I've been working on expanding the Tryna Be Somebody series to include more tangible content on how to better yourself as an individual professionally. This episode is the realization of that vision.
've had a few people reach out to me via YouTube asking if I could make a video about my skincare regimen. As someone with acne-prone oily skin I was a little apprehensive and frankly self-conscious about it. I've always struggled with acne since puberty and I didn't want the focus to be completely on me.
I had the supreme pleasure of attending #BlogHer17 this year in Orlando, Florida (shoutout to Jouelzy.com for providing the hook up). I must confess I was a tad nervous to attend. As a producer who often works behind the scenes at conventions such as these it was weird to be an attendee.
Thankfully, I ran into Cristina, current managing editor of NaturallyCurly.com and my introvert heart was immediately put at ease. Having at least one person you are acquainted with can make conventions a lot more manageable.
As a thank you for being an awesome wingman. I offered to take her portrait on the expansive balcony of the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek where the conference was held this year.
As I continue to take more portraits and figure out a personal style I find myself gravitating away from styles like the photo to the right. Women are usually photographed like this, smiling, looking perfect. Wind at their back, hair in the breeze -- and it's great (I definitely included this one in the final download links), but to me it's almost too picturesque. Too virginal. Too innocent. For lack of a better word...too feminine.
The whole point of the #BlogHer17 conference is to be mindful and to also be as independent in your entrepreneurial-ness as you want to be. To me that screams strength. Not necessarily smiling because you have to, or because it's what you should do.
So I focused on a more centered stance for her and had her look directly at the camera. Relaxed. Confident. Above it all.