By Nadine Spirit, AP Contributor
This is my youngest dog, Indy, and this is one of about five good pictures I have of him. No, he did not take a selfie, but his photos will hopefully help me to demonstrate my own picture taking philosophy – to get a good photo, take more!
Pictured above is a partial listing of the 542 photos I have of Indy. That is a lot of photos, especially when you consider that he is only a year old. I really wish that I would have taken even more of them actually, because the vast majority of them are really bad.
For me, a really good photo is sort of like finding a four leaf clover, just pure luck. Sure I could figure out the ins and outs of my camera, good lighting, scene setting, etc. but even when I watch professional photographers, they take lots of pictures.
So I try to see that the same thing that happens when I take pictures of my dog happens when I take pictures of myself. With my dog’s photos, it is not at all personal. With his photos I immediately and automatically think, oh my gosh, what a horrible photo, I should take more! I never think, oh wow, my dog is ugly! But when it is me, I still think, uggh, I look horrible, I should never take another photo ever again, let alone post them on the internet!
But I can’t escape this lesson offered up from photographing my dog; if I take enough photos, I’m going to eventually get some good ones.
So…. my advice…. if you absolutely hate photos of yourself, maybe the answer is to take more. Yeah, I know it can be hard, but it just may be the best thing you ever do for your image of yourself.
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Hi, I’m Nadine Spirit and I have been a lifelong gender non-conformer. I have always understood that I am a bit different than most but it was not until sometime in my thirties that I came to understand that I am transgender. While I spend most of my time presenting as a male I am always presenting in a gender non-conforming manner.
I started my blog, Unordinary Style, with the idea of being able to show a stylish side to those who identify as transgender. Since that time my blog has evolved into showing my personal style, discussing a wide variety of transgender topics, as well as posts about my personal life. My personal style continues to evolve as I attempt to continually push myself to pick stuff off of the racks, take it into the dressing room, and try on as much as I can. I am a firm believer in ignoring tag sizes, never paying retail prices, and due to a terrific allergy – that nickel should never be in any jewelry!