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!