Don’t Take My Picture
One of the primary things you will notice if you look at many photographs of me – I make weird faces and open my mouth a lot. This isn’t a recent development. When I was really little, I thought smiling was putting on a startled expression and throwing my mouth open as wide as it would go. For my whole life, I’ve been uncomfortable having my photo taken.
Doing wacky things and making ludicrous faces while being photographed has always been my coping mechanism. It’s also one of the main reasons you’ll usually see me with my own camera, taking pictures. If I’m snapping away, I don’t have to be in any of the photos, except for the random ones where I make a face or stick out my tongue.
When Melissa Breeland of PoutyDiva.com asked me if she could photograph me, I cringed momentarily. I knew that she was looking for sitters upon which to build some marketing tools, and I had been following along as she applied her creative touch to the various sessions she’d already posted on her Facebook Like Page.
I also knew that I needed some new photos of me. My hair has been red for most of this year; yet, I have still been using a professional head shot from 2004 when it was blonde and I looked much younger. I started replacing some of my avatars with a random photo that was okay, but, with bikers in the background, it wasn’t truly professional. So, I sighed deeply and agreed to be Melissa’s next victim, I mean model.
Melissa is a natural photographer, but the best thing about her was this: she made me feel okay with everything immediately. On the way to the Old Jail, I had the urge to throw up and knew the vestiges of that sensation lingered on my face when I got there. She quickly got me laughing, and I just relaxed into the whole thing. It was a breeze, leaving me wondering why I worked myself up so much in the first place.
So, thanks to her, I have a new picture for the “Why Cilantro?” page of this blog. It’s today’s photo. The rest are available at Melissa Breeland’s Facebook Page. She can make you look better than you really do in real life, and you’ll laugh all the way through it.
And, she may even let you make faces in some of them and then keep them entirely to herself.