About 18 months ago, I got out from behind the camera and put my trust in another Photographer to have my own Glamour portraits taken. It was an opportunity of a lifetime as the photographer was the much sort after Annie Murray from Murray Studios, who was also my mentor and it was also a great way for me to learn from her at the same time.
My mum came to look after my daughter, who was only 12 months old and, apart from the odd trip to the shops, had never been away from me and I had never been away from her. So as I said goodbye to her and pulled out of the driveway, the tears rolled down my cheeks, because “what if she needed me and I wasn’t there?” “what if my mum couldn’t settle her?” as I had always been the one to settle her. (I should also mention, that Annie is located in Geelong, about a 2 hour drive from me, so it really was a day trip away from my baby.)
I settled down, realising, that of course she would be fine and then I started to realise that I had the car and the stereo to myself and I could listen to whatever I wanted, Yay! Kelly Clarkson, John Mayer! I was having a ball.
As I neared Geelong, new fears started to build and I became very nervous about not only meeting my mentor, but about having my portrait taken. It had been more than 15 years since I had had a glamour portrait taken and A LOT had changed since then. I sat in the car for about half an hour, I was a little early, but I was also trying to settle my nerves and build up my courage to knock on the door.
I did it. I knocked on the door. In the end, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be and I was greeted with warm and friendly smiles. I was put at ease and began to relax as we started the session. I let Annie do her thing and I enjoyed some time away from my everyday life.
I know that you will be feeling nervous as you prepare for your session and as you walk up to the front door, and you don't just have yourself to worry about, but your partner and kids as well, but I want to assure you that on the other side of the door, will be a warm and friendly smile. And if you can get the kids through the door, I will take care of getting them to smile and behave for their photos, lol.
And my baby girl survived, of course. She hardly knew I was gone. She was too busy having fun with Gran.
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