When you realize the headshot you've been using is over seven years old, you grab your uber-talented, picture-taking husband and sweet kiddos and head to the cool, green, leaf wall down the street for a mini photo shoot. Sounds fun, right? Sure, we eventually got to the fun, but I needed a little time (okay, maybe more than a little) to get rid of my awkwardness and figure out what the heck to do with my face and body. I was on the other side of the lens and this was a nerve-racking place to be. Turned out to be an incredibly insightful process...If I feel this way, then I imagine most of my clients must feel this way too. I ask my clients to be natural, be themselves, relax and have fun, all with a big ol' camera pointed at them. Easier said than done. I get it, guys. I had to feel how to move my body into poses, how to feel my facial expressions. I did have to relax, take a few head shakes, and let go a little with the guidance of my photographer and my family. And having my kids in some shots was wonderful for so many reasons. It took some of the attention off of me which really helped me relax and be in the moment. Documenting the different chapters in our lives is what preserves this time and I'm already glad I did it. Now I want to do it again, the whole family!
The empathy and understanding that I gained through my experience in front of the lens will undoubtedly help me be better at what I do. Not only is it knowing how to work the camera, but it's also knowing how to connect with people...feel their energy and capture their essence. A big thanks to my husband for capturing my essence. You can view his amazing work by clicking on the Anthony Shea button below.
All images by Anthony Shea and edits by Ashley Shea.