This one was definitely a challenge. I have this “gift” of being hyper-critical, especially of myself, so the task of taking, liking and publishing a picture solely of me – not me as Mom, or Teacher, or any number of other titles. It was uncomfortable. It was difficult. It took thought and planning and time…and it forced me outside the comfort zone I never acknowledged behind the lens.
Perhaps the most rewarding part of this experience was learning what works and what doesn’t, and thinking like my subjects for a moment. I have no plans to do anything more than have fun with my photography right now, but recognizing the feelings of awkwardness or uneasiness, feeling “posed” or less-than-natural. That was good.
Plus, knowing that my partner would be there with me, made this not quite as scary. There’s comfort in company, in friendship, in recognizing common ground. I look forward to “meeting” everyone today!