My recent visit to the sunny Gold Coast was to join around 550 other attendees for my first ProBlogger conference. Shit just got real because that thing BLEW MY MIND. There sessions were full of incredible stories, experiences and advice. My head is still spinning as I try to absorb it all but that aside, I’m majorly motivated and my brain is bursting with blogland ideas! Game on.
The event was a great excuse to catch up with blogger pals and meet new ones I had only chatted to via the interwebs. Now that the nervousness of meeting in real life is out of the way, we can all go back to being shy behind-the-screen types.
During the event one of the conference sponsors, Olympus, hosted a photo booth and I was one of the lucky folks to have a professional headshot with photographer Rachel Devine. A proper, real photo was long overdue and had been on my to-do list for a while. It was time to remove the old pixely-mobile-phone shot that had been sitting on my About page since the blog was born.
I’m sure I’m not alone here – I am rarely happy with photos of myself. The angle is wrong, too much teeth, nose looks big, terrible posture, smile too fake. You know how it goes, we all find excuses not to like the shot when we probably should. When I stepped into Rachel’s booth, I hit her with all my insecurities about how I think photos of me are awful and that I never like how they turn out. Surprisingly, she said just about everyone says something similar.
Rachel is fabulous and did an amazing job of making me feel super relaxed in the shoot and I think that really shows in her snaps. Admittedly, I didn’t love this one at first (why is my head so tilty?) but the more I look at it, the more it’s growing on me. Alright I admit, it’s a pretty damn sweet shot.
Most of us know the saying ‘It’s what’s on the inside that counts’ and while it’s a lovely theory, some of us are our own worst enemies as we can be super critical of the way we look. Lately I’ve noticed that I’m incredibly kind to those around me but I don’t give that same love and kindness to myself. What a bloody hypocrite. I call bullshit – double standards to the max!
This made me wonder:
Why are we so damn critical of our appearances?
Do you give yourself a hard time about the way you look?
Friends, I’d love to hear what you think – please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.