I didn’t have access to internet last night so I’ll be posting twice today.
This past week, Adam and I got a crash course on what it’s like to have a fifteen-year-old son. We all had a great time but I’m glad we have at least sixteen/seventeen years to prepare before it’s our turn!!
Meanwhile, I’m going to be taking a few people’s head shots in the next month, so I need to get more practice in with my portraits. It’s funny, because I’m a very social person, totally comfortable in social situations – not really shy and actually pretty good at getting people to open up to me. I know those qualities will be extremely helpful in getting honest, true, intimate portraits. However, in my limited experience taking portraits of people, I find that I get really kind of uptight. I think it’s because I am thinking of myself as the photographer, and I’m not 100% comfortable in that role yet, so I get a little anxiety. Of course it’s the perfectionist side of me… worrying about taking the best pictures possible. But I started thinking of it differently this week in prepping for my next head shot assignment. I know I am capable of taking nice photographs of people. So, I think the most important thing for me to do is just be social and engaging first, before trying to be a photographer. I know the key is probably getting my subject to relax and open up. And when I don’t have a camera in my hand, I am very good at that. So, I think I just need to forget I have the camera in my hand and approach it like I would any social interaction. Next Thursday I am taking shots for my friend Jess. I have known her since birth – so she’ll be a good person to practice with!