Hi friend! You know.. i really don't think there's anything wrong in celebrating you! You are unique.. you have something which only you alone possess in this world, so that in and of itself is enough to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin. (Maybe!!!!) i hear you say.. Lol
Let's face it we all have different "ideas" of what it takes and it means to be confident & comfortable in front a camera. What I'm talking about is that kind of confidence brings some kinda peace.. and practically no fear, so in turn it has the potential to build your confidence to even higher levels.
For years & years through my late teens and early 20's I read various books to try and "find" this level of confidence. You know, books on body language, on spirituality, Reiki healing, all kinds of alternative therapies like colour therapy, aromatherapy, learning about herbal remedies! Crystal healing, meditation...!!! Auras.. The LOT. I was searching!
Searching to find some kind of inner peace and a sense of calm that surpassed the noise in an otherwise busy and very hectic world. A world where i was trying to fit in and world where I was trying to find myself all at the same time. I realized later that it's better not to fit in and that I didn't fit in for a reason. Maybe that reason was to become a photographer and to highlight other people's strengths, to help to empower people from behind the camera. All because of my own personal experiences and feelings to draw on.
I believe that it's healthy to have photos of yourself! to create and keep memories of your today.
As a photographer I always photograph other people and so i found that I literally had hardly any of myself. Well that and dodging the camera... So basically getting to the stage now of not wanting to hit 70 and looking back at my life to see very little made me think. It made me think that i needed to face fears and start taking more photos, conquer fears and face my own discomfort. Call it a growth exercise.
Photography is an opportunity to grow and develop, to create a photo journal of your life.*
You know, what kind of sold me on this was the fact that none of us really know how long we have have here, i KNOW I say this ALL the time. Carpe diem!!!! So why be ashamed of exploring and also expressing yourself? Why be afraid or ashamed of what people will think of you or what they say because frankly the people who slate you or talk bad about you are really genuinely not your people anyway!!! So why would we all wanna seek the approval of these kinda people.
You need people in your life who celebrate you, who champion you and who want to see you blossom & succeed by becoming your best self.
Now I say all this in a healthy way!! Because just as they champion you and support and encourage you, you must also champion, support & encourage them. It's a mutual thing, it goes two ways right!. This kinda relationship is healthy & strong!
I'm a photographer!!!! I provide photo shoots for people all the time.. so I thought, I can adapt this and start to photograph myself in between booked clients. So this exercise is an ongoing process for me and what I want to leave you with is this.
That there really is nothing wrong in getting in front of the camera. I know we are all regular everyday people! Most of us aren't models and in between seeing perfect celebrities online with their wrinkle free faces, vampire facials, toned and and near perfect lifestyles it makes us everyday people think, maybe.. why would I photograph myself, I'm not these kinda people.
But you know what I say to that..? That I love individuality, I love unique people! I love seeing individual characters because they inspire me with their energy and their style. I love seeing perfectly imperfect people because we are all the same! Perfectly imperfect. And more so, I love when people say to hell with it… I'm gonna do it anyway.. I'm gonna do it my way!
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from documenting your life. So grab a friend or just grab your phone and get snapping. Celebrate you, this life you're given and never let yourself think that you're not enough because you are enough. Your light is unique to you. Shine. Yx
Carpe diem baby.. xoxo