If you ever want me to feel like an old lady (probably sound like one too), get me started on the topic of how social media platforms have evolved in the nearly 10 years that I’ve been blogging. Picture me on a porch, in a rocker: “Back when I started blogging, Instagram didn’t even exist!”
At any rate, Instagram in particular has evolved from being, well, instant to being a place for much more curated content (sometimes it’s still instant, though, à la my post from last night.)
This evolution has led to a lot more photo shoots in the name of content. And when I started doing these shoots, I felt largely silly and self-indulgent. I still feel self-indulgent about it, to be honest. But, they’re also kind of amazing.
First, I get to work with incredibly talented local photographers and I get to share their work with you. Over the last year, I’ve done shoots with Nick Brilla, Marybeth Esposito, Jon Rudder, and Meg Witt. In a year of immense personal change and growth, these shoots are a look at that evolution.
They also force you out from behind the camera (as a mom, that’s sometimes tough); they let you dress up and play a bit; and they push your comfort zone.
And with each of these shoots, I feel like I’ve been able to share myself with the photographer and vice versa. It’s a human connection to someone sharing their talent in the CLE.
Admittedly, the photo shoots are self-indulgent. And admittedly, I’ve taken the approach of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” on Instagram content. But when I’m actually the old lady in the rocking chair, I think I’ll be glad for the captures of who I was in these times.
Whether you’re growing your business, creating content for your platform, or looking for some amazing portraits of you and your family, I encourage you to check out the photographers I’ve mentioned here.
Marybeth Esposito: Instagram