February 17, 2011

Confidence is Key

Jeans: JBrand; Shirt: H&M; Belt: Mom's; Shoes: Dolce Vita (Macys); Purse: Francescas; Fedora: BCBG; Necklace: Forever21; Bracelets: Forever21 and Anthropologie; Earrings: Frances Boutique
99% of the pictures on Running on Happiness are taken by moi.  (Hubby helps out here and there.)  I just grab my handy tri-pod, Canon Rebel camera, kit lens along with a 50mm, and head out the door to an inspired location.  Today, I headed downtown.  In the beginning of my self-portrait career, I was so insecure to pose by myself in front of my camera out in public.  So I always tried to find a place where no one was around.  Now, I am so used to the charade, that it simply doesn't bother me.  People in business suits were walking by today and I stayed on course, doing my thang, dancing around, and making goofy faces.  A young man working security came up to me while I was setting up my tri-pod and asked why I was taking a picture of a wall.  I replied, "It's not a picture of the wall, it's a picture of me standing in front of the wall.  And it happens to match my outfit.  But, while you're here, would you be a doll and stand right there so I can get my camera to focus?  Thanks.  OK, I got it.  Now you can move out of the way."  And I confidently posed for my "photographer" and um new security friend.  And said, 'Hi' and 'have a great day' with a tip of my fedora, to anyone who gave me funny looks.  And you know what, they smiled back like I'm totally normal.  If we are afraid to do what we want, or are insecure of what others may think, then thoughts stay thoughts, visions stay visions, dreams stay dreams and good lighting passes us by.


Katie in Colors said...

I'm pretty sure I have a girl crush on you after only reading your blog for about 3 days =)

Love the outfits you post!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I cannot believe all those great pictures are tripod awesomeness, wish I can do that, reason why I don't post each and everyone of my outfits it's cause I have to wait for my sister!


Erin Willett said...

I hope once the weather gets nicer I won't be embarrassed to take my photos outside! I don't have a tripod though so that could be an issue. You look like a pro though!

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Megan said...

i am seriously impressed by your boldness. i modeled (gag i said it...) for 8 years and I STILL get insecure taking picture with tons of people around.

Kristen said...

Great post, thanks for the inspiration and boost. ps i'm a new follower!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

good for you girl! you are a brave one, confident indeed! love the black and brown contrast. and is your necklace a locket?! v cute. xoxo jcd

Jeannette said...

awesome post. loved it.

Gentri said...

LOVE it! So inspiring. Plus, I love the outfit!

madison kate said...

kudos to you for bravery. it always is such a rewarding feeling.

ah, your outfit is incredible!

Veronika Novotny said...

Best post ever! I absolutely adore this, and you are so right. I will be thinking of your lovely post and smiling all day. You are delightful! xx veronika

Elle said...

That was a cute story! but OMG the security guard didnt offer to help? It's so much easier with focus, etc to have someone else take it! haha! THAT would have been hilarious!

love, live & wear

xox, L

Sophie said...

you are seriously SO inspiring! i need to get some of your confidence into me. im always so shy about taking pics even in front of my boyfriend when people are around! getting a little used to it now, slowlyyy!! you look gorgeous as always! xx

Anonymous said...

You have really pretty hair! Posing in front of the camera like that is harder than it looks.

Brooke T said...

That is so awesome that you can take pictures like that of yourself! I can't do that worth anything haha

Linden said...

These are awesome pictures! I wish I were as talented at taking my own photos!

krisandkel said...

You know, you are one smart gal! I'm going to steal my dad's tripod and start taking my own pictures in different locations. I'll have to ease into first...but I hope to have your confidence in no time. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

<3 kris&kel

Rissy said...

this is inspired! seriously you go girl!

I have a tendency to worry about what strangers think of me but constantly remind myself that I will never see them again.

Bet this was the highlight of that security guard's day

Hayley said...

Such an inspiration, I am SO shy with my locations! What I am even more shy about is explaining to people what my blog is and I always just beg for them to realize it is a thing, I am not just vain!
But i love your outfit and the first goofy photo is so adorable!

Diana Smith said...

I love your outfits! You are such a stylish girl and so gorgeous!!

The Smith Circle

Kathryn said...

I love this post! And totally admire you for taking your own pictures, it definitely takes getting used too! :)

Lindsay said...

Wow! I love this :) I definitely need to work on my insecurity of taking pictures with other people around. It takes some getting used to but you're right about all the things you miss out on by letting the fear/insecurity conquer.

MARY said...

Very nice outfit...=D

karly from [kar[+]wade] said...

awh katie! i saw you featured on ashleys page! i was so excited when i saw you! too cute!

Virginie's Cinema said...

What a sweet and inspiring post Katie! Your are SO gorgeous and I love your blog, I'm still stocked from the HTML tip you shared ;)


Lynzy said...

Ok I must say that a.) your hair is flipping gorgeous b.) your confidence is admirable, I still can't get the courage to tripod it in front of strangers and c.) I now have a girl crush on you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this inspirational post! I'm still working on my confidence, some days are better than others but reading stuff like this helps!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Carolina said...

Wow, thanks for such an inspiring post. It's a great exemple of self-confidence and it "boosted" my day in a certain way, if I can express myself like this. And thank you very much for the beautiful comment about my post on my blog. Now following yours ^^

Oh and you are very pretty by the way.


BryanaEllen said...

I always love love your photos!

katou said...

That outfit is so simple and edy you look great

Kimberlee said...

How cute are you. Seriously, adorable.

STEPH J said...

..."and good lighting passes us by."

Oh gosh I think I'm in love with you, hahaha. You're so quirkly and full of style. Love reading your blog (:

♥ ♥ ♥

mj said...

I love the pictures. I can't believe you take them by yourself. amazing. and you are gorgeous.

Unknown said...

oh my gosh you're the cutest thing ever! i love that you do this and you're so confident!

Bailey Schneider said...

You're right... It's all about having confidence and sometimes you just have to "faking it 'til you make it!"
Happy Weekend x

Peppered With Life said...

LOVE this post..you are so inspiring Miss Katie.
Peppered With Life

Unknown said...

so true.
these are really nice pictures!
You have such an amazing smile!

x Je suis Sophie

The Pretty Life Anonymous said...

This is AWESOME! I am totally inspired! WOW!

the chirpy bird said...

You're fabulous! Just stumbled across your blog and thought you should know! Just gorgeous
xox tash

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure you're the cutest lady in the blogger world :)

Anonymous said...

Super adorable outfit!!!!

Nicole Marie said...

love your shoes! so cute!!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, you're too funny. Thanks for sharing that tid-bit! You're right, most people would be too nervous to take pictures of themselves in front of the public. Myself included ;)


Bre said...

You take your own photos? They are amazing! I am still too nervous to take photos away form house alone. How did you get the confidence?

Sophie with her Illustrations said...

Haha I just love your attitude about taking pictures on your own, absolubly love your attitude.

Rachael said...

Love what you said in your post!
It's important to not be afraid, or feel stupid, doing your own thing! I don't know why it happens that we can feel that way sometimes...
But you're gorgeous so I'm sure 'being confident' isn't such a problem for you!

Kelly said...

This little post right here is just so inspirational. I really should just get it over with and start taking outfit pictures out in public. I only just stumbled onto this blog and I must say I am totally loving it.

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Unknown said...

I just saw your feature on Sparkling Footsteps, and I must say, you are fabulous. Those first two photos are absolutely stunning, and now even more stunning knowing you did them on your own. Get it girl!!

Lisa said...

I just became a follower and I just have to say that your blog is so cute! I do have a question... what hair products do you use to get those waves? I have fine hair that always seems to lose the curl, so I have SERIOUS hair envy right now haha


ElisabethCS said...

You're an inspiration, girlie! My hubby only helps out in the photo dept sometimes too, the other times it's my kiddos. I never get out alone to do the tri-pod thing. But you do it so well!

You're gorgeous!
The Happy Yoga Mom

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