Recently I got a chance to do a photo session in the house where my Great Grandparents lived in Monroe, TN (located on the Cumberland Plateau of Middle TN). This is something I have wanted to do for awhile but I have always been too afraid to actually try it. Fear held me back from following through with my vision. Even on a model call you have to get at least 5 images to give to the model because that would be so embarrassing if all of the photos looked horrible.
So I am going to take a moment to talk about fear. Fear has been holding me back from following my heart for as long as I can remember. Now, I am not talking about the kind of fear that keeps you safe. Keeps you from jumping in front of a moving vehicle or whatever. No, I am talking about letting go of the fear that suppresses your soul and takes away your reason for living. I'm talking about telling that voice in the back of your mind to just shut up! The annoyingly loud voice that is constantly telling you that you are not good enough. Will disappoint everyone. Will fail. Will not fit in. Or fear of whatever else might be holding you back.
Finally after all these years I am starting to figure out that in order for me to succeed and be satisfied I must shed all those fears that have been holding me back. I must follow my dreams and I truly believe everyone else should follow theirs as well. Will we succeed the first time, hopefully. But if not, don't give up. Just keep trying. And remember it is never too late to go for your dreams.
I stepped out of my comfort zone. Instead of having nice even light filtered by beautiful trees. I chose to shoot inside a dimly lit house. The lighting was challenging, the background was a bit challenging, and the coloring was a bit of a challenge to edit. But I took the chance and I am so happy I did! The images I ended up with are just what I was going for. I love the vintage feel from the neutral color palette. I love how we can see the old newspaper that was used all those years ago as insulation. And I love most of all the feeling I get when I look at them - a feeling of "I thought this up and it actually worked!"
So I challenge you all to do something outside of your comfort zone. Try something new! Don't let your fear stop you. You can do this!
Equipment used: Canon 6D, Sigma 50 art, Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35
Shauna Hargis Photography is a portrait photographer serving the Livingston, Cookeville, and Middle TN area. Shauna is devoted to capturing authentic moments in a simple and timeless way.