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Facing the Fear of Public Photoshoots (spoiler: it’s okay to be weird)

When I first started taking portraits, it was in the privately owned woods behind my dad’s house, where I was at almost No Risk of running into another human being. I could look as ridiculous as I wanted, and there was no one I’d have to smile awkwardly at, answer questions for, or apologize to for being in their way. It was just me, a CHB hoodie, and the trees. Since then though my outdoor photoshoots have grown to include public beaches, cities, public parks, and other various monuments and crowded spaces. There’s been times I’ve been ignored completely by people, had to pause to answer questions (are you making a movie? Why are you taking photos?), or had to change locations entirely due to people getting in the way of the camera after I’d already set up.

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