The Photographer was Photographed

The Photoshoot

If you own a business, it is inevitable that you will need headshots.  Yes, even photographers need their photos taken.  After a few years of putting it off, I finally hired a professional to do the job. Thank you to Liz Mastrocola from saving me from bathroom selfies! It was time for me to be the client.  

Here are some thoughts about what it was like being on the other side of the camera.  Below you can see some of the awkward moments.


  1. I was freaking out.  
  2. I felt like Liz could see all my wrinkles, freckles, and every strand of white hair.
  3. I was freaking out.
  4. I felt like, *Who do I think I am? (I'll address this in a minute.)

Below you see some moments of just letting go and having fun with it.

It's a vulnerable feeling.  You know, having someone just stare at you through a lens.  Funny thing about that though, I know as a photographer, that's not exactly what happens.  We don't stare at our clients trying to find all of the "imperfections" that we as humans, love to make up in our heads.  Photographers too get nervous.  Our goal is to help the person being photographed, feel as comfortable as possible.  

Post Processing

These photos did something more for me than just updating my LinkedIn profile.  Liz captured how I feel about helping my clients and growing my business.   


  1. Although I spend most days in jeans and sneakers, the woman above.. the one in the red dress and heels?  She's the one that navigates.
  2. I can see in these photos that I am the owner of Everyday Lifters.  
  3. These photos help suppress the imposter syndrome.  
  4. In the pursuit of being a good mother, my identity gets lost at times.  It needs a simple trail of cookie crumbs for me to find it.  These photos did that and now I have a permanent reminder.  
  5. At first I hesitated to post any of these photos for the fear of being seen as vain.  *See below "Who do I think I am?"
  6. "Who do I think I am?"  
I am a photographer.  I am happy.  I am feeling good.  I am Viviana Podhaiski, Hello!


Images can be used as tool to explore identity.  It could also be used as a way to tell a story when words are just not quite enough.  Recently The New York Times shared a story about a photographer named Erin Lefevre, who uses photography to give insight on what's it's like for her brother who has Autism.  Last year I worked with a woman who had lost a great amount of weight and she needed photos to be able to see who she is now.  She revisits those photos often to help her brain catch up with who she sees in the mirror every day.

There is real value in the cliché saying, "a picture tells a thousand words."  Images can teach us, explain tough topics, and even inspire.  So, if you're looking to see yourself or just need some simple headshots, please don't put it off any longer.  Get them done, and then share them with the world!