I finally caved and had my pictures taken for this website and social media.  Sure obviously I have had my picture taken before but I generally cringe at the idea.  I just find it so unnatural to take posed pictures and having my picture taken really takes me out of my comfort zone.  I know I’m not alone with this.

I’m work on getting over the fear of having my picture taken.  It’s a lifelong goal of mine.

Looking for excuses.

Over the past year I was told by a few people in the industry that I’ll need to get my picture done for my website because people want to see you.  It’s part of the getting to know you phase.  Sure, sure, I thought but  I’ll get them done later when I have more time.  And maybe I’ll wait until next summer.  Or when I lose 5 more pounds… get rid of the baby weight.  I need to get my hair cut first.  Then I found out I pregnant again so now I’m going to wait until I’m not pregnant.  I’ll do it after then. Then I’ll go back to the previous comment about waiting about being more tone.

The rate I was going with excuses it was going to be NEVER.

Getting over the fear of having my picture taken.

After accepting the reality that there’s no better time than the present to have my picture taken I connect with one of my friends (and fellow yogis) who enjoys photography.  Although he doesn’t do it for a living I knew he has taken pictures in the past for people.  The secret for me is working with someone I trust and already knows me and my quirky personality.  I gave him specific instructions: no cheesy pictures and no fake posy pictures… just me and my silliness.  He agreed.

We set up a date to have these said photos taken first thing in the morning by taking advantage of a spot on the water (one of the perks of living in Oakville is having a waterfront directly on Lake Ontario).  It was a gorgeous day with a great sun-cloud mix but of course it had a to be humid (my hair was a frizz ball in no time).

Apparently this spot is also popular for people to walk their dogs, stop for lunch breaks or simply just relax by the water.  So this is me having a series of photos being taken with frizzy hair, almost six month pregnant, holding up exercise equipment while a few Town of Oakville Parks & Rec staff who were on break watching me.  What can I do?

Getting over the fear of having my picture taken is really about getting over yourself.  No one really cares what they look like… they just want to see you.  I got over my imperfections because at the end of the day I’m not teaching fitness to elite athletics or training fashion models on how to get photoshoot ready.  I’m teaching fitness to real women.  These so called imperfections are what defines us and makes us who we are.  Not to get so deep on a Monday morning…..

How do you feel about having your picture taken?  Do you enjoy it?  Are you someone that is naturally photogenic?