As photographers, we know how hard it is to suddenly step on the other side of the camera, whether it is for ourselves or for someone else. I personally feel much more comfortable taking my own photograph for the simple reason that I have control. I can hit delete or use any picture I choose, whereas with someone else, they have that control.
I was in need of a new headshot because I’ve been using the same thing for ages. I have always taken my own headshots because it just seemed normal. I know how to work a camera, so why would I get someone else to do it? Well, I the more I thought about that notion, the more it intrigued me to ask someone else to portray me as they see me. I wondered where we would shoot, and what types of poses or expressions they would ask for.
So, while I was in St. Louis, MO and staying with my good friend Amy Parrish, I knew she was the perfect person to ask. I adore her style, though it is different from my own. I believe in her ability to capture a person’s soul. So I asked her if she would honor me with a picture. I am so thankful she agreed. We had a whole thing planned for the forest, but with freezing temps and busy schedules we never got around to shooting there. So instead, on a short break, as we stood in our hotel room, she took my picture.
I had been playing with the curtains and watching how the beautiful evening light filled the room, and when she noticed, she fell in love with it too. I started walking away from the window when she told me to stop, and asked if we could do the shoot right then and there. I thought it sounded perfect, and so in less than 5 minutes she took these pictures of me.
Strange, how a 5 minute photo shoot in a hotel room can completely capture how I feel inside, but it did. The way she processed the images, the way she posed me…it felt right. I felt like myself, and somehow, that is the hardest thing to feel when in front of the camera. Like you belong. Like you are being captured in a way that is true to who you are.
So there we have it. A new headshot and some pictures I will cherish forever because of the memory and because my amazing friend Amy captured them.