That awkward moment when all eyes are on you, waiting for you to do something amazing and you realize that you’re just a regular person. Nothing amazing to you.
As a portrait photographer, I am a strong believer in putting yourself on the other side of the camera. It is such a great learning tool in so many different aspects. Starting with the thing every client tells me after they officially book a session, “I don’t know what to wear!”
I don’t know how many different things I tried on. I really wanted to do a session like this in a dress – but my friend and I were trading turns – and it’s just too hard to take photographs in a dress (I always find myself sitting or laying on the ground).
And then you get to the session, and you get in front of that camera, and nervousness totally creeps in. And the smiles become fake. And just standing there becomes so awkward! And you don’t know where to put your arm, or how to tilt your head and then your eyebrows become really tense (well, maybe not YOURS). And as you work through all of that, you learn how to be friends with the other side of the camera. And you learn how to relax. And you realize – my clients go through this every single time.
Yep. I totally believe in taking a turn in front of the camera. It’s uncomfortable. And looking through all the RAW files is embarrassing (why do I keep making THAT face?). And you really become aware of the physical attributes that you don’t like about yourself (hello, snaggle tooth) and some things that you do like about yourself (hey, I have some arm muscle!). And you always remember that Photoshop is your best friend for taking a few years off.
(Updated: Carolina will soon be shutting down her website, if you would like to contact her regarding portraits, please send me en email and I will put you in touch with her.)