Camera Shy?

by Mondo on April 8, 2010

Shy isn’t a word anyone has ever used to describe me.  Loud, emotional, funny, gregarious…those are the adjectives that usually come to mind; but when I’m about to have my picture taken?


That’s crazy-talk when your best friend is a photographer, but there it is.  Every time the shutter clicks I cringe and pray it turns out remotely appealing.  Inevitably, it looks like a big smile surrounded by darkness.  I know you don’t believe me, but it’s totally true.

“I thought Mondo was in this picture.”

“She is.  That’s no  shadow…that’s her face.”


Is it too much to ask to look like Naomi Campbell circa…well, any year, really?  Hey, I said look like her, not act like her.  Yes, she’s a nut-job, but that face, y’all…good lord!

Nevertheless, I digress.

Dave took me to the studio last week and shot 200 frames.  Complete with a jacket and hat I felt totally at ease.  I had no idea I’d feel so at home in chef’s attire.  It seemed to protect me, somehow, from sluggish eyes and double chins.

See?  This is me.  Happiest.  Baking.  Baker.

My newfound photo-confidence drew an audience as I hammed it up for the camera.  It was like an office party where everyone’s actually having fun.  The only thing missing was ice cold beer.  Now, I’m not saying I’m over my photo-issues; I’m saying  there’s no mystery to taking good pictures.  It’s simple…you have to be comfortable in your own skin.

Profound, huh?

Although, I’m not sure of my comfort level when this one was taken.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

David April 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm

This shoot was a lot of fun. I can’t wait to get you in the girl scout uniform for the next one :-)

Patty April 17, 2010 at 6:13 pm


Felix July 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I had no idea you were a girl scout?

Brandon Grey October 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Okay, so I am partially upset that the caterer didn’t put out the cookies for everyone to enjoy, but…I’m secretly very happy they didn’t because I ate the whole bag, shared one with Matt. They were soooooo good, all of a sudden, I realized we don’t have you over for dinner enough! The cookies are AMAZING! Do you have anything Gluten Free? I have a friend that’s allergic and I truly don’t think anyone should go without trying these morsels. Again, you are welcome over anytime! Thanks for sharing in our day, I am glad you were able to make it both days!

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