A few months ago, I decided that I needed to get over my fear of being photographed. I love doing hair and makeup for photo shoots, and being a part of the creative collaboration. I like watching the photographer work, and seeing the model move with seemingly effortless confidence and grace. Often times the models are very tall, very thin and younger than me by a decade or more. I used to tell myself, “You aren’t tall, skinny, pretty, or young enough. You could never be brave enough to get in front of the camera like that.”
A recent conversation with my beautiful fifty year old friend lead me to a realization. She told me that she spent her younger years with the same self doubt. She said, “You will never be any younger or prettier than you are right now. You just need to get over yourself and get some good photos before it all goes down hill!” Shortly after, my friend, Anna Marie, introduced me to an incredibly talented photographer named Robert Hamilton. The three of us decided to do a shoot together, and Anna Marie said, “We’re going to treat you like a model because that will make you act like one.” Sounded great to me! I was really excited!!
The day of our shoot I was so nervous. Robert and Anna Marie made me feel completely comfortable, and coached me on how to relax my mouth and elongate my neck (there’s a lot to modeling that I hadn’t really thought about.) We had a blast at the skatepark in St Johns and in the forest at Pier Park! I still can’t take myself too seriously, but it was really fun to pretend I was a model for a day.