I was a very nervous kid. I’d have panic attacks and butterflies in my stomach at the thought of staying overnight at my cousins’ house… and they only lived a block away! Theatre and dance really brought me out of my shell and encouraged me to be more outgoing and social. It’s been a long road, but I’m a much more confident adult than I ever was as a child or teen.
But still, going out, meeting new people and (gasp!) possibly making friends doesn’t come naturally to me. That’s probably why I love the internet so much. I’m gaining Twitter and Facebook friends fairly rapidly because I love to keep in touch and share my life and I don’t have to be worried of looking like too much of a douchebag.
I’ve recently becoming better acquainted with a lovely man, who through online appearances seems to have lovely friends. One of them organises a photojam, on which you can find info here. When I saw via Twitter that he openly invited people to attend and that it was a kid-friendly event, I asked if I could come. So, I committed to hanging out with a bunch of people I didn’t know (minus the one that I did) to take pictures and talk photography (a subject I know very little about.) Boy am I glad that I did.
I had such an amazing time. Everyone there was so welcoming and friendly, not to mention talented, intelligent and funny. (Justin’s wife Mel, aside from being gorgeous, is also a phenomenal cook.) I ended up not bringing the little ones, but I wish I did because there were 5 kids between 7 months and 12 years running around. I learned a lot. I laughed a lot. And I got some amazing photos of myself out of the deal.
Shy Natalie is no more. I think I should really embrace Confident Natalie more often. It can certainly pay off.
If you want to see the results of the photojam, check out the following Flickr pages: