Facing my demons
I was about 10 years old when I learned that it was safer to be behind the camera than in front of it. That’s when I learned that I always looked like a dork in photos. Either I looked stoned with my eyes half closed, or I’d try to keep from blinking and look bug-eyed. While there have been a few exceptions over the years (usually involving talented photographers like at my wedding), most of the pictures of me have turned out pretty bad. But over the past few years, I’ve been studying posing and trying to get my clients to feel comfortable in front of my camera. I’ve learned a bit about how to pose myself too–enough to know that it really makes a difference. When I decided I wanted to take this to the next level with makeover and glamour photography, I felt it was time to bite the bullet. I would subject myself to the process first so that I could understand how my clients would feel.
I found a photographer with the style I was after near Vienna, Austria: Carmen Kronspiess of Time to Shine. So while I was on vacation in Budapest, I made a day-trip to visit Carmen, and we photographed each other. (My friend Rose came along too, and we both photographed her.) Besides the glamour portraits, I also wanted some more professional shots to use in business situations, like when a reporter requests a picture of me. I must say that I am absolutely thrilled with the results, and we had a whole lot of fun too.