When they find out that I recently did a Ted Talk in a local TedEx event, people will ask me, ‘What was your big idea?’.
And it is in those moments that I’m really glad for all the coaching and late night sessions that I had with the curators and friends, all to help me get to the heart of my ‘big idea’, and to articulate it well.
I’ve spent the last 6years calling out the beauty that I saw in women through photographs, and this is what I’ve come to know, how we view ourselves matters greatly in the grand scheme of fulfilling our purpose. To lead a life of impact you need to have a healthy self-view. But sometimes, or a lot of the time, that picture in our heads about who we are, or how we look like, needs to be readjusted. Which is where I would usually come in with my camera.
Being in front of the camera can be a daunting, and even terrifying for most people. And what I’ve heard come out from most people’s mouths is,
“I’m not photogenic”
“I don’t know how to pose”
“I need to do a,bc, before being photographed, with the a,b,c being – I need lose some weight, gain some muscle, grow my hair etc before being photographed”
While I understanding all of these hesitations because I’ve been in behind, and in front of the camera, I believe the real reason why most of us baulk at the idea of being photographed goes deeper. I’ve realized is that most of us have a skewed perception of beauty, and we fear that we won’t measure up somehow. We fear that parts of us that are not so pretty will be reflected back at us.
But what if the not so pretty and even difficult parts of our stories are the missing ingredient for striking images? What if by embracing our perceived flaws we get as close as possible to being beautiful, and beautiful in this sense referring to having a light that draws other people to ourselves?
In my talk, I share some examples of my clients and their stories, my personal journey and how it has influenced how I view portraits. If you’d like access to my script download it below.
If you’d like access to my full script then download it using the form below, it won’t be the same as watching the talk, but it will give you a good idea.
Now your turn, did anything resonate? Let me know in comments below!
IMAGES COURTESY OF TEDEX GABORONE