Say “Cheese!” Getting Your Picture Taken

Shoey Sindel

For a lot of us the idea of having our picture taken can be extremely intimidating. (It has been for me!) Just having a camera pointed at you can bring up all kinds of insecurities. That’s why I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview portrait photographer Shoey Sindel to get some perspective from a person behind the lens.

Shoey began her professional career as a psychiatric social worker. But in an emotionally down time during her first pregnancy, a friend took some pictures of her to help her see just how beautiful she really was. Those photographs gave her a profound emotional boost. And, they motivated her to eventually change careers in order to share that empowering and self-affirming experience.

In this interview she explains the value of having a professional photograph taken, how she loosens up her subjects, the benefits of indoor vs. outdoor photo shoots, the difference between professional photographs and head shots, and she also gives advice on taking those (frequently awful) selfies!Yellow shopping bag illustration

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About the Author:

Author of Shopping for the Real You, Andrea Pflaumer, is a non-fiction writer in the San Francisco Bay Area and host of the video series, Vital, Vivacious, and Visible after 50. She has written extensively about fashion for local and national publications and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Better After 50, Sixty and Me, She Savvy, and Prime Women. Her free ten-lesson course, A Lazy Person's Guide to the Perfect Wardrobe, is available on