Break Out My Shell

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    I used to be very shy. Thankfully, over the years my introvertness has chipped away. It was something I loathed so much because of how uncomfortable being shy would always make me feel. One of my earliest memories was of my C.E.C.E.P (pre-school) graduation. I was 4 years old and had to recite "The Rhinoceros" - by Ogden Nash infront of my peers and couldn't finish the poem because I was stricken with stage fright. In Jr. High, I remember nervously dashing down the hallway when my friends would tell me the boy I had a huge crush on was coming our way. In highschool, when I had public speaking classes, I would fight to keep my hands and voice from trembling in front of my classmates.

    Many of us struggle with this same problem. Doesn't matter how old or young, it may take a while for some to grow out of it. The best way to overcome shyness is to practice being self confident.

    1) Speak up when there's something on your mind.
    2) Straighten your posture when you walk. Trust me, it worked.
    3) Be happy with the way you look. Love yourself. :)
    4) Learn something that interest you and speak with authority when sharing it with others.

    Thanks Marcel for collaborating with me again on this project! I was going to approach this egg concept with a lot of photoshop, but aside from color adjustments and alignment of the photo, there is no additional editing photoshop. Thanks Marcel for your suggestion!

    I've also had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Dr. Nat Irvin, a futurist thinker and professor, for his book "The Hidden World of Thrivals". Can't express how honored I felt to talk to him about little 'ole me. Feel like taking a cool quiz? Find out if you are Thrival! Fun stuff :)

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    1. Frankee Razor 37 months ago | reply

      So I created a flickr Account just to comment on this shot. I am moved by this photo and the prose u used to describe the intent behind the image. Not only did u seek to share u story but u shared anecdotes and remedies to help others over come their struggle as well. More than a photographer, I feel u have tapped into World Changer!! And u have done this and continue to do this thru ur work. Thank u for this wonderful piece of art.

      As a singer, I hope to inspire my audience as purely and as strongly.

      U are certainly seasoned!!! (Smile)

    2. joky8 37 months ago | reply

      it,s greet :)

    3. giasharee 37 months ago | reply

      I Love This! It inspires me to break out of my shell and not be a afraid. Fear alone holds us back......Well this Photo just speaks volumes. BEAUTIFUL!

    4. italianoadoravel *****just feelinfg a bit better** 37 months ago | reply

      interesting and atractive composition!.
      great vibrations
      TFS
      --
      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    5. october blue 37 months ago | reply

      A wonderfully creative self-portrait ...a beautiful and talented lady ...

      Thank you so much for you visit and kind words ...I am a big fan of your photos as well :-)

    6. recent realisations 37 months ago | reply

      Lovely!!! Very well executed!!

    7. L'aBe 37 months ago | reply

      Amazing manipulation!

    8. sunderlandartstudent 37 months ago | reply

      You are the white shell woman?, in Navajo myth she was one of the creators of the world and created other beings because of loneliness.
      We all start out as female, then hormones whisper if we will be male or not. The hand as a birds beak reminds me of swan lake, With Odette doomed to be a swan unless some bloke marrys her.

    9. Nastassia Davis [www.nastassiadavis.com] 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone!

      It's not a manipulation! It's the real deal. Just a change in the color. :)

      Hey, you always have the most intriguing, historical feedback on my work! Such a pleasure to read. Prior to shooting, I certainly didn't have that in mind, but I'll take it! And, I wrote you about your email request a long time ao. You receive it?

    10. sunderlandartstudent 37 months ago | reply


      I did not, but my memoory stinks, what email request?

    11. LB1147 37 months ago | reply

      Keep your eyes on the prize ...I Love it !

    12. M aka Marcello 37 months ago | reply

      You better tell me next time when you upload a picture to your stream right away, I don't wanna be number 1043 commenting on your pictures my dear schätzu! :) I Love that picture, It's a collabo I'll never forget, and how focused I must have been staying concentrated being with you in the same room, with you wearing nothing but a shell. Love the coloring, love the expression, we've put a lot of creativity in there to not have to put any photoshop work to it. That was a genius idea wasn't it? :D I really miss you and love you to bits.

    13. asboluv 36 months ago | reply

      'eggsellent' sorry I couldn't resist Nastasia ; )

      hope you are well?

      x

    14. Nastassia Davis [www.nastassiadavis.com] 36 months ago | reply

      Asboluv, I'm doing well! Just trying to keep up with these fab photoshoots! ;) And you? Your "Afro Girl" series, is awesome!

    15. Chachachaos! 36 months ago | reply

      I love it!Genial

    16. Rakel_Moreno 35 months ago | reply

      You know some wonderful ideas that translate into an incredible photographs! You make a beautiful play of light! Congratulations! Your work is an example! Greetings from Spain!

    17. garfield H 33 months ago | reply

      I spotted this image in some one stream, and thought mmmm, they look familiar. Click through to find its ND.
      That look is almost the same as the baby chick that was nesting in the tree.

    18. Vânia. 24 months ago | reply

      wonderful!

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