My first photoshoot ever, was with Maria Thundu. We first met in 2014 when we wanted to do a shoot based on my Freedom album, which was released in May 2015. I remember being anxious about it, I even googled pictures of the kind of poses I was going for (LOL). She is a laid-back, bubbly person, with great energy and skill in what she does, it’s been a pleasure to work with her.
For my Freedom album we shot at Koko Bean which is located at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. And for my 2016 “The Revolution” album we did the shoot at Duck Inn, which also in Lilongwe. Both incredibly beautiful places I would recommend anyone to check out when in Malawi or if you are already living in Malawi. I digress, here are the lessons I’ve learnt from working with Maria Thundu:
So whatever new ground you may be getting into, don’t let the anxiety and fear overwhelm you, just apply the same principle of being natural in your comfort zone to being natural in new situations. You’ll find yourself less worried and anxious and relaxed enough to get things done.
Sometimes, we plan for things and have the perfect picture in our minds of how we want things to be. But it doesn’t always work out that way. It’s in those cases, that stressing and throwing a tantrum won’t solve the problem, the best thing to do is go with the flow. Find a way to work around the obstacles or challenges, allow your plans to be flexible and adaptable to changes, that way you save yourself the stress and sour mood.
So, maybe no one ever told you how beautiful you look when you smile or appreciated your smile. You may feel like you look weird when you do, or that your teeth aren’t “perfect” or you feel ridiculous doing it. So, I’ll be that somebody “SMILE”. There are a billion things to smile about, not to mention how your face lights up and your energy turns positive when you do. Smile in pictures, smile at people, smile at yourself in the mirror, embrace and love your smile.
And it’s not a bad thing being an over achiever or thinker, you just have to strike a balance. Thankfully, I learnt the beauty of simplicity from Maria during our photoshoots and amidst our conversations.
Keep It Simple Stupid – K.I.S.S. So the next time you find yourself aiming for perfection, remember to keep it simple. I’m sure we can all agree that sometimes the most beautiful things in life are things that are simple and effortless.
Overall, I think Maria helped me to reconnect with the natural and simplistic aspect of myself. As we grow in life, occasionally we take on a lot of pressure from ourselves about who we want to be and we beat ourselves up when we don’t fulfil that ideal. So, remember to not complicate things and to keep it simple.