THEN AND NOW, 3 YEARS APART: COMING TO BE AND CHANGING MY HEADSHOT
I have never had a proper official headshot till this recent one.
Marindoti, Elle plenty. 🥰🥰🥰🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
U too fine chai
your profile pic is absolutely gorgeous and delicious! keep grinding! 🔥🔥👊🏿👊🏿
Idan gan gan 🚀
Fully Grown Beautiful Lady……May your heart be filled wt joy
I started my day on the note of these comments on different pages of mine because I recently changed my display picture. I just scrolled through, replied with a few comments I could afford on Twitter, liked on Facebook, and kept it moving after what I would call a scoff-like giggle. I was certain I wasn’t smiling or scoffing so much. My reaction was pretty much in the middle, just like my state of mind. I blame my erosion of emotion on old age (a topic for later, if I remember). I did not bother about my reaction; my mind was occupied with the work I had to deliver to those that hired me and the ones I needed to do for myself. I had at least four documents to deliver before COB, including song descriptions, proposal contents, and a press kit, so the comments faded from my mind immediately after I reacted to them.
Fast forward to later in the evening, when I was done with my hired work and spent the residue of time dedicated to putting together my content, and I thought to just share the “then and now” version of the new headshot on my WhatsApp status too. It was then that reality walked in on me. I wasn’t hit with it, so the effect wasn’t any form of shock or jump—it quietly strolled in on me, and I stopped everything I intended to do to pay more attention.
Now the story
I HAVE NEVER HAD A PROPER OFFICIAL HEADSHOT until this recent one. What I used to have were lifestyle and fashion photo shoots that turned into profile pictures, then stubbornly passed for a headshot.
The first ever shoot for my profile was 7 years ago when I launched my blog on a paid domain (www.saeedahwits.com). I had it stuck on all my profiles for 4 years before the most recent one, which lasted 3 years. That time, it was a fashion shoot not originally meant for my profile, but when the photos were released, I found them unconventionally fitting for my profile, and I went with it for years until I decided to shoot an actual headshot this year.
7 years ago
COMING TO BE: This whole headshot thing is making a story because of what and how much has changed from the first-ever shoot to the new one. I started as a passionate writer during my Uni. days, but I began to find my purpose and thought the niches I chose to blog about were final. I went from writing lifestyle blogs to interning at various renowned media houses as an entertainment blog writer to becoming a music publicist. And I can tell you that after this cycle of growth, this is not even permanent. I can bet I will be making this type of post in another entirely different position in years to come. I can’t or will not boast of a full grasp of my purpose yet, but I am equipped and prepared by God to become a greater version of who I am now.
THEN AND NOW, 3 YEARS APART: I went on unapologetically supplying my quirky fashion shot wherever a professional picture was required and looked away. (sope otilo) Gracefully, there had never been any need for me to change it until I decided to do so myself. Not long after the inception of this fashion-shoot-turned-headshot, I got my first-ever writing job in the music niche, and everything changed from there. Through experience, it became important for me to have a proper professional headshot to go with my brand. I will not bore you with how I evolved from my first press release writing position to this present one. It’s all out there for you to see.
3 years ago
This story of growth is very evident; between the previous picture and now, there has been a massive difference. I had this in mind when I first shared the “then and now” picture on Twitter, but I did not intend to be this elaborate. That was the truth that walked in on me to be shared. I could have easily waved it off or procrastinated, saying I would share later, but I am happy I got to do this now. The feeling of fulfilment is quite filling.
First image shot by: Mosope Stevens
Second image shot by: Sheezy Lion
Both outfits designed by: Mutteehat
I am not debating whether or not I look different; I am taking this minute to appreciate the beauty of my journey, even though I am hastened by the thoughts of what needs to be done.
I hope you enjoyed my story. Share yours with me too; I care to know.