I recently experienced my first professional photo shoot after meeting the fabulous Fi Mimms and learning about her “passion project” compiling a book of images and inspirational quotes to support Fitted For Work.
I wrote a LinkedIn post sharing my experience of the photo shoot and was overwhelmed with the response I received. I wanted capture and expand on the topic of feeling “wind-machine-worthy” through this article.
Leading up to the shoot I was anticipating feeling nervous and a little anxious, however upon starting the process of preparing for shoot, I was surprise by sudden feelings of “not being worthy” of all the fuss and attention.
These feelings really strengthened when Fi unveiled her wind machine. In amongst the laughter and joking, I was struck by the thought: “Could I REALLY be worthy of a wind machine??!!” As my mind raced forward, I proceeded to manufacture even more anxiety by imagining meeting new people and seeing the looks of disappointment on their faces upon realising that the “real-life” version of me is significantly less polished and glamorous that the version of me in the images we were creating.
Fi had heard it all before and it quickly became very clear that I was not alone in thinking this way. Fi was funny, kind and down-to-earth and we chatted about the many times she has heard various versions of the same self-limiting beliefs from her other clients.
By the end of the session I could see that putting on nice clothes and taking extra care with grooming in order to create images that capture my personal brand was not vain or ridiculously-self indulgent – it was just a really smart thing to do.
The experience brought back into sharp focus this wonderful passage by Marianne Williamson that really resonates with me. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, talented and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? Playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”
I am now a firm believer that we are ALL “wind-machine-worthy”. Everyone deserves the opportunity to create images that capture the most professional and confident version of themselves.
In fact, in an era where personal branding could become as important as your CV, you are crazy not to.