daring glamour photography
Like most photographers, I hate being photographed. For someone so comfortable behind the lens, I am equally uncomfortable in front of it. Like most women, I am often too hard on myself. The dialogue in my head often sounds something like this: “I have a big nose.” “I wish I lost that 10 pounds I have left over from baby No. 2.” “I am so not photogenic.” Yes, being in front of the camera raises my awareness of my faults and insecurities, and that’s exactly why I do it!
I remember my first time, one on one, in front of the camera with a professional photographer. It was for my headshots with my friend Jeff Mosier. Now, keep in mind, this is someone I have known for years and yet I still felt incredibly uncomfortable. I had no clue what to do, and I felt so awkward. Jeff gave me a lot of instruction and put me at ease. By the end of the session, I was actually having fun.
Now that I braved something simple like a headshot session, it was time to move on to something more daring. A boudoir shoot. Like so many boudoir photographers, I was already in business for about two years, but I had not yet experienced my own boudoir session. It was incredibly embarrassing when a client would ask if I had my own shoot, and I had to admit that I was too chicken. What kind of message does that send?