Hey, do you know what would be fun? Wow is that a loaded start to a joke?
I'm sure we have all gone to our significant others with this statement... and then been surprised their response was not what we were thinking. This speaks of expectations, past experiences, priorities, and a variety of other motives. What I can say is, the fear of something is usually worse than the thing itself. And really, that BIG vacation, the dentist visit, the cleaning of your room--these all feel great when completed. Some of us fear the planning, air travel, discomfort, opportunity cost, or just the unknown. Where am I going with this? Most all of my clients tell me of their inability to take a good photo. The dread of seeing themselves in print, or the cost of being vain or the image not being as beautiful as they are. They have a fear of their session which can show up in their faces and body language. Hmmm--How to fix this....
Business leaders--clients want to see the real person handling the job. That person who can step up, assuredly, handling the task you are selling...with confidence.
Our loved ones want to see the real you. They find comfort and pleasure in that spouse, child, grandparent, friend... and they probably would not want unnecessary glamour fixes.
The funky beautiful hair, the happy crooked smile, those lovely freckles, and that wicked cool tattoo all make you who and what you are. Those glasses let you see me; so, perhaps they should stay on in the photo? You have a choice and the right to tell your real story.
We offer professional guidance. Do we pose and light to flatter?...yes. Do we use dramatic skills like focus retouching, matting, framing to make you look cool, sharp, artistic, happy, fun, etc?...yes? But the image needs to look like you, tell your story to deliver your message to this world we have.
What you need to know is your concerns are okay, need to be shared with your photographer, probably not the horrible thing you are dreading, can be handled, and the results will be beautiful art as long as it is the real you.