This is a photo that my friend Cathy took of me on a photo trek we made at an old fort this summer. I was excited to share some lighting ideas and she took the day off to go "play" with me. We had tried to line up other "models" to shoot but it didn't pan out on that day. So instead we ventured off and took turns photographing one another. We talked, we laughed, we took pictures…. we shared the day together and we allowed ourselves to be carefree.
Cathy invited me along for a portrait shoot she had planned with her friend Mary Beth this past weekend. Mary Beth is battling health issues that would crumble the "carefree" in most people. But on this gathering a wonderful brunch prepared with love, lively conversation and much laughter was shared among family and friends. Sharing good times together that brings a smile gives us all a chance to be carefree even if only for the moment.
So as we approach 2015 keep that thought in mind. We all have things in our lives that take away our smile. Allow yourself a little "carefree" time with the people you love.
The more I make portraits for clients the more I tune in to how people feel about themselves. This includes those times when I take on myself. I will want to try out a new thought with lighting or backdrop and have no model available; but won't want to be my own "model". Fortunately for me my job supersedes my self confidence and 8 times out of 10 the photographer in me wins.
These sessions give me insight on the technical aspects of my work ~ but more importantly they bring a much more personal acceptance than I ever could have imagined.
I feel silly ~ I laugh ~ I get uncomfortable ~ I get comfortable ~ these are the things I want my clients to feel when I'm making their portraits. The last thing I want them to think about is "can you photoshop ________ out" (insert least favorite body part/s or facial feature/s)
We are all much too hard on ourselves. We need to view ourselves with the kindness and respect that we view others.
~ Laugh ~ Be Silly ~
~ Allow your inner self to take center stage ~
~ your outer self is the under study ~
Try looking at your laugh lines in a new light….and have a chuckle or two!