Okinawa, Japan

Facing My Fear

Growing up I never thought that Photography would become one of my passions. I loved taking random pictures with my polaroid camera, and boy did I take a lot of pictures! Being in front of the camera always made me nervous and uncomfortable so I never wanted to be in front of the camera… There was something about someone saying “cheese” and “smile for the camera” that I dreaded and made me cringe every time. I still dread family portraits, group pictures even selfies, but change is good and very much needed.

Photographs tell our story long after we are gone and that may sound a little sad but it’s very true. While you might find it hard to imagine someone wishing you were in more photographs, chances are sometime in the future it will be your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren or even you wishing for just one more photo of you to cherish.

After years of taking beautiful pictures of my children and photographing other special moments. I have finally stepped out of my shell and into the world of getting in front of the camera.

I feel awkward and a little self-conscious about these pictures, but I’ve forgotten that I matter too and seeing me in pictures is important. In all the over-documenting of my family’s lives, I forgot to document my own and I deserve to be remembered too!

Photographs are Powerful. They capture our memories and connect us to the people, places, events, and emotions that make us who we are. It’s important we leave our children with pictures of us because we’re a huge part of their lives.  We might not love looking at photos of ourselves, but our families will cherish them forever.

So dust off your tripod, bring out your favorite lens, and get excited to photograph yourself!


  • Janis Patterson
    June 12, 2020

    Thank you for the helpful inspiration, I have been the family picture taker for decades and have very few of me.

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      Janis Patterson
      June 13, 2020

      Hi Janis, Thank you so much for visiting my little blog it means so much to me. I have also been the family picture taker for as long as I can remember and sometimes it’s hard to step away from that role. It almost feels like if I’m not the one taking pictures there will be no pictures to look at later. The truth is that there will always be someone else taking pictures and there will always be moments to remember. I hope this inspires you to stop missing out on those family photo opportunities before it is too late. The time for capturing the memories of a lifetime is here and now, every single day, no matter where you are or who you’re with. And remember, pictures don’t have to be perfect, you just need to be present. Much love, Norma

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  • Manish Ambaliya
    July 21, 2021

    Amazing! I know nothing about traveling all over the country, what a wonderful looking place to explore.

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