Sunday, March 30, 2008

My TOUGHEST Customer


That would be me, of course!

When the other photogs and I were demo-ing in the studio the other night, we all agreed that we don't especially like getting our photo taken!! I think it's extra hard for photographers to be "subjects", because we KNOW exactly what the photographer hopes to get, and we probably worry too much and don't relax enough. I am no exception. In fact, I'm extremely shy in front of the camera and pretty much have one big smile and that's it. I get embarassed! An excellent photograph reveals your inner self, it shows something, and unless you get comfortable, it's hard to get there, which is why I'm the toughest one to please.

So, with this (and an future ad campaign) in mind, I choose one of the people I feel completely comfortable in front of, my close friend Hannah, to shoot some headshots.


Hannah is a massage therapist and has a naturally good eye. She's assisted me at weddings, she's modeled for me tons of times, and did I mention she gives a killer massage? So I hooked her up with the best settings and equipment, a trusting subject (me), and her eye and energy.
Look what she captured!

I like this one, but do you know that famous picture of a "bigfoot" walking? This totally reminds me of bigfoot. This is my bigfoot impersonation...
Hannah thinks this is a total nostril shot, but I think it's a great snow eating shot!


What I learned is that the photographer has a lot of control over making the subject comfortable, but not ALL the control! That's why it's soooo special to find a photographer who feels like a friend, and why we photographers love clients that trust us like a friend, too...

8 comments:

Amanda Mays said...

I love the black and white one! I think we all struggle a little with being on the other end of the lens. Yet we all want nice pictures of yourselves! Next time I model in the studio I will be a like more open in order to get some good shot's of myself ;)

christy pelland said...

that bw looks great - super glam!

One Love Photo said...

You look beautiful in these! Your energy shines through!

Misty said...

I LOVE these new shots of you! Absolutely stunning!! Hannah did a fabulous job. =)

Sara Montgomery said...

These photos are great! It looks like you had a ton of fun... good for you to be able to relax in front of the camera... I have yet to learn that skill! Thanks again for all of your help and advice lately!

Sara Montgomery said...

These photos are great! I am glad you were able to relax in front of the camera... I have yet to learn that skill. Thanks again for all of your help and advice lately!

Carol said...

What a great idea! I especially love the black and white shot. These are just beautiful, Hannah has a great eye!

maggiemcdonaldphotography said...

LOVE the first one. You look fab!