I had a dream early this morning. I was on a vacation trip with my family. We were stuck, however, and unable to fly to our next destination because I had left my ID behind. As we all know, these days, you cannot go anywhere on a plane without a photo ID. Upon awakening, I wondered what the dream might mean. I felt invited to dig a little deeper, to explore my own identity - who am I, who do I want to be? And what does my photograph say about me?
As you might expect, my DMV photo is not very good. A quick photograph in front of a bare wall is rarely flattering. We don't have a choice for this one and we all moan at our Driver's license photos, wishing they were better. My passport photograph is better. The post office requires we bring our own photograph and I took a little more time, hired someone to do it for me and the results are much better.
What I know I am able to do with any woman is to help her relax and feel her best in front of my camera. It is one of my talents to be shared, to be strengthened. There is a great difference between a quick snapshot and a professionally done photographic portrait. I believe we all deserve to have an excellent image of ourselves.
As I pondered the dream a little more, I also realized how important it is to my personal growth to know and appreciate who I am. As I prepare for a new portrait of myself, I am looking forward to working with one of my peers to create an authentic and beautiful image of me. It's time, I've changed my hair and I'm 3 years older. I wonder what it will look like? I look forward to finding just the right frame and the right place to put it on my wall for me and my family to enjoy. I look forward to further developing my own personal ID.
When was the last time you had a professional photographic portrait of yourself? Isn't time to give yourself this gift?
You can see my last professional photographic portrait on my "About" page here: http://www.janneaubrey.com/about.html