I met MARIA at church. She is a happy pretty woman, and I don’t remember ever seeing her without a big smile in her face, and, of course, colorful clothes on – which makes us bond perfectly. She sings at church, makes friends easily, and is outgoing. When, on a Valentine’s Day party she was the winner a photo shoot with me, I could not be more excited. I knew she was coming all giggly and posing like a Vic’s Angel… Well, the funny thing is: I was wrong!
On the day of the pictures Maria arrived all prepared with her killer black dress, pretty tights and girly red shoes -“Va Va Voom!” - then, she got camera shy! I could not believe how reserved she was getting in front of the camera! Maybe it was my “soft” voice what scared her; or, probably my neon yellow nails.
What I do when that happens – most people, including really outgoing people, freeze when first get in front of a camera – is to put the camera down and chat for a few minutes, to break the ice and create a connection. Little kids like my dance moves and think I’m Barney. The bigger ones, love the words “candy” and “dollar” . For girly ladies, fashion always work: “Where did you get your dress?”, “Can I borrow your shoes someday?”, and the old: “Macy’s in on sale.”. Guys, like to think they’re cool, and usually open up as soon as I tell them they look like Tom Brady. Actually, two seconds later, when I remember that “lie is a sin”, I fix it: “Ops, not quite. Wagner – my husband – is the one who looks like the Patriots hunk”! Yay! Right there a genuine smile comes and I press the shutter!
Talking about handsome hubby, the pictures you see here of Maria smiling bigger, were taken when I told her about the day I bought him – and made he try it on – skinny jeans. Oh my.
Now, I bet you are smiling too! ;.)
Ok… now everyone knows my secret!
Maria, Thanks so much for being pretty to my lens! We love you.
Keep glamorous, living out loud, and shining our Lord’s glory.
Don’t forget, “B”Blessed ;.)