It's taken me many years to become comfortable having my picture taken. I know its ironic given my profession. I try my hardest to help people to be comfortable in front of the camera, and to remind them that the results are beautiful. Portraits are on one hand "your true self", and on the other hand just pictures after all. Pictures are important reminders of ourselves, of our past, but they are at times one dimensional representations. They can't carry the same weight as the smell of freshly baked bread or a recently trimmed lawn. But I firmly believe portraits are worthy of the effort and expense to acquire and display.
I recently did another thing that I don't tend to have the confidence to do-- I reached out to a stranger that I admired and asked her if she'd let me buy her a cup of coffee and ask her some questions about her expertise. I didn't expect the generosity that I encountered from Jen Steele when we first met. I certainly didn't expect to find a kindred spirit. Someone who reminded me of myself and a who has in moments felt like an old friend. We haven't actually known each other very long, but I am happy to say that I call her my friend. And I absolutely love the portraits that she took of me!