Photo Shy

“Mom, we need photo with you!” This from my emotionally adopted Ukrainian daughter. Her words strike a chord.

While I love to be behind the camera lens, I detest having my picture taken. This is unfair to my children, I recently realized. When I’m gone, they’ll have nothing to remember me by.

Another Ukrainian family that recently settled in the area are a husband and wife photo and videography team. They are trying to re-establish themselves in this foreign land. I decided that a photoshoot might be a unique and important early Christmas gift, so I reached out to Anna.

“I’ll warn you that we’ve never done this before,” I messaged.

“You’ll be fine”, she responded.

Ric is like me, avoiding the camera at all costs. So, I didn’t tell him. Just said we had an appointment and he might want to shave and put on a blue shirt.

Turns out Anna was right. With her guidance, we forgot all about the camera and had a ball.


(Find Anna Salva on her Facebook page: Photographer Anna Salva)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

17 thoughts on “Photo Shy

  1. These are wonderful! I, like you, avoid the camera. I feel too self conscious and thus the pictures show that. A talented photographer, like your Anna, knows how to get beyond that!

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