Archive for October 2008
This past weekend I got a taste of my own medicine. Rob, Grace and I went for our first family portrait. It was a fundraiser for Rob’s school and it was a cheap sitting fee for about 15 minutes of time in front of the camera. We’ve had the appointment for months and over the past couple weeks talked about what we’d be wearing. Of course when we did decided what to wear (the night before the sitting) we realized that Grace didn’t have anything that would match us.
In my infinite wisdom I knew that a shoot at the beach should be first thing in the morning to avoid the harsh light and wind that comes up. That’s what I tell my clients and ask of them when we talk about outdoor sessions. Our appointment was for 8:20 AM on Sunday morning. Rob was thrilled about waking up early on a Sunday. Come Sunday morning we still hadn’t decided what Grace was going to wear. We made it on time but needless to say we rolled up at 8:19 and were a bit frazzled. 15 minutes and 24 frames later we were done.
The previous week I shot three family portraits. Needless to say but we spent a bit more time together taking photos. My children and family portrait sessions are a different experience.
I met Matt a few months ago. He was friends with a model that I shot here at the studio. When we met he talked about an idea he had for his head shots. It was an homage to the type portraits shot in the 70s. We finally hooked up last week to shoot this and some traditional headshots. It’s meant as a joke and it’s meant to be funny. That’s the challenge with photography; how do I capture an image that will lead casting directors to look at the photo and think – this guy is funny. Hopefully he’ll book a lot of jobs using this shot.
This morning I had the pleasure of speaking to four “Careers” classes at El Segundo High School. We talked about my early photography, my education, degree in finance and former career as an analyst. I’ve come a long way.
A couple years ago while I was back in San Antonio for Christmas I scanned some of the first photos I shot. This was taken in the summer between 8th and 9th grade. I think the picture still stands. Considering the fact that I was 13 and using a manual Pentax camera my dad bought in Vietnam, I figure it’s pretty good.
I finished the edits of another maternity shoot I had last week. Anat came in to the studio with her husband.
A few weeks ago I was in line at Babies-R-Us in Torrance. They offer baby and maternity photo shoots at that location. I happened to be in the line closest to the photo studio which has glass walls so all the customers can see how great it is to have their picture taken. In the course of the eight to ten minutes I was in line I witnessed an entire maternity shoot. It was comprised of six different poses. That’s it. Six frames. They were all very well planned and I’m sure great shots, but can I get a warm-up? Can I shoot a few frames until I feel comfortable lifting up my shirt to show my belly while in a fish bowl next to a line of customers? Can someone please think enough about details to ask me to take the band aid off my belly button?
This week I had Leora into the studio. We shot some warm-ups, got comfortable, changed outfits a couple times, changed lighting set-ups and created an experience and images that will be appreciated for a lifetime.