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So to start with, I can understand the fear of being in front of a camera. I hardly ever get in front of the camera as I start thinking about my own insecurities. I am proud of who I am and how I am built but just like everyone else I have certain things that I wish I could change.
February 1st, 2018 I met up with another amazing photographer Lauren Palumbo of Lauren April Photography. You can view her workby clicking on her business name above. Her and I both value community over competition when it comes to the photography industry. She has helped me out and I have helped her out.
We both realized that we hardly had any photos of ourselves other than your typical cell phone selfies.
We met up down by the water at Northeast Creek Park right after my hair appointment. I was hoping to have time after my hair appoint to change my clothes however I did not have time to do so. Even though I didn’t have time to prepare for my photos as I had hoped to I really love how they turned out.
I photographed Lauren and she photographed me. We then edited our own photos of ourselves in order for our images to be more consistent with our personal photography editing style. Below are a few of the images of me.
As you can see I am a huge goof. I love the images of me making silly faces, because they truly show my personality. I am a professional, but I am also human. I make mistakes. I sing songs to loud and dance like no one is watching. I embarrass myself constantly, but I am okay with that. I may not be picture perfect, but who is.
I love what I do and it was time I edit some photos of myself. I wanted to write this blog to show you guys who I am and explain about being in front of the camera rather than behind it.
- Everyone has insecurities but don’t let that prevent you from getting photos done. I do not regret it and yes in some of these photos I show some of my insecurities but they are me and I still love the images.
- It’s okay to get a bit uncomfortable. I started out being uncomfortable so I kept making silly faces as a coping mechanism. Everyone has a coping mechanism. Eventually I was comfortable and just started doing silly faces to simply portray my personalty more.
- Looking back I am so glad I did it. I finally have photos that show what i love to do and my personality . I have photos that my kids, grand kids, and great grand kids , etc can look back on and see what kind of person I was. They tell a story about me. I may not always like to be photographed ,but it is worth it.
- When i really thought about it I couldn’t come up with a good enough reason to not have photos of myself. What could I lose from doing it. If anything I gained more confidence in myself . It was honestly rather empowering.
I hope this gives everyone an idea of who I am and gives some in site behind getting in front of a camera. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely do it again soon.
Below is a little doodle done by one of my best friends for me using a sketchbook app on her computer. Thank you Brianna LeTourneau for the beautiful doodle with a great message!
We had several in studio and on location session this week. We did a maternity session, a few boudoir session, and a senior session. I have fun with all my sessions. However, I had so much fun working with an awesome mother and her daughter. We did her Senior Photos.
I was saddened to hear that they had a horrible experience with another business regarding her senior photos. The photos they received were not what they were hoping for and they did not have a pleasant experience all around. I won’t go in to detail as that is not my story to tell.
This experience is what made her mother search for another photographer to get her daughter’s senior photos done. She did not want her daughter stuck with a photo that they all disliked in the yearbook and did not want to support the business they had such a problem with.
(I will not give names of the clients or the business)
Originally we were going to meet at 3:00pm on Sunday to do the in studio portraits. Then we were going to head to Northeast Creek Park for photos. Unfortunately, the whether did not agree with us so instead we went ahead and did the in studio shoot. However, We rescheduled the outdoor portion for the following Wednesday. It was amazing. We cracked jokes, chit chatted, and all got to know one another. As a photographer I feel it is important to get to know your clients.
We got the Senior Portraits done using the senior drape and blue backdrop. Next came her marching band uniform and her baritone. I was so excited. Remember how I mentioned about getting to know your client…. Well how cool is this! She is in marching band, but not only is she in marching band she played in the Macy’s Day parade! She is such an extraordinary young woman. When I asked her what she plans to do after high school she said she was joining the Marine Corp. I would be honored to have her defending our country! Hmmm, I never asked her, but I wonder if she will be in the Marine Corp Band? Below you will see some of the images from the band photos we took in studio.
These photos were so much fun to take. She truly has a bright future ahead of her and I am honored I was able to take these photos for her and her family.
After we were done with the In studio portraits I spent the next two days editing and getting the photos ready for them. There was one particular photo where the light was shining on her lips just right it actually looked like she had eaten a powdered doughnut. Which of course I corrected, but it gave us all a good laugh. Hey photographers are humans too we make mistakes. I for one definitely make sure if I did not catch something that I get it corrected.
I even left some of the silly face images and the whoopsie images. I do this because all though they are not perfectly posed or not the exact right expression those images tell a story and hold great memories from that moment in time. So of course I gave her mom some of those images. You never know she could use them in a wedding slideshow way down the road. HAHA! No seriously though she loved her silly face photos. They showed her true personality. She actually did a poll on Facebook where she shared some of the senior portraits with the drape and blue background. She included the silly face photo and everyone voted on that voted because it showed exactly what a fun and bright personality she has.
After all that was said and done we met that Wednesday at Northeast Creek Park to do the Non-traditional style outdoor senior portraits. –>
Even though they are not “traditional” senior portraits these are my favorite! . I believe they capture her as person and show how amazing she truly is. They tell a story. They show her personality. I hope to work with them more in the future as they were such a blast to work with and she’s just absolutely stunning!
More photos from this amazing session with an extraordinary young woman below.
Class of 2019! You go Girl! Get ready to show the world what your made of!