It’s been about 5 years since I’ve had my photos done for my website so I finally decided to just make the darn call already and line up a photographer. Why did I wait so long? I’m sure you’ll recognize these statements:

“I’ll get pictures taken when I lose just 10 more pounds.”

“I’m breaking out, ugh!”

And my favorite “Who has time to take pictures?”

Truth is, I hate having my pictures taken. I’d rather get a mammogram. I’d rather go to the dentist. I’d rather eat PEAS!

Not only is there a lot of preparation, cost, and time involved, but I have no idea what I’m doing. When I had them done a few years ago,  I didn’t plan anything – I had no idea what to wear and when I showed up with the outfits, nothing fit right. I didn’t know how to wear my hair and ended up just putting it in a hair clip. I hardly ever wear make-up so that wasn’t at the top of my list to bother with. Even though some of the pics came out ok, I felt a big let down.

This time is different. I looked at local magazines to check out photographers in the area who had a style that I liked. I have a hair appointment AND make-up artist lined up before the shoot. I tried on all my outfits this morning. I checked Twitter and printed off some pictures of poses that I like (@BethSchneider’s and @NicoleDean’s are my favorite).

Amazing what a little preparation can do!  I feel ten times better and though I still hate having pictures taken, the pill (pea) has been easier to swallow.

Don’t put it off because you think you need to lose weight or because it’s a pain in the ass. Just accept the fact that pictures are a part of life when you have an online business. And trust me, people don’t care if you have a few extra pounds, they like you for YOU.

Ok, running out the door – you’ll see new pics soon : )