Overcoming Camera Shyness

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I am in the process of updating my print materials and had a little photo shoot to add my lovely mug. Today I popped one of my cameras up and used my remote to shoot a couple of self portraits. It is true, at least for me, that always behind the camera means rarely being photographed. My mom used to joke that when I was little she was tempted to bring me in to model for catalog's, but in reality I have never been one to seek out the lens, I always tended to be behind the lens capturing them moments. So now is the time to admit my shocking secret. Like a lot of the folks I photograph, I used to have the mentality creep in, "I just do not take good photos."

Hold back your surprise.

Obviously, I overcame this fear, there are photos of me scattered randomly throughout my blog for goodness sake. So what pray tell, is my secret to successfully defeating this fear: You do not need to be a model to make a memory. I have shared my dorky moments, such as the sunburn incident, and even jumping into a pond to capture an image. I am willing to make a dork out of myself to show, those moments are all memories to me. They are stories to share with others -- family, friends, and friendly blog readers. Sure, you do not have to broadcast yourself all over the place, but at the end of the day, the folks looking at the photos are not saying, "gee, that person is not a model." Instead they say, "that is an awesome story." Simply keep everything in perspective.

As a recovering camera shy gal, I can say that there is hope. Simply tell your story.

On a very random side note, I sent this blog link to one of my lovely nearlyweds, and I am definitely digging it. It is just so delightful and refreshing, and Earth Friendly as well. Lots of fantastic resources for folks trying to put together an eco friendly event.


  1. So true...the story is far more important. :) Nice self portraits btw. The blog link is pretty darn snazzy too. :)

  2. I love your self portraits! You're gaw-jus!

  3. Yes, I too have that mentality and hate being in front of the camera-hooray to you for doing it!

  4. are you kidding!? those pics are awesome!love your smile in them so 2 and 3 are my favs!

  5. I had to laugh when I opened this. I had just finished talking myself out of doing some self portraits this morning. Why? Well because, you know... :)

  6. Is def harder to get a self portrait done. You did GREAT.

  7. It's not that I mind getting my picture taken, in fact I like it. It's what it turns out later then I go ewww! Retake!