getting camera comfortable

The other night, a friend had us over for a casual pizza dinner.  It is no big deal, I thought and wore my super casual mom clothes and went with my hair in it’s absurdly frizzy-straight because I was sick and busy and, well, she’s my friend, she won’t care.

trying hard to relax in front of the camera

And she didn’t.

Except that she was wielding her camera.  And that I minded.   In general, I LOATHE being in front of a camera.  For whatever reason, my camera shyness completely takes over when I am in front of a camera and I come across in a photo with no dimensionality.  There is rarely a glimpse of the essence of me in a posed photo.  And if that weren’t bad enough, my desire to absolutely fake it in hopes of making it actually just creates a photo where my smile is so big that my eyes are shut and I am biting my tongue and partially sticking it out.  I am fairly certain that no one takes a more spastic photo that I do.

And, yet, I am totally aware that if I don’t take photos, Happy has no record that I was there, enjoying everything along with him so I am trying to get better about my camera shyness.  To that end, I recently wrote a post for Mamiverse on how to move past your camera shyness and behind the camera role into a greater comfort with being in front of the camera.

Because I know other women suffer with this same anxiety, I wanted to share the post with you here, too.  Click on through for my thoughts on getting camera comfortable.  


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2 responses to “getting camera comfortable”

  1. Sophie

    I annoy everyone I know by constantly insisting on dragging my camera to everything and it makes me so sad that people are so camera shy. I’m a photographer and there’s nothing better than portrait photography to make you realise how beautiful and unique every single person in the world is. And even people who are confident in their looks, are still camera shy because there’s a sad way of thinking that seems to have developed with the rise of social media that having your photo taken means your ‘attention seeking’ and stuck up. Why can’t we celebrate our unique gorgeousness and capture memories without attaching even more criticism to it?

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