As expected, Booster lost interest after about 2 minutes. My son lost interest after about 8 minutes and left to go play Skylanders. There I was, alone in my studio, with a camera remote in my hand.
What would you do? While feeling awkward and totally mischievous, I sat on the ottoman and began to snap a couple shots of myself. I would be lucky if any were in focus, and I was hoping the camera was still focusing on roughly the same place I was sitting with my son. I got up, went to the camera to check out the results. In focus! Oops, my forehead was out of frame. I changed the height of the tripod, sat back down, and snapped a few more. I checked the viewfinder again. In those photos, I looked like I was a deer caught in the headlights. Hmm. What would I tell my client if I were back on my usual side of the camera? I began to rehearse the words. "Tall neck, chin forward and slightly down. Smile with your eyes. Connect with the camera like you would a friend." Then the words of my acting coach come to mind, "Just pretend." Pretend I wasn't holding a remote. Pretend the words I heard in my head were coming from some other photographer. Pretend the results didn't matter.
Okay. I began to warm up.
Another check at the images. What in the world am I doing, I thought? Something came over me. Maybe it's because my family portrait session made me happy. Maybe I felt newly empowered after a tough emotional week. Maybe I just wanted to let it all go and see what happens. What if I could use the photo on my new website? What the heck. I hopped back into frame and went for it.
Later, I upload the photos to my computer and picked my favorite family photo. I did a bit of retouching with the mindset that this will be printed up pretty large over our mantle. Doggie hair was EVERYWHERE.
A friend told me this is the Ultimate Selfie. Ha!
On another note, I am LOVING my new home studio. I have finally figured out the best lighting setup. The way the light bounces off my walls provides a really soft, even light, much like natural light. I am looking forward to trying out my new backdrops with my January Beauty Couture clients!
Exist in photos, my friends.