If you know me, you know my appreciation and love for the camera and photography. It's role in my life and the lives of my clients has been transformative in supporting people in narrating their life stories, and giving a platform for change and healing. Today, I continue to enjoy working with people while incorporating the arts and staying behind the camera...
Until it was time to update my headshots. The panic, the questions, the worries, oh my! After a few moments of mindful breathing and affirmations (I kid not), I reached out to schedule my first shoot in years. Like many, I've had iffy experiences and was weary of whether I would ever find my "one" photographer.
I was introduced to Liz McEachern Hall, a Boston-based photographer through a mutual acquaintance months back. From the initial email to her supporting me with the details in between, my experience with her exceeded my expectations and, if I may say, rejuvenated my perspective of who I am and how I want to present my self to the world. As a female solopreneur and speaker, it was important to me that the photos not only display my best smile and coifed hair, but that they speak louder than words ever could about my inner being and who I am. I am over-joyed by my life's work and I wanted my photos to tell that story. Below are some of those photos.
I invited Liz to share some of her top tips on how to prepare for a shoot and capture your best self on camera. We hope you enjoy.
Written by Liz McEachern Hall, September 2018
You have probably heard the old saying, “No one likes having their picture taken!” It may be old but it is still certainly very true! I much prefer being behind the camera than in front of it! And most of the time I think my clients really would prefer to change places with me during our session! But getting your photo taken is somewhat of an essential in our social media, internet connected world. Especially for solo-preneurs: you ARE the face of your business. For therapists, like Victoria, I think this is even more important. Your job (and by natural extension, your passion) is helping people overcome difficult feelings and situations in their lives and make sense of the world around them and their place in it. You can type until the cows come home (yes, another old saying!) but being able to place an accompanying photo with your words can be an important opening connection between you and your future patients.
I love working with women - but we are our own worst critics. When I’m photographing women of all ages, I want them to try and silence that critic, even just for the time we’re together. It makes all the difference in their final photos and makes our session fun! Yes, having your photo taken can be fun!
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