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It is all about facing the lens today…

I am grateful to have collected thousands of precious photographs of my family and friends over the years.  In almost all the “family photos” I am present, but behind the lens.  If you were glancing through photos from our recent trip to San Juan you might ask if I were actually there.  I surface in about one of every 498 photos.  That equates to one shoe next to a heart-shaped rock in about every 98 images; but who is counting?  I believe this might be a common ratio for moms who might designate themselves as the family photographer.  Love to snap the shutter; but I am unquestionably awkward near the lens.

Now that I mentioned San Juan I have to show you this collage of a few animal encounters.  The featured frog below is a rockin’ creature, popular throughout the island as they enliven nightfall with a soft ko-kee chant.  The sound is the root of its name. The coqui frogs begin to sing as the sun dips and they continue all through the night welcoming the crack of dawn.

A peak back at photos from San Juan: the critter collage.

Photos from San Juan: the critter collection.

Back to my introverted camera shyness…

I just found this photo from my toddler days affirming that the fear of the lens has a long history.

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I am the sheepish toddler in the green and yellow suit. No eye contact in this Kodak moment. Don’t even ask about my haircut. And, do not look at my bangs.

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No owning my special moment behind the cake. Same rules apply: don’t look at my bangs!

Now this is embarrassing.

Painfully embarrassing.  I should have kept the bangs.

I am in the midst of an online photography class.  The instructor gave us an impossible assignment.  Shoot self portraits or invite a friend to photograph you.  It was a deer-in-the-headlights moment.

So I started with this… standard demeanor: no eye contact with the lens.

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I interrupt this post for a song tip:  We Will Become Silhouettes by The Postal Service.  Awesome track!

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Mission accomplished: well kinda.  For now.

Clearly this is a work-in-progress assignment.  I am looking at the camera (ok my phone / it is less intimidating with that teeny tiny lens).  My concert t-shirt says Born & Raised; just like the Leinie’s sign so I was laughing about the matchy-matchy moment and the fact that I wasn’t born here (Wisconsin) but I am being raised here by my lovely tribe of friends.

To all of you brave photogenic friends… what is your secret?

And my fellow camera-shy peeps… I hope today you will face the lens.  Yes, today.

Smile on…

Current Photography Obsessions

1.) I am loving Photo Craft by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck!  Terrific book with inspiring tutorials and creative ways to use your photographs.

2.) Love, love, love the collage feature on PicMonkey via the free online photo editing site.

3.) Under the Sycamore is the first blog I every followed (years ago!). The brilliant Ashley Ann shares her journey as a mother and photographer, via inspired posts, photography tips and online classes.

This post is part of a brave blogging link-up that’s part of Liv Lane’s How To Build a Blog You Truly Love e-course (which I do LOVE by the way!). I was challenged to step outside my comfort zone and share something with you that felt especially brave.  Babystep brave… If you want to see really, really brave posts, just follow this link: (http://blog.livlane.com/ )