Photos by Landon Michael Photography
A month or so ago, Alea and I were sitting at story time at the library when I got a text from my friend Kim. Kim and I know each other through nursing school and she’s one of the girls I’ve grown closest to at school. She asked if Alea and I wanted to meet up with her and she’d take some mother daughter photos and then some photos of me for my blog. Just thinking about it filled my stomach with knots, but I immediately agreed. A little while later, she asked if it would be okay if we waited till later so her husband Chris could tag along and take the photos instead. Uh totally! I spent the rest of the day picking out outfits, making sure Alea went down for a nap (so she wasn’t a miniature bear by the time they arrived) and getting ready. Heck, I even painted my nails.
You have to understand something about me before we go on. I’m kind of shy. Sure, I can rock out like nobody’s business in my car, but that’s not a big deal because I’ll probably never see those people at the stoplight again. You know? I have this weird anxiety about being in front of the camera. It just makes me nervous. I would much rather be behind the camera taking photos than having someone else take photos of me. That’s what made me the most nervous about getting our photos taken. I just didn’t want to feel silly or make a fool out of myself.
However, my worries were quickly put to rest when Kim and Chris arrived with their adorable littles, Layla and Landon. They’re both such easy going people that I had no problem posing in front of the camera like I thought I would. Sure I asked “what do I do with my arms” or “did I have a double chin in that photo” a couple of times, but that’s all part of the creative process, right? 😉
And never mind the fact that these photos were taken right outside the front of my house… in the middle of the street… with cars driving by occasionally… and my neighbor walking outside to take out the garbage. Because that’s just not awkward at all, right?
I stepped even farther out of my comfort zone when Kim suggested the outfit I’m wearing above. I walked inside to change thinking she was absolutely out of her mind, but when I tried it on and looked in the mirror it just kind of worked. I think this is the most colorful outfit I’ve ever worn. After walking outside, she whipped this belt out of her trunk and I had the most out-of-my-comfort-zone outfit I’ve ever worn.
But that got me thinking. What’s the point if you don’t step across that line every once in a while. Put on something fun and something different and rock it. Who cares what others think (or the wide-eyed glances I was getting from Cory when I was taking these photos) they’re not the ones wearing it– you are! I feel like I really am learning to dress for me and finding my own personal style.
And that is a wonderful feeling.
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