intricate combination of body, mind and soul. Embrace all of it.
Combined with style, atmosphere, posing and expression, images are unquestionably narratives interpreted by imagination and thus play an important part in transporting the viewer to a specific time, place or situation. That theory is evident every time we look back at pictures from years ago of ourselves or of loved ones.
I know that future you will thoroughly enjoy looking back at professionally produced images of today you.