So to my husband's
dismay joy, I recruited him to help me take some updated photos. I definitely believe in supporting local photographers, but my friend Christina and I just couldn't get our schedules to line up this summer!
Here was my Google+ photo...
Not terrible. But it was taken 2 years ago!!
Here was my Facebook and website profile picture:
Also not terrible, but those were extensions so I don't even look like that (they were super fun though). Plus, I'm not really even smiling in the photos...and I'm a pretty smiley person.
So I pulled out my favorite dresses and tried out a couple new locations! This was also helpful in not just getting new pictures, but seeing what's it's like on the other side of the camera and seeing how I can improve it for my clients. Do I feel awkward posing? Do I want more direction? Feedback? Is the photoshoot too long? Am I tired? etc.
Here's the 2016 version of me!
Let's get real for a second. It's hard not to look at pictures of yourself and not see flaws. When you're always the one taking the pictures, you never know what it's like to see yourself through a different perspective. Just like in life, you always want to show the best version of yourself. You want to seem beautiful and put together. But I don't think that is real or authentic. So below is a photo of myself I don't like. Totally raw and unedited:
The minute I saw it I started picking it apart "I look awkward!" "Oh my gosh, are my arms really that big?" "I don't have a neck" "Look at my huge under eyes!"
None of you guys probably even noticed that. How do I know? Because I've seen pictures of people that they post and then critique how they look. First glance, I have no idea what they're talking about. Then I have to squint to find it. Then when I "find it" I realize it's not a flaw at all and it never crossed my mind as something "bad." So heed this gentle encouragement to not look at yourself through the eyes of yourself...which are usually full of self-doubt and criticism, but look at yourself the way other people look at you. Beautiful & happy.
Whew, that was pretty deep for me. Now I'm going to go watch Friends to make me laugh.