Friday, January 27, 2012

Not So Camera Shy

By Heather Blake / Heather Webber

It’s about that time again. Time for my official author photo to be updated. It’s been a couple of years, and even though I haven’t changed all that much (just a few more wrinkles!), it’s good to keep current.

Once upon a time, the thought of having my picture taken would have freaked me out. I didn’t like cameras. Posing. Anything about it. A trait I figured I inherited from my photo-phobic mom.

Then, about five years ago, as I was going through old photo albums, I realized something. I hardly had any pictures of my mother. And barely had any photos (maybe one or two) of me and my mother together.

It was a light bulb moment. I suddenly realized that there were hardly any pictures of me with my kids. Lots of the kids. Tons. Albums full. But not too many of us together (like mother like daughter!). Not of the baking lessons, the puzzles, the bedtime stories. Not of trips to the park, swims in the pool, playing in the yard. And it made me sad. Full of regret. All those Kodak moments I missed capturing forever. Because I was camera shy. It suddenly seemed so silly.

From that point on, I've made a point of being in pictures. It’s not easy, I’ll admit, but I’d rather be in a photo than not. I’m a long way from being a ham, but when I get my next author shots taken, I’ll definitely be saying cheese. And the pics with my kids? Just try keeping me out of them! I’m making up for lost time. It doesn't quite wipe out the regret, but it helps.

Are you camera shy? A ham? Somewhere in between?