The courage to be in front of the camera

I first picked up a camera when I was 19, the funny thing is I don’t have many photographs of myself in my 20s and early 30s. I didn’t like how I look in front of the camera. If there is someone taking photographs, I have a highly sensitive radar for cameras, I would have an alarm goes of in my head and I would hide. If it was a friend taking photos, I would delete most of them.
People think I’m a portrait photographer. I know how to pose people so I know how to pose myself in front of a camera. But it’s not true. When I photograph people, I see every detail, where to put the hands, the angle of the shoulders, how to position the legs, I see everything so I can adjust accordingly. When I was in front of a camera, I have absolutely no idea what to do because I don’t see myself. I might know some tricks but it’s never perfect. I start to take my own portrait because I feel that I’m a portrait photographer if I don’t have a good portrait it wouldn’t be convincing to people that I can take good portraits of them. So I take my own portraits and I want people to know that if a person like me can do it, everyone can do it.
I wish I have more photos in my 20s. So now I take my own portrait regularly and I can see my own growth even it’s still an effort for me to do it. I know I will cherish these portraits and when I get to my 40s, 50s and later on, these memories would be priceless for me.
I have some clients came to me for their first photo shoots and I do appreciate their trust in me. I see after their photo shoot, they gain more confidence with the camera, later one when they are out with friends taking selfies, they have more confidence and actually having fun. I’m just so happy that I can help people in this way, enjoy life in all sort of ways.
I hope this will encourage you to step in front of the camera.

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