For the past few weeks after church, I’ve been doing impromptu photo shoots with my friends NaysVoice and Kez B. We all had our different reasons for taking pictures; outfit of the day, stock photos for our blog and/or social media platforms, or in my case, to stop being so awkward in front of the camera.
Besides selfies or group photos, I barely take any pictures of myself because I never know what to do. Where do my arms go? Why do I have to look down like I’m searching for something? How do I ‘look natural’ without it feeling weird? Why do we have to do these photos in a public setting? These are the things that fill my head when taking solo pictures and it is probably noticeable in 95% of the shots taken.
Through these unplanned shoots, I noticed that the best pictures were of me just being me. Whether it was randomly taking a wine as a car driving by blasted soca music, walking on the beach or laughing because someone said something incredibly funny, these all showed real life Jo.
The majority of my pictures probably won’t make it to my Instagram feed, but I still had a fun time. As awkward as I am in front of the camera, I know I’m pretty decent behind it. Here is a behind the scene and regular shot of Nay and Kez.
How are you when taking photos? Would you rather be in front or behind the lens?