The Tables are Turned
For a lot of people, including myself, it’s tough being in front of the camera! If you are one of these people, you know what I mean. If you aren’t, well…consider yourself fortunate. Why do you think I take photos anyway?? 🙂 Whenever a camera is aimed at me, I make a ridiculous face. I stick out my tongue, I do anything to escape from revealing the “real me” to the camera and its operator. So, if you ask me to photograph you, I feel one of my very most important jobs is to make you feel comfortable in front of my camera, in front of me. Let’s be honest, if you are not comfortable and don’t trust me to be looking out for your very best interest, there is no way I will get great, relaxed shots of you that really, really represent who you are. And in the end, that is my biggest goal. I hope, if you ask my previous clients if they felt comfortable in front of my camera, they would say “yes!” Hopefully, they would even say they felt they could be themselves and that they had a great time shooting “to boot!”
So the other day, I was out shooting this cute, turquoise bicycle, and someone turned the tables and started photographing me and….well, let’s just say I cringed. But when he emailed me the images, I felt in all fairness, if I ask others to allow me to post and blog images I take of them, I guess I should have the …hmmm….guts to post a couple of myself.
So, Mark, thanks for taking these photos. It really has been a pleasure chatting with you about photography as we meet at sunrise, and on Broad St., and even over taking photos of a cute, turquoise bicycle. I’m sure we will meet many more times throughout the year as we do out best to capture life here in Bethel, Maine. Here are a couple “pull backs” from when I was out shooting the adorable turquoise bike leaning against the white picket fence. Its hard for me to post these images. Not because I don’t think they are great shots, they are. But because they feature moi. And then, of course, I had to turn the tables. 🙂 And, Mark, I won’t hold it against you that you shoot with a Nikon!
Friends…if you share with me before or during our session that its tough for you to be photographed, I get it, I understand!! And I will do everything within my power to make you feel comfortable and beautiful in front of my camera! Trust me!
P.S. Photographing a bicycle is so much harder than I ever thought it would be! Moral of the story, I’d love to have you ask me to photograph you, but please don’t ask me to photograph your bike without you!