I definitely know and understand completely that is can be uncomfortable being in front of the camera. How do I know? Because I have been in front of the camera before and it can be nerve racking! I think one big reason for this is because you have to open up and be very vulnerable in a situation that can be very out of your comfort zone. Well, I just want you to know, that it is my goal to make you feel as comfortable with me and my camera as possible during your session. I want you to be able to be yourself, open up, and just have a good time!
SO! I thought I would share this story to make you laugh, and let you know, that I am just a person, and I can do (and might do) embarrassing things at your session.
There are plenty of times that I have tripped, slipped, and backed into things, but there has only been ONE time (so far) that I have completely fell flat on the ground during a session. Yes, you heard me. Flat on the ground. Like trip, boom, there I am, on my side, on the ground.
I was at Ocean Beach with a sweet couple, taking photos by a lifeguard tower. The lifeguard tower was not in a normal place though, it was one of the smaller towers, and it was around a bunch of others, like they were planning on moving them or getting rid of them or whatever they were going to do, but there were a bunch of them. We were near the blue tiled restrooms (I know that sounds very romantic, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes) near dog beach and the parking lot, and I was having them sit together on one of the lifeguard towers.
Well, I wanted a certain angle and I ended up positioning myself around one of the other towers that was nearby. So, I am talking to the couple, prompting them, keeping my eye to my camera, not looking at all where I was going, and before I know it, I trip over one of the legs of the tower and there I go, falling straight to the ground, until I am completely on my side, in the sand, feeling super embarrassed.
Of course, as I fell I treated my camera like the winning catch of the super bowl. It never left my hand, and it was up in the air, because there was no way that I was going to let it get hurt (yes, it can feel things *wink*).
I was laughing, but I was definitely embarrassed. Because it wasn’t just my husband or mom or my cats that I fell in front of, it was clients, who I only knew for a little bit. They were so so nice asking if I was ok and I was, it was just sand, not biggie, but it was just embarrassing.
There is one great thing that came from this situation though and that is I am able to share this story with you and make you smile a little bit!