Day 9 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': Being shot or... Lights, Cameras, Action!

The below is from the original Facebook post from March 9th 2017:

Day 9 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': Day 9: Being Shot
or... Lights, Cameras, Action!

Perhaps yesterday's interview by Vice reporters and having my photo and video taken by numerous people while being part of the Peace March yesterday somehow inspired today's unexpected challenge... Today's challenge was... wait for it... being shot!

Did that make you stop? Sorry for those with poor hearts - 'shot' also refers to being shot by a camera/photographer. I can't resist a good pun or play on words.

A mentor of mine who works as a leadership development consultant has also recently become a professional photographer. He never continues to surprise me! I thought it was just going to be another inspiring catch-up where he talked about the direction of his business for the year, how we could help each other with our work and discussing leadership development and psychology research. Instead, the opportunity/challenge came about for me to partake in an impromptu photo shoot and for him to practice his photography skills (!!) Whaaaaat???

 Pulling funny faces on camera ended up being a good strategy to relax my face more for the camera!

Pulling funny faces on camera ended up being a good strategy to relax my face more for the camera!

The challenge with today was getting past my initial reluctance and inability to relax in front of the camera, no matter how much I tried. It turns out that relaxing the facial muscles and trying to look natural while flashing lights are going off is quite challenging! I also had to get past slight feelings of self-consciousness and worries about whether the activity was narcissistic. Being in front of the camera actually ended up being quite fun! Below are a few snaps that the photographer has sent through of the photos on his camera (better quality images will follow next week). Eep!

After this morning's experience (40 minutes versus the multiple hours that a photoshoot normally takes) I now have SO much more respect for models. Having photos taken of oneself is a lot harder mentally and creatively than I thought.

 Getting more into the 'swing' of things hair... here. #lovepuns

Getting more into the 'swing' of things hair... here. #lovepuns

I'm not going to lie, doing consistent challenges is starting to get quite tiring. If anyone has ideas for less time-intensive or emotionally intensive activities for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, please do let me know! <3 xx

Jennifer Young