As a photographer, it is hard to be the one in FRONT of the camera. However, I am a firm believer in having an avatar photo online that looks like you look in person. While filling out my BlogHer forms, I realized that my current avatar photo was just too out of date. I have longer hair. I have new glasses. I have finally, after a very long hunt, found the perfect signature red lipstick*.
It was time for a new photo. I had my husband go to the studio with me to take it, and since he is not a photographer himself he is tolerant of my need to control the photo. “How does my shirt look? Any wrinkles? Are my bangs ok? Take it from that angle. No, stand there. Wait, let me sit down.”
Basically, I posed myself, and he was the carbon-based, voice-activated camera control for most of the photos.
Except for this one. This one? He took all on his own. One single frame.
As I went through them afterwards, I liked several of the other ones, but something about this one jumped out at me. It is my favorite from the whole shoot.
Maybe I need to let go more often. Relax. Trust in what others see, the beauty they can reveal to me for myself. After all, it is what I expect of all of my clients – so it is only right that I give him that freedom as well.
Trust in the beauty that others see in you. They are only reflecting back to you what truly shines through.
* Perfect for me red lipstick – not too orange, not too cherry, not too bright, has just a hint of blue – Maybelline’s ColorSensational Lipcolor in Red Revival. After trying on literally every red at Sephora, I found this gem at Walgreen’s, for 1/4th the price of anything Sephora had. I stocked up and have a tube of it in every bag I own!