The new me

October 25, 2014

Good lord, getting a good photo of me can be somewhat challenging. I know… you’re thinking really, that’s just silly. But trust me it’s ever so true. Here’s a secret, I really hate being in front of the camera. And now that I really think about it, I’ve never really had a great photographer pose me or shoot me, so maybe that’s it. Either way, I make strange and funny faces and I just want to laugh at myself.

What’s even worse is a moving camera. It’s really ridiculous actually.  I turn into a strange, awkward version of myself.  I’m really trying to get better though. I obviously can’t become and international world renowned brand without mastering this, so I have to practice, practice and do a lot more practicing.  I’m sure I’ll do some failing, but I’m bound to get better a little bit more each time.

It’s been a pretty exciting year for me. So many wonderful new opportunities, new friends and strange magic. It all seems to be falling together and I’ve never felt so alive and inspired. I’ve been listening to podcasts and books on tape obsessively and learning more than I can process. I’m hooked and I think I’ve learned more in the last year than the last 5 put together.

It’s been a crazy ride, but I’ve been following my bliss for the last 15 years. I’ll never forget when I made up my mind to become a photographer. It feels like yesterday. I was studying abroad in Europe and I showed up for the first day of class and I was bored out of my mind. I was like, screw thiiiiis, I’m transferring to the art school, even though no one had done that before. I decided this was going to happen and it did. Funny how that works! I was the first american to get into their photography program. I was a rock star. Not really, but I thought I was pretty cool.

This is were it all happened, when I really decided I would make a living and taking portraits of people. I wondered the streets of London, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, and many more with camera in hand, falling in love with the world around me in a whole new way. It’s been quite a journey since then. Photography has taught me so much about myself and I could never give up on it, it’s the compass to my soul.

Anyhow, a long lead into, the new me…. The next best thing is always around the corner, don’t ever give up!

My amazing talented boyfriend took these of me last weekend at that lovely gifting event at my new studio. One of the designers let me play dress up with his couture gowns. Not so bad, right! I’m so lucky to have boyfriend that knows his way around a camera. He usually hates taking photos of me because I’m so picky, but he came through this time, thank god.



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