*Originally written August 26, 2015.
Hey! This is my very first experience with blogging.
Last year, I went through some major changes personally and professionally. I have always been afraid to put myself out there, to be vulnerable, to risk the opinions, critiques, and judgments of others.
Recently, I realized I was holding myself back. The world is a big, sometimes scary place, but if I don't do it now, when will I? Maybe people won't like what I have to say or my work, but maybe they will. Maybe there will be a negative comment, but maybe there will be others offering support and love. I had a bad experience with an anonymous comment long ago and I let that influence every other online interaction since. Not anymore. I have a voice and a good eye! So why not now? Why not choose TODAY?
Last year I joined an incredible movement, the Rising Tide Society. This community lifts me up, motivates me, provides support, encouragement, and the kindest words. It has inspired me in many ways and introduced me to wonderful people. I'm learning, making new friends and having fun! It's made me see it is okay to be vulnerable.
In order to get out of my comfort zone, I decided to get in front of the camera! I've never been comfortable having my photo taken. I'm definitely one of those people with a "good side". No matter how hard I try, being on the wrong side makes me uncomfortable and my smile becomes forced. Photographers have ignored this in the past and I wasn’t happy with the results. This actually helps me empathize with clients who feel the same.
Last weekend I had my girlfriend/assistant, Olivia, take over as photographer. What a learning experience for us both! Observing her direct me gave me a fresh perspective for the way I direct my clients. It was interesting and eye opening. Olivia did a great job making me relax. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon together!
In 2015, I gained more confidence in myself as a person and as a photographer. I can't wait to see what happens next!