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Stepping Out from Behind the Camera

Our Chamber of Commerce will be featuring Capio Creative Co on their blog next month. So I took my own headshot last week and let me tell you, it was a challenge. In the end I’m glad that I decided to do it myself because I learned a lot about what its like to be on the other side of my camera.

Like most people, I have my “problem” areas. For example, when I was a kid I had plastic surgery on my cheek. As a result of that surgery, my right cheek sometimes looks puffy when I smile. It bugs me a lot in pictures but I have learned how to turn my head in ways that minimizes the effect.

What I realized during my own shoot is that it is important for my clients to voice these concerns to me during their session. If I know in advance, there are a lot of things I can do to help mask these little problem areas. Whether it be lighting, posing or using Photoshop, if you let me know what areas bug you then we can work together to make sure we’re minimizing those areas of concern.

This may seem a little contradictory to my first point, but we also have to learn to accept some of the things about ourselves that we cannot change. Although lighting, posing and Photoshop can be helpful we still want our images to look like us! We need to remember that we are usually our own worst critic and a little bit of self-love and acceptance can go a long way.

In the end, the thing that makes a picture great isn’t that we are posed perfectly or that our hair is perfectly placed it’s the genuine emotion and connection that is communicated through the image. There is a lot more to say on this topic… but I’ll save that for another post and get to the pictures! Here are my favorites from my shoot and a few shots of my special helpers just because they’re cute. I also have to give photo credit to my hubby who graciously helped me with these.

 

Katie Mayer HeadshotK Mayer Headshot 2K Mayer Headshot 2K Mayer Headshot 4K Mayer Headshot 5

Baby on stool for test shotLittle boy on stool posing for test shot

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