Psyphotology - A Look at Why People Are Afraid to Be In Front of a Camera, and How to Fix That

October 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

"For those of you that are having trouble seeing your own beauty....could you please just take a better look around for it.    And when you find it..................allow us to see it too" - Peter Hurley

Psychology+Photography = Psyphotology  (psy-pho-tah-lo-gee) 
 
For most people.....Why are you afraid to be in front of a camera?  If you take tons of selfies...but freeze/get uncomfortable when a camera (especially a "big" camera) is pointed at you....why?  Whether you know it or not, a lot has to do with how you let yourself perceive yourself.  I wholeheartedly believe that one's self-image reflects immensely in how they look in pictures.  This is too important for everyone to not to watch.

The video below is 13 mins, but it goes by pretty quick, and it's a good watch.   It not only applies to having your portrait taken....take it to heart & you can allow yourself to see yourself in a whole new light.

From PetaPixel.com:

Well known headshot photographer Peter Hurley has teamed up with respected psychologist Anna Rowley to develop a way for people to overcome their fear of being in front of a camera.

The pair call this research and application Psyphotology, a clever wordplay on psychology and photography. Their hope is to impact the world by helping us gain self-acceptance rather than focusing on criticism.
 
Hurley and Rowley met while working on an assignment for Microsoft. After meeting and better getting to know one another, they realized their mutual interest in figuring out the underlying reasons for which we’re afraid to be in front of a camera.
 
They recently gave a speech at TEDxCambridge on the subject of helping people to be more comfortable in front of a camera:
 
 

 
The talk starts out with an anecdote that highlights how even Miss Universe, a woman who certainly shouldn’t be self-conscious in the looks department, had inhibitions about being photographed by Hurley. From there, Rowley explains how she too was afraid of being in front of Hurley’s lens and how that fear lead to her wondering what it is that develops this fear and how one could quiet his or her inner critic.

Whoops! The poor blog....

October 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I'll be the first to admit I'm not the greatest at keeping a blog updated ;)  That's why my last entry was back in July about the SAFRE expo.  I do need to get better at keeping it updated, so check back in the coming weeks for some new posts about sessions I've done over the past couple months!


Find us at SAFRE 2014

July 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
 

The SAFRE event organizers have finalized the layout for exhibitors at the expo this year!  I'll be REAL easy to find..right by the main entrance at booths 132-133 :)  To check out what other vendors will be attending, swing over to SAFRE's website:  http://www.safre.biz/2014-exhibitors/

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Photobooth: Foothills Beard & Moustache Showdown 2014

June 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
 
This past Saturday night, I ran a photobooth for the Hillybilly Beardsmen Club of Hickory, NC as they were holding a fundraising event called the "Foothills Beard & Moustache Showdown 2014" in Hickory.  They had over 200 attendees, and all proceeds raised went towards the Camp Dogwood Retreat for the Blind & Visually Impaired.   
 
On Friday, they held a meet n' greet, car & bike show, and a 50/50 raffle.  And Saturday night they held a Beard & Mustache Competition at Market on the Main, where I set up the photobooth.  The categories for the competition were:  Mustache Natural, Mustache Styled, Partial Beard Natural, Partial Beard Freestyle, Beer Wench Realistic, Beer Wench Freestyle, Full Beard Freestyle, Full Beard under 6", Full Beard 6"-12", Full Beard over 12", Best in Show
 
To say this was a great group of guys & gals is a complete understatement!  Aside from one person I knew, I had never met anyone in the club.  From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I felt as if I had been good buds with these guys for years!  To everyone that attended....I want to THANK YOU ALL for such an FANTASTIC & AWESOME time Saturday night!
 
The complete album of photobooth pics can be found on my Facebook Page, but here are some teasers ;)
 
 

South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo 2014

June 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
 

South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo 2014 - Here we come!

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That's right!!!  We have secured a vendor booth at the 2014 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo, held in Raleigh July 25-26 at the Raleigh Convention Center!  SAFRE has become the premier expo and conference for the fire service on the east coast with it's 150,000 sq. ft. expo floor!  Hundreds of vendors, both locally & nationally, involved in the Fire & Rescue service will be exhibiting at SAFRE this year, with an estimated attendance of 4,500 people.

We have also partnered up with the SAFRE Expo organizers this year, and....get this....one of OUR firefighter portraits will be FRONT & CENTER at the expo...literally ON the front of the Raleigh Convention Center!

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The SAFRE organizers like to keep the front display a secret until the expo is just around the corner, so I can't spill the beans on what the image is...but it's going to be like none other that have graced that front display window!

We will also be running a photobooth right next to our exhibit table as well!  This is your chance to get a taste of Jim O'Sullivan Photography portraits!  We will have turnout gear, a helmet (with a generic shield), & some tools available on-site, but I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to bring at least your own helmet (& gear if you wish!) to make the portrait authentic to you.  

We'll be doing on-site printing of 4x6 portraits, and are running a SAFRE special of $12 per portrait or $20 for two!  And if you'd like a larger sized portrait, we'll gladly take orders for those as well!  

Now...here's the REALLY special part about this photobooth - a portion of all sales will be going towards a fundraiser we're putting on for a local EMT and Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief - Kyle Buckner.

 

Fundraiser for Kyle Buckner

Kyle Buckner has been serving his community of Alamance County for the past 16 years as a County Paramedic, has been the Volunteer Chief for Alamance County Rescue Unit for 12 years, and also owns his own business, Buckner’s Lawncare, since 2005.  But recently, he’s had to put all that aside and focus on his health.

Kyle is facing his third kidney transplant in 20 years.
 
You see, he has Alport Syndrome, which is a hereditary genetic disease & damages the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys.  It began with his grandfather on his mother’s side, which was passed on to his mother, and then to him.  He had his first kidney transplant in 1994 while in high school, and then in 2004 that kidney began failing and he underwent a second kidney transplant.  
 
9 years later, in November 2013, Kyle contracted pneumonia and was in the hospital for a week.  He then found himself in the hospital again in February 2014, and during his stay, he contracted a staph infection in his left lung and bloodstream and was placed on a ventilator at Duke Hospital for six days.  The stress on his body created by the staph infection caused his current kidney to go into acute renal failure, so he is now looking at his third kidney transplant.

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During the 2014 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo we will be donating $2 from every portrait purchased ($5 when two are purchased!) to Kyle.  And we will more than graciously accept any donations outside of purchased portrait sales!  All money raised for him through this fundraiser will be going directly into a special account strictly for his medicine, medical bills, gas for his constant trips to the hospital, and other medical-related expenses.
 
We thank you for your support, and look forward to seeing you at SAFRE 2014!!
 
 

 

 

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