I was totally in love with the Takashi Murakami exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It was all bright colors and wide smiles and daisies and octopus legs. Some of the work was made as recently as this year, and those peices spoke to me so much about the importance to not take ourselves too seriously, even when we weigh and consider serious subjects. Please Please go see it this summer if you are in DFW. I loved it so much that I let myself take more center stage in the modeling department, and my dear friend Catherine became my photographer instead of the other way around.
When I am the model, I sometimes have the time of my life, and I sometimes sweat and stress ten times more than when the camera is in my hand. I feel my lack of skill, my lack of confidence, and my lack of control all start to creep in and kill my buzz. But having a friend on the other side of my lens can help me to let go and smile. Today Catherine told me that I was so focused on making my skirt swish the way I wanted I had forgotten my face and looked miserable. just because she said so I laughed, and the next three shots she took worked because of it! Life lesson: take a breath, smell the daisies (even just smiley sticker ones on the wall), and take yourself a little less seriously.
Love & Joy,
P.S. When you are an uncomfortable model, starting to shoot with a pair of sunglasses can give you enough distance to relax!