This is me.
So very often, I find myself behind the camera…taking pictures, collecting memories, and creating art. I won’t lie. It’s my happy place…my safe place.
A few weeks ago, my dear friend and fellow photographer, Shannon Beardslee of One October Day Photography and I met up to exchange headshots. The few times I do find myself in front of the camera, I often find myself enjoying cuddles with my little man while Greg clicks the shutter. I feel alive and joyful and free because I’m so caught up just enjoying my son.
To be in front of the camera alone is a completely different experience.
These pictures aren’t meant to capture a cute outfit, summery sandals, or the sunset at Pasadena City Hall.
They’re meant to capture me.
All of me.
Shannon photographed my giddiness, my shyness, and my confidence. She photographed 32 years of life and faith and love all packaged up into little old me. She photographed a hobby turned into an incredible joy. She photographed me.
Being in front of the camera is not easy. While I always try to create a comfortable and playful atmosphere for my clients, I know full well that feelings of nervousness and self-consciousness still exist deep down within. What can I say other than we’re human. However, when we name those feelings and embrace the opportunity before us fully…whether that is having our photo taken or something else…our beauty radiates.
Thank you, Shan, for capturing my heart in your photographs.