Remember that guy who said he’d never photograph people?
Well we had to fire him.
Turns out he(okay, it was me) didn’t know what I was missing and just how much fun photographing people can be. Not to mention the challenge of stepping WAAAY outside of my normal comfort zone and photographing a subject that talks back!
Let me tell you, landscapes are easy when compared to photographing people. I don’t need to know anything about posing, the light I’m given by the sun is, like it or not, the light I have to work with. And if I botch a photograph of a waterfall that waterfall isn’t going to judge.
But those challenges have also been the unexpected fun of it all.
My first engagement session was a lot of “fun.” And by “fun” I mean I was a nervous wreck. Being paid by someone to take photos of them, the whole time trying to capture the love they share, adds a whole new meaning the the term “performance anxiety!”
By the end of the session I was much more at ease than when things started out, with both myself and my very patient clients being quite happy with the photos.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
Getting my lovely wife in front of the camera was a tough sell, but she finally caved in.
I’ve been reading everything I can and watching pretty much any video I can find on using off camera lighting, but all that knowledge was useless without being able to put it to the test on a real person. Thanks, Sweety!
All in all I think I just might be getting the hang of this whole people thing.
And for those of you wondering what the heck is going on around here, where are those beautiful landscape photos? I’ll leave you with this, just so you know I haven’t completely lost my photographic mind! 😉