{Raleigh NC Newborn Photographer} Putting Myself Out There

May 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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I can't believe I am writing this blog post.  I mean, I came up with this idea a long time ago when a business savvy friend suggested I use my head shot as my profile pic on my Facebook page.  On the outside, I agreed with her.  I'm sure my future clients want to see what I look like.  But on the inside I groaned.  Because I went into this business so I could stay behind the camera, not in front of it!  Yet, when I put myself in your shoes, if I were hiring a photographer and entrusting him or her with my brand new baby or my own children, I would absolutely want to get to know him or her a bit.  

Normally, when I know I want to have pictures taken of myself, I give myself months, if not years to prepare.  I've got to get in shape first, cut out the sugar, get a hair cut, go shopping for some nicer outfits, explore different backdrop and lighting techniques, the most flattering poses, etc.  It's quite a process.  Sigh...but I'm not doing that here.  I decided this morning, on a whim, to take head shots of myself.  I could have dressed up.  I have some really pretty dresses that I could have worn.  But I wanted to keep this as true to myself as I could and the truth is, I'm sort of a tom boy.  I'm more comfortable in a shirt and jeans.  This shirt I'm wearing is nothing special, but it sums up my style... casual, comfortable, natural, and I love wearing it.  

The whole idea of posting head shots on a blog post or anywhere else is a little difficult for me.  Like almost all women, I'm critical of the way I look.  But today I'm going to put that aside. 

Sure, a picture is worth a thousand words, but just for fun, here are a few interesting facts about me.  

  • I love my family.   My husband, Dan, is my greatest supporter.  There's no way I could run a business without his love and support.  I have two little boys, Jameson and Rhys.  We love to read books, do puzzles, build Legos together, go for hikes, hunt for bugs, and camp out in the backyard.  
  • I'm an introvert.  When I get into a situation and I sense that everyone else is shy too, I'll pop out of my shell and play the extrovert.  I'd rather put other people at ease even if it doesn't come natural to me.
  • I love to sing.  When I'm working from home, I sing all the time.  It's a good thing no one is home, though, because I am awful at it.  I love 80's music and Christian music, whatever suits my mood.  I like to dance too, but I'm just as bad at dancing as I am at singing.  Oddly, I also love peace and quiet.  I love listening to music but after an hour or so, I'm ready for quiet.
  • I can't stand to be the center of attention.  I'll speak up for a second if I need to, but I'd rather observe everyone else than have everyone watching me.  To be honest, I don't even know if I'll have the nerve to click "publish" after I type out this blog post.
  • I'm an undying optimist.  Sometimes it's a good thing, but sometimes it's not.  Maybe I'm too trusting at times.  I believe that the world is a beautiful place and I choose to focus on the positive stories in life.  There is so much to love about life and I believe there are still plenty of good people in the world.  
  • I am a follower of Jesus.  I am very quiet, very reserved about my faith in God.  I may not be very vocal about it, but it's an important part of my life. 
  • I have loved art and creating for as long as I can remember.  When I was little, I'd spend hours drawing pictures of our family.  I was always trying to build and make pretty things.  I loved to paint, sneak into my mom's sewing room, make things out of clay.  I made my own paper dolls, 3D pop out books, and even movies.  
  • Before I was a photographer, I was a teacher.  I taught kindergarten for 4 years and first grade for one.  I love kids.  I loved teaching and I actually miss it a lot.  I sometimes substitute teach (I love subbing in my kids' classes).  Being a teacher allowed me to be creative.  My favorite activities were centers and craft time. Being a teacher also taught me patience.  Maybe I enjoy photographing babies and children so much because they never stress me out or make me frazzled.  
  • I really struggle to focus.  I'm not sure if it's being a mom and trying to run a business at the same time, but I've learned that I have to rely on schedules, deadlines, and lists to get everything done.  I get sidetracked very easily.  
  • I love to cook and I especially love to try new recipes from other countries.  But I'm a terrible cook.  Things go wrong when I get too impatient to read the recipe thoroughly.  

I am passionate about photography, but I'm even more passionate about people.  I care about families, their children, and their memories.  If you'd like me to help capture the beautiful moments in your family's life, I would love to hear from you.  Now that you've gotten to know me a little bit, let me get to know your family and how I can serve you.  





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