Saturday, March 5, 2011

Finding Beauty in Rome

As a musician, I am in it to win it, and that means learning how to be in front of a camera. I'm very shy for a musician. For many years I have been quite comfortable playing music for myself in my little studio, venturing out just a few times a month to share. But now, I am working towards the next big step. That means I have to market myself. The idea of being photographed makes me nervous. My jaw gets a little too tight, and my smile can feel unnatural... and what to wear? I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, so this always poses a problem, no pun intended. 

Drinking tea before the shoot.
Calming the nerves.

Being in Italy has opened my eyes to beauty. Everyone here is so elegant, even in their jeans and sneakers. I'm used to living in a high fashion city, but Italy is different... It seems to be part of their DNA... All the women and men are beautiful. Effortlessly beautiful with their wavy hair, high cheekbones, and smooth skin. I figured if I was ever going to feel comfortable posing in front of a camera, Rome would be the place to do it.

I giggled as observers formed behind me.

So, I recruited my talented photographer husband to ride the train to the area where the Pantheon is located. When we were there last week, I noticed some really neat alleyways. I love alleyways in photos. 

Rome Has Alley's A-Plenty

We took 500 photos, and by the end, 50 were chosen. Not bad, according to Chad. The photos will be used for various marketing reasons... website, CD, poster, press releases. Considering it was really my second professional photo shoot, I thought I did ok. I look at the whole modeling thing as a practice like anything else. I have to learn to be comfortable being looked at through the eye of a camera.

We Loved the Graffiti

If you had to pick one for a CD cover, which would you choose?


  1. They are all so look absolutely stunning...and relaxed and playful. If I had to pick...I'd say the one in front of the graffiti looks super cool!

  2. Thanks, Marika! That's Chad's favorite, too!

  3. I liked the one where you are walking away from the camera. I don;t no why but it moves me. Your trip was awesome. I think I might be Italian. I'm so loud and loving to everyone. I know I'm no Italian but I think I'll adopt that country. I fit in better then the Welsh side of my

  4. Great photos! I'd pick the one of you in profile (third from the bottom) or the one of you leaning against the graffiti wall. Can't wait to hear more about your trip when we see you this week.

  5. Marti.... not a bad idea!
    Nancy...thank you!

  6. They're great, Michelle! Thanks for sharing them! xo Liz

  7. Thanks, Liz! So glad you liked them.

  8. It depends on the album name.