I have been thinking a great deal about the concept of being photogenic lately, and how many people believe they are not so...and run from the camera. I share a few thoughts in the video below:
I feel sad when I hear people say that they dislike being photographed. I have to admit, I have been known to utter the phrase "I'm more comfortable behind the camera," i.e. every photographer's excuse to not be photographed.
But what was I really saying?
- That I felt unworthy to have portraits taken?
- That I felt like I needed to drop a few pounds?
- That I felt awkward because I didn't know how to pose.
- That I would not like what I saw?
Yep - I was saying all of that and more. What took me a little while to realize was that I just needed someone capable to photograph me. After much trial and error, I finally found photographers in my own genre, put myself in front of a lens, and came away with some of the most incredible photographs of myself I have ever had. You know why? I was in the hands of colleagues who knew how to capture me at my best. More on that experience in another post.
The takeaway is this: if we don't put ourselves in front of a lens, how will we ever exist in photographs? Don't let your fear of not liking what you see keep you from being photographed. I did not give in to that fear and am happier and more confident for it, plus I have incredible pictures my family and I will treasure.
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