When I met Bev she was rockin’ it out at a photo workshop in Nashville. I love me some workshops, but holy cow do I get nervous right before them. Anticipation central. I get so excited I think I might just be sick- like the time I had to be dosed with Pepto Bismol one Christmas when I was literally so excited I brought on a full-blown stomachache. A girl can get pretttttyyy excited about Santa bringing a new Polly Pocket set, let me tell ya.
My excitement tends to turn to nervousness tends to turn to me and my shaky hands stepping up to the plate. I smiled at her timidly while fellow workshoppers hooked me up to all kinds of off camera lighting, explaining to me what goes where and why. Giving me something to hold and asking me light metering questions while we prepped. Whoa. Pepto, anyone? I looked up hoping my model didn’t know I was as nervous as I was. She smiled sweetly back and I appreciated her patience. When I stepped in front of her I kind of lost myself on what to say, between the strobes and the Pocket Wizards- I was overwhelmed and speechless.
Omigosh! she grinned. I love all your bracelets and stuff.
Oh, thanks. I smiled back- just glad she broke the ice.
We have the same style! and she laughed.
What a first impression. Sometimes I think we get so busy with our day to day lives that we genuinely forget how important they are, you will never ever get another one with the same person. As much as you may be able to sway their way of thinking later, a first impression is concrete. Forever. Like forever forever.
Here I was, learning something new to better my photography- completely vulnerable etc.- and this girl just completely changed my day.
And at this point… I’m inserting a personal note to any fellow photogs who are reading: Everyone is a beginner at something at the start. Chances are there will be times when you feel embarrassed or nervous, but keep shooting! There’s so many awesome things to look forward to whenever you get the hang of whatever technique your trying to learn. I do realize it’s hard to put yourself out there sometimes, but don’t give up. You will get it! Just keep your chin up and hustle. My great-grandmother used to say, There are two kinds of people in this world: Movers & Shakers and people who are not. Which one are you? Go on with ya bad self. Keep your eye on the prize and everything else will follow.
I just needed to say that. It feels good to spread the photo love, and I’ll do it every chance I get.
Speaking of starting up something new, Beverly and Beau are releasing their new EP later this year. I was so thrilled when Bev asked me to photograph this for them. Calling themselves Blair West, this duo is breaking onto the country scene and I am just all about some new creative adventurers. Their personalities compliment each other so well, and I couldn’t have asked for a better session to decorate their new music release.
And to make things even sweeter, Bev and I have become even better friends since my big move to Nashville. It’s so wild how things come full circle.
What a day. What a couple. What a simply sweet musical love story.