I'm Trying to Become Comfortable in Front of a Camera Again

I'm not sure if anyone has noticed or not, but I've been keeping out of the camera as of late. June 20 was actually the last time I published a personal style post. It's complicated, and I plan on going more in-depth about what's been going on sometime soon(ish), but for now, I'll just say that I'm trying.

I'm trying to be happier with myself again. I'm trying to be a bit more creative with the spaces I take self-portraits in. I'm trying not to delete every photo of myself. Insecurity is a complicated thing, and it doesn't react well with depression. I think I was also a bit burned out with my wardrobe and the routine of taking photos in the same spot, week after week.

I enjoy personal style and what it stands for so much, and staying out of it in this way has been a huge bummer, even though I was the one holding myself back. So hello. Here's me. Here's a look. It's nothing special, but I like it. These photos were taken as the sun was coming up yesterday morning, from just beside the front window in my house. The sunrise from that room is always lovely, and I was too impatient/tired to wait for the sun to rise any higher.

The dress was something I snatched from my mother as she was cleaning out her wardrobe last year. I have no idea how old it is, but it's got a kitschy, baby-doll vibe, and I'm into it. I swear, half of my own wardrobe consists of things I've taken from people who don't want them anymore. 

I've finally got more of these posts planned, and I'm genuinely making an effort to become comfortable in front of a camera again. So hey, it's been awhile. I'll try to stick around.


  1. You picked an interesting time of day to take these portraits. Contrasted with the detail shots, it gives off the sense that you live a castle with small windows. I envision stone and dark hallways. And of course, this wouldn't be an Amber Baker post without attention to the textures in each image! As for getting more comfortable . . . we are all our own harshest critics. In the depths of my lows, I've had to be reminded, "Would you say that to your friend? Then why say it to yourself?"

    1. Ha! That's one hundred percent the vibe I'm always going for. I'm so glad you could spot it.

      You're right though, and that's something I really need to remember. Thanks for that!

  2. These are nice pictures. I love how you captured these and it's a nice thing that you're getting comfortable again in shooting your photos :)


  3. It's great to see you back in front of a camera, you look great and it's interesting that you like to upcycle other people's clothes, I think it gives you a really interesting vibe to your outfits :)

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    1. Thank you Rosy! I'm so glad you think so.

  4. I love the way the photos have turned out!!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris


  5. Oh, hon! I can totally relate to that! When I first started, I wasn't confident at all, sometimes I still feel that way, but practice makes us better. Use sunnies, they always help me pose better :). Have a great week ahead. x


    1. Oh yeah, I've been doing this for years, but the confidence still comes and goes. Such is life. Thanks Andreea!


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