It’s Just A Photo. It’s Just A Photo. It’s Just A Photo…

These days, just about everyone needs a headshot or a professional profile image for their web site or social media accounts.  Everyone wants a good photo of themselves but no one really likes to have their photo taken. Why is that? I am not photogenic. It feels weird. I’m uncomfortable. It’s too expensive.. I’m busy. I need to lose a few pounds first… All of those things may or may not be true but you still need a good photo of yourself which conveys who you are and what you do.  If you are using a phone selfie for your profile photo, that conveys something about you too — see the paragraph above! So, it’s time to get a professional photo of yourself no matter who you are or what you do!  Find a photographer whose style and body of work suits your style and budget and make an appointment.  Then…. Prepare Your Photographer. Long before you sit in front of my camera, I am planning your shoot, how to best light and pose you to get the image you want, so I need to know what do you want your image to convey about you?  Are you a psychologist and want to convey warmth and openness? A realtor who is a deal closer?  An artist who is creative?  If you don’t know what you want, and a lot of people don’t, start a Pinterest board of head shots you like. Prepare Yourself. 1)  Say this to yourself over and over until you believe it:  It’s just a photo. It’s just a photo.  It’s just a photo…. 2) This is the most important tip, so read it twice.  Adjust your attitude. Days ahead of the shoot, start thinking about how much fun you are going to have being “the focus”. …

How Did I Get Here And Where Am I Going?

Those are two questions I ask myself every day. How did I get here? Where am I going? The answer to both of those questions is not abundantly clear. And I am okay with that. That’s how I roll.  I don’t have a bucket list or a 5-year plan, which means I will probably never work for a corporation. And I’m okay with that too. I like to look at life through a wide angle lens, to leave room for the unexpected… Man plans and God laughs. And then He rips your five-year plan into tiny pieces and throws them in the air like confetti. ~ Tina Anderson I like to live organically, according to the whims of the universe, ready to zig or zag when (not if) life throws a curve ball.  Five year plans don’t leave much room for zigging. But. My aversion to plans and spreadsheets is also probably why my photography journey has been one with with a lot of long lay overs. Unlike many photographers, no one in my family had a camera or gave me one growing up. In fact the handful of family snapshots that I have are terrible – out of focus or heads missing.  But God made me to be a visual artist. I am constantly composing in my mind, either stories or photos, and I can’t turn that off. I have always been taken with the human form, fearfully and wonderfully made, and so I studied visual art with a focus on figurative painting in college and graduated summa cum laude.  I bring that up only because no one EVER asks and it was a lot of darn work. [Tip: Not an ideal degree if you want to actually earn a living.]  Landscapes are lovely , but for me, there is nothing more fascinating than the human face or figure — 4.6 billion people on the…