EEEK! You’ll hear a lot of photographers, especially myself, say they prefer to be on the other side of the camera. I grew up in an era (the olden days as my kids like to point out!) where taking ‘selfies’ was considered ‘up yourself’. This led to feeling awkward in front of the camera. These days everyone is taking photos of themselves. And I think that’s brilliant. It creates confidence, self love and self-respect. At least it should.
A few years back I did a personal headshot, just myself in the room with a self-timer. Not too easy nailing the focus on my old Canon 5D mkIII. This year, upgrading my gear, I thought it was time to update the headshot too. I’ve had my hair cut short for several years now, time for the photo upgrade!
Funnily enough, I still felt awkward in front of the camera. I’ve photographed many families, children, weddings & events – I know how to pose, arrange flattering lighting and get the best out of my clients. That all went out the window when it was my turn! I asked my daughter to hit the focus button & fire the shutter for me. I had the camera set on a tripod and away we went. To be honest I was quite frustrated by the end of it – definitely not at my daughter – but at myself. I was being so hard on myself! I was feeling fragile & emotional. I’ve stacked on a few kilos in the last year (getting to grips with a few health issues) and I’d lost the confidence in myself.
In the end, I definitely got some shots I like. Most importantly, I learnt something new (as I try to with all sessions) – what it’s like to be on the other side. How you may be feeling. My focus this year is to make you as comfortable as possible. To see how truly beautiful you all are! I definitely understand how nervous you can be walking in the door. It’s my job to create a calm environment for you. Some sessions can take 15 minutes before we start, because I want to spend that time getting to know you and your family. Other sessions we dive straight in but then stop halfway because the kids have used up their energy and just need a moment to regroup. I’m always talking (too much some might say!) but it allows me to connect with you and make a session that is truly unique, fun & special for you.
March 12, 2021