A Lesson From the Other Side

There is comfort in numbers…that is, when you are getting your picture taken.  I think most people would agree that they are much more comfortable in front of the camera when there are other people in the picture with them.  This is what I have discovered anyway.  

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My husband and I are in the process of designing a new website for jclaytor photography, so we decided to get some headshots of us last night.  I haven’t gotten pictures taken of myself since my wedding day, so as soon as I was by myself I was completely self-conscious and awkward.

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I needed direction and in the pictures above I was getting it from my 3 year old daughter.  

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While doing weird things works for her and still produces a cute picture, I can’t say the same thing for a 30 year old woman.  (Gulp, I can’t believe I am that woman I am typing about.)  I needed to be warmed up to the process, to be told what to do with my hands, to be affirmed that I looked ok.  Once my husband started encouraging me, I became a little more comfortable.  Because, as you could tell by those first three pictures of me, I did not even want to look at the camera.  

For the first time since starting this business, I felt what some of my clients may feel when getting in front of the camera.  This was a HUGE lesson for me. Just by looking at a couple pictures on the back of the camera I saw that I did not look like a complete weirdo and I had a little more confidence to continue on.  While I don’t believe in showing my clients all the raw pictures in camera, I think it is ok to show them a couple so they are excited about what they are doing.  

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Side note: for those photography students out there, always check the back of the camera. By doing this you see what might needs to be fixed, such as necklace chains or articles of clothing sticking out…as you will notice in some of the pictures above.  It definitely was a good reminder for me! 

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In the following pictures I learned that sometimes what a photographer asks you to do may feel awkward.  I was slightly uncomfortable in the pictures below and was sure that what my husband was asking me to do would look stupid.  Sorry for not trusting you, honey!  I think they actually turned out pretty great and overall it was a fun experience.

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Some of you may be thinking, why is she even posting this?  Well, I just wanted you to know that I do know how you feel and that if I learned anything from this little session its that I want my clients to feel as comfortable as possible when in front of the camera, so that I can capture the essence of who you really are.  This is a goal of mine that I will strive to get better at all the time. And for those of you high school students I know who are photography enthusiasts…get in front of the camera.  You will be surprised at what you learn:)

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