Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Photo.....piphany?

Just before Thanksgiving a good friend asked me to take pictures of her family for their Christmas card. Moi? Truly, I was flattered. And sort of nervous. I DO love to take pictures. SOMETIMES I think I have an eye for a good shot. Other times I am just reminded of how very little I really do KNOW about the subject. I want my pictures to look like this. I want to have cool editing software like this. My photo reality is somewhat less spectacular. Still I enjoyed the process and think it's the kind of thing I'd like to figure out how to do more of. I learned that I

1. find it pretty easy to take pictures of kids, but not as easy as inanimate objects. ;-)
2. find I am not good at giving directions to my subjects. Something I maybe should have thought more about before tackling a photo session with 4 people and 3 dogs. I am used to being the "just pretend I'm not here" photographer, not the "okay, everybody look at me" girl. Probably a "photo session" should have a nice AND COMFORTABLE balance of both.
3. should just take MORE pictures, instead of waiting sometimes. It's digital. What's my problem?
4. still feel happy even if only a handful turned out in a way that makes ME feel good, but wouldn't feel the same way if I were charging a photographer's fee.
5. Can't wait to get their Christmas card.









So, no photog business plans any time soon, but I'm happy to practice on my family and friends...

9 comments:

Melissa Crowe said...

I think they're wonderful. I also think a digital photography class would be a wonderful way for a mom to get some time to herself... just sayin'.

Baby By The Sea said...

Wonderful pictures. That sweet family must have been very happy with the pictures. Isn't it an honor to stand behind a lens and photograph someone?

Jen said...

I think the first two, and the last one are especially good!

Kath said...

Great job Liss!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

They Are Wonderful! I also think the 4th one will be very special to the boy someday : )

Artfulife said...

I think they look amazing. Could you come & take ours? I can pay in cookies & good conversation ;)

Susannah said...

they are wonderful - great job!

Jill said...

You are a true artist Lis!!

UK lass in US said...

I especially love that last one!