Looking for love behind the lens
A 365 project can turn into an act of self-love. Taking a photo a day is easy enough. However, taking a photo a day that you really like can be hard.
For example, I took this photo (above) but I didn’t really love it. It is a decent image of pink yarn. And, I do like a good yarn image, being a knitter. But this image didn’t speak to me and so I decided to keep shooting. But what should I shoot? Given the proximity to Valentine’s Day, I was hoping to capture something portraying love, like one of these images:
However, no one was available and I didn’t get any such shots. That being said, I got in front of my own camera. And I didn’t end up deleting all of my selfies! Amazingly, a few even made it through my culling process and (wait for it), you will get to see them later in this post!
O.K. Admit it. Did you scroll down to the bottom already? How could you? Honestly, I’m good with it either way ;-).
Looking for love in front of the lens
It may seem a bit ironic that a person who adores taking photos of other people (and pets), would feel uncomfortable in front of that same camera but it definitely happens.
Apparently, it turns out that photographers, like just about everyone else, have their insecurities in front of a camera. And while I may love old images of myself (say at 5, 15 or even 30), I am having to learn to appreciate a few new additions to my “look,” including glasses, extra pounds, wrinkles, and gray hair. If I love these things in others, then why not in myself? And so, I started shooting and building my self-love. Here’s what I got:
There I am. I’m casual, wearing no makeup, sitting on my front couch – just being me! And I LOVE them. I actually do.
And so, this self-portrait project has improved my self-love and inspired me to keep growing my photography work. And while thinking about why I do what I do, I realize it is because I love photography (especially lifestyle), I love myself when I’m being creative with my camera, and I am inspired to create images of each unique family and the love they share.
I think I’ve found my mission —Sue Lyon-Myrick, Photographer
to capture images of love and share them with a world in need.