You know that young, fun, modern marriage celebrant you see jumping around on the Vows Now website? Yeah, something happened… She got older, fatter and more grey! The time has finally arrived where I need to update the photos on my website. I still LOVE the photos on the website, it’s just that I don’t quite look the same any more. I’m starting to wonder if I could rent myself out as ‘something old’?
Tomorrow I am being shot by Andrew Hellmich of Impact Images and I’m more anxious than if I were standing in front of a firing squad, rather than a photographer and his camera. I feel like a nervous bride, about to walk down the aisle. I don’t really want to be the centre of attention. I don’t really want to be judged on how I look. I just want you to love me for being me?
The rational part of my brain says :
“It’s OK, Andrew is a Master Photographer; he won’t let you look stupid. The man is a highly trained, professional photographer and he has photographed thousands of people on their wedding day and in commercial shoots”.
The Y Chromosome dominant part of my brain keeps saying:
“OMG, does my bum look big in this photoshoot?“
The Vows Now website was always intended to be a place where you could instantly connect we me; Johanna, the Celebrant you would hire to officiate your Central Coast elopement. It has felt a little bit like false advertising when couples come to meet me… When I meet prospective brides and grooms at my door, too many times I’m greeted with that awkward upward inflection of “Johanna????“… “Umm, yes…”
Tomorrow, Andrew will be doing for me, what I do as the Celebrant for 100′s of anxious brides and grooms. He will be the professional and take the lead. He will use his people skills and photographic expertise to keep me calm get the job done.We have remarkably similar jobs… only this time I’ll be the one bringing ‘something blue’…. My blue steel!
Photo Credit: Rachel Murrell of Little Ruby Photography & Design