stressed.  a little excited and and a lot uncomfortable.  that is how i felt leading up to my shoot with meghan.  a little background…meghan & i have been two peas in a pod ever since we met.  we’d chit chat for hours about photo equipment, shoot ideas, locations, smugmug, and big dreams about starting our photography careers.  almost seven years later we’ve shared lots of fun, sad, happy, emotional & exciting times.  we shoot weddings together.  we photograph one another’s families. (she is the beautiful red-headed maternity model you may have seen on my blog before.)  anyways, we’re just kind of kindred spirits, i guess.  that said, i knew from the beginning that i wanted her to take photos of me for my website.  she knows me, and i like that i’m so comfortable around her.  so we set it up and planned for a nice saturday afternoon shoot.

and then….i realized…i had never been photographed by myself.  i started panicking.  i began to think of all the excuses i could use to get out of taking photos.  i started mentally compiling all of the reasons why NOW was not the best time for photos.  ill spare you my exhaustive list making skills.  just know it was not pretty.  but i knew that despite all the reasons NOT to get my photo taken, there was really only ONE thing that mattered, and was what drove me to the idea of being photographed in the first place:  i wanted my clients to get a really good feeling of who i was through my site.  i wanted them to know me.  so i didn’t bail.  (even though i totally wanted to.)

so here we (my bathroom & i) are on the day of.  this is often what our spare bathroom looks like when i get ready for anything on the weekend.  (during the week, getting ready consists of rolling out of bed around 7, brushing my teeth, pulling my hair back, and rushing out the door around 720, and then slapping on a little coverup, blush and mascara once i arrive at school while sitting in the faculty parking lot.  but, that’s beside the point)  i was a bit scattered, as were the contents of my cosmetic cabinets.

anyway…was it stressful?  yes.  am i glad i went through with it?  yes.  will i do it again?  hopefully.  i think that photographers being photographed is kind of like teachers making a correction key before giving a quiz…it just makes sense.  and while not always fun to do, it is necessary. and you are extremely grateful on the other end of the “the quiz.”

when i look through the images, i am most grateful that i can honestly say, “yep.  totally me.”   listworthy imperfections included.

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Lindsi - May 2, 2011 - 7:40 pm

they came out beautiful, like any picture you are in :) when i saw the bathroom the first thing i thought was “poor george” haha

jackie - May 17, 2011 - 1:28 pm

awww, thanks guys! :)

Tami - May 2, 2011 - 7:53 pm

Jack I love these. They are so ‘you.’ Hooray!

colie - May 9, 2011 - 7:33 pm

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