This post is going to focus on the Photographer part of my job. It's one of my favorite things to do and I feel like I have gotten pretty good at it (since I get LOTS of practice)! There are a couple things you need to know about how I approach work. Whatever job I am doing, I want to be the BEST. I don't care how meaningless the task may seem to someone else, I am going to embrace it and give it at least 100%. I am also going to have FUN when I do a job. I believe you should always enjoy life and since we spend so much of it working, we need to have fun ESPECIALLY there! Yes, I am one of those annoyingly happy all the time people that you probably can't stand! It's a good thing you are reading me and not having to spend all day next to me in a cubicle! My joy is so loud and strong, it hurts people. My daughter once said to me, "Mom, I just can't handle you sometimes". My response to her was, "It's okay Honey, I can't handle MYSELF sometimes"! HaHa, LOL and a big smiley face right atcha!
So, todays lesson will be on the Joys of Self Photography. I have grown very fond of taking my own picture when traveling. What makes this so unusual is that I used to HATE having my picture taken. I was very self conscience as a kid and teenager (who wasn't????) and rarely smiled for the camera. My Dad has the pictures to prove it! He was a Photographer and liked to use me as a subject sometimes. I made his job REALLY hard! I looked miserable. I probably was. Come on, adolescence is not FUN people! It wasn't until I was on Drill Team in High School that I finally started smiling for the camera. Not because I wanted to. I HAD to! It was part of the drill team "job". Remember I said I want to always be the BEST at whatever job I am doing. We were performers and people don't want to see dancers frowning. My best friend from High School was on Drill Team with me. We got to be great friends because we stood next to each other in parades. We were the tall ones. In Drill Team, you are lined up by height and we were the tallest. After High School we went our separate ways and I joined the Air Force and left California to see the world. We lost contact with each other and it wasn't till about 25 years later that we reconnected (Thank You Facebook). We talked on the phone and it was like we were back in High School. It felt like not 1 day had gone by since we saw each other. I invited her to come visit me in Washington, DC with her Mom for a couple weeks. My Aunt (that I had just met a few months earlier) was coming for a couple weeks during Cherry Blossom time and I thought it would be so much more fun if there were 4 of us, versus just 2. We ended up being the most compatible group of women and the "Gleeful, Giddy, Glamour Gals Travel Club" was born. Because I like to name everything, remember? We laughed almost nonstop as I drove us all over the East Coast on a customized tour. It was on this trip that I learned all about the self timer function on cameras. Up until then, I never knew it existed. My BFF showed me how it worked as we took LOTS of pics of ourselves. This was the one that started it all:
I used the bench at a bus stop in Bermuda to capture this exciting action shot of me:
And one of my all time favorite pics of me (taking a pic of me) is one I took on a cruise to Bermuda from NYC. I was taking pictures of the sunrise and wanted to get one of me in front of the scene. I started looking around for something to set my camera on and caught my reflection in the window. The fact that I could see the sunrise behind me made this one of those happy accidents!