It’s 1969… hop on for a ride ladies! The one thing I always wish I had and still dream of getting some day is an old vintage car, to be exact I want one of those old thin vans where I can remove the back seats and decorate it with rugs and pillows, then just drive anywhere, maybe park it on the beach or at a pretty park and have a picnic with my family. I guess it wouldn’t be that practical in NY, perhaps if we lived somewhere more exotic like Hawaii then it would make a bit more sense haha.
Back to reality, this car was just parked outside in our neighborhood and some people watched as the weird stranger posed in front of it. I get asked sometimes how do I take photos in the street without embarrassing myself. Well, I used to be very uncomfortable shooting photos outside, I’m kind of a shy person overall and I felt like everyone’s starring at me. It took me some time to feel confident while taking photos outside, when I just started my blog back in Israel, I was extremely self conscious about the way I looked while shooting. I remember every time I saw a person coming our way I’d wait until they’d be gone. Our photo shoots would take twice or triple the amount of time they take today as every few shots I’d stop and wait for people to pass by only to avoid the strange look they gave at me. I really disliked the fact that I cared so much about what people thought of me, especially strangers in the street which I most probably would never see again, so I decided I had to do something about it. It took some time but I started practicing at focusing only on the camera and pretending it’s just me and Pin (my husband and the one behind the lens) and eventually it became so much easier and most importantly enjoyable to shoot our photos, now I just love shooting looks for the blog or just take photos with the kids outside. My tip I would say is just don’t look around if anyone’s watching or steering at you, focus on the person taking your photos and pretend it’s just the two of you. I know it’s easier said than done but that freeing feeling of overcoming a fear is just priceless! It might take some time to get used to doing but I promise you it works. I used to get (and probably still do) so many looks and even giggles while taking photos but I think some people are just ignorant and there’s nothing I can do to change that so I might as well just do my thing and not take it personally. I know as a human my first reaction when I see something different or a scenario I’m not used to seeing is to judge, but I try to train myself to take a step back and be a bit more open minded towards other. XX