Hey everyone: as those of you who follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Fetlife know, I was recently in Japan for almost two weeks. I posted little bits and pieces on those sites, but didn’t really have the time or energy to blog (it definitely wasn’t a vacation). So I thought I’d kick off my return to blogging with some roundups of the stuff I’ve posted here and there in one spot for my blog-only fans. The things I’m most excited and proud to share are my bodybuilding progress pictures taken by the amazing Mayumism!
As always, I find it incredibly humbling and exciting to work with a professional photographer of Mayumi’s level. Don’t get me wrong, I think I’ve taken some decent pictures myself over the years. But, let’s face it, if you take literally tens of thousands of pictures (which I have done!) even a GWC (girl with camera) like me is going to get a few good ones here and there.
But working with a real artist is another thing altogether. It feels so much more real and so much less hit or miss. I feel like a professional model myself, although one who is very, very bad at her job. I know, I’m really just an amateur, but it gives me the feeling that I’m really modeling, you know? That I’m doing something real, instead of just blogging for fun. This is fun, too, but on a whole different level. I want to have fun (and I always do) but I also want to make the very most of an opportunity that most people never have!
I really love that I can totally put myself in her hands. Instead of worrying about the picture, I can just worry about the part of the art that I can control: myself, and my body. When I have a shoot scheduled, it makes me work twice as hard in the gym, and in the kitchen. I think so much about how I’m going to look, and I think so hard about doing my part for the shoot, and making the most of my opportunity to get in front of a pro’s lens.
Anyhow, there’s more coming from this series I believe. I hope you like the shots so far, and I hope that if you’re ever looking for a great photographer you’ll consider Mayumi!