I’m becoming so engrossed in my new photography obsession. I LOVE taking pictures, exploring and learning about the way light works…. I definitely have found a new view of the world through the lens of my camera.
One thing I am NOT good about is having my own picture taken.
Outside the realm of my discoveries in photography I am, like most most moms, always behind the camera during family events, play dates…. in daily life. I don’t end up in the pictures; and most of the time that is fine by me. What inevitably ends up happening is that if I DO end up in the photos I am:
There are times when I think about what my children will have to look at when I’m old and I cringe. I have pictures of my grandma from when she was younger and she is beautiful. Flawless. And those pictures are in the days of pre-post-editing. I have almost no pictures of my own mother and this makes me sad. I want my kids to have pictures that remind them not only of what we did in our lives….but of me enjoying our life.
What’s a girl to do?
Oh, wait. I have all of these amazing friends who take amazing photographs.
Last weekend I worked with 4 blogger friends who I adore, trust and with whom I can generate amazing ideas and content.
After re-tweeting a “Before and After” photo shoot on Twitter the other night, Sandie came to us and said: I need to practice my portraiture and I want to try out something new. I need guinea pigs and you all are it.
So along with writing, learning, and sharing over the weekend….we had some photos taken. In clothes that fit. Fully showered. Make-up and hair that was done with purpose and skill. (Did I mention there are no kids on this trip?)
The catch? We were doing “Before” and “After” pics like the ones in the links above.
I was terrified.
But I made the conscious decision to let that go. I was with people I love and trust. The pictures aren’t going to be risque … they are meant to be beautiful.
There is no reason that I shouldn’t love having some pictures of myself. So I committed to loving them.
And love them I did.
There are many pictures from the shoot…and from pictures my friend Kristen took of Sandie taking pictures of me…that I love just as much because they remind me of how much fun we had.
And I’m going to post them. Soon. (Along with pics of the beautiful B & B we stayed in …)