Hi my name is Alex, and no, the photo above is not my new photo. Although it is a lovely memory of a lifetime ago when people gave me point and shoots to take a photo instead of their iPhones (point and shoots are much easier to carry in my opinion).
I've been a professional photographer for 5 years now and in all that time have never thought to get a professional portrait done for myself. I convinced myself I didn't need one. If you've ever read Seven Riddles from the Town with Two Barbers it goes a little something like this :
You've just arrived in a new town, seeking your fortune, and you need a haircut. In this town, there are two barbers. The first barber has a neat, dapper haircut, and his shop is immaculately clean. The second barber's haircut is grotesque, and his shop is filthy—giant tumbleweeds of hair drift across the floor, and the scissors are caked in layers of rust. Which barber do you want to cut your hair?
Answer: You cleverly deduce that the first, well-groomed barber couldn't possibly cut his own hair; therefore, he must get his hair cut by the second barber. And, though the second barbershop is filthy, it's because the second barber has so many customers that there's simply no time to clean. Thus, you correctly decide to patronise the second barbershop.
But then I realised, if I have to tell someone a riddle about why I don't have a portrait, then maybe I'm going about this the wrong way. Plus I would like to think i'm presented more like the first barber. I definitely shower every day.
SO. I put on my big girl pants, talked to my wonderful friend Stacey from Stacey Brown Photography, organised a headshot session and then crossed all my fingers that my face wouldn't break out and my hair would cooperate on the day.
I thought about getting my hair and make up done, but to be honest, that isn't really me. If I was going to do this and put my face onto ALL the social media platforms (why are there so many?!) I wanted to be authentic.
Our session came around and I was nervous! Being in front of the lens was pretty uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with your hands?! Although I know the tricks, when you're in the spotlight, it all kind of fades into the background.
I really love photographing my clients, and have a whole new level of respect for anyone who puts themselves in front of my lens. Wow!
My commitment to you as your photographer is this:
I will always ease you into a session.
I will make really bad dad jokes.
I will listen to your concerns and work through them with you.
I will give you guidance on clothing, hair and make up or anything you feel unsure about.
I will talk to you constantly throughout the session and guide you through simple posing so you're never standing there thinking "do I look okay?!"
And doing this, together we'll create images that you absolutely love.
Because you know what, through the nervous laughter and awkward claw hands, Stacey saw through all of it and captured me.
And to tell you the truth, I am so incredibly in love with the photos I am trying to find more places to show them off!
So are you ready?