I’m always the one behind the camera. On set at a local TV station or on a live shot for one of my clients, I stand BEHIND the camera guy to make sure I don’t accidentally show up on camera. However, lately I’ve been thinking from a professional stand point, I should have a few headshots. And secretly, I’ve always wanted to model, of with only the best professional hair and makeup, and clothing stylists.
But this past July, I took the leap. A friend of mine (Dean Shirley) does photography on the side and after talking with him a few times, he offered to do a few headshots. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting the outcome, at all. But I like it. And after thinking about it, and experiencing it, it was an amazing self esteem boost for me. It was fun to dress up and show a non jeans style of me.
We started with a few professional shots. They came out….professional. Stiff, conservative, not really flattering, but then again the shots do capture the daily me.
And then, it was the little black dress time.
These first two shots of me looking at my heel is what Dean and his fiancé call “the standard magazine ad pose”. I had no idea how they’d come out, but wow. Frankly, I think it’s the line of the dress that makes these shots. Dean did an awesome job with lighting, and how the dress catches it down the correct seams, is just … wow.
The next shots I call the “Hair flip, prrrrrr.” To get these shots, I literally had to bend over, or sit on a chair for like 50 shots flipping my hair every which way as Dean and I giggled about timing. Modeling has some seriously awkward positions to make a shot look good.
The next collection I think pretty much some up me – the hair in the face, the striking look in the eye. If you ever asked me what my best physical features are, I’d say my eyes first, then my ass.
The innocent chair post is my absolute favorite shot of all. It’s tastefully provocative, innocent yet wow-zer.
And these final shots are something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do. Something about looking from the back, and a girl playing with her hair.
Every woman should get to play in front of the camera once. And if you need a photographer, call my friend Dean.