I will do nothing short of anything for a picture.

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We’ve talked about how I essentially have a crush on everyone. No, really. I don’t know how many times I can say this: I want to take pictures of everyone. Let’s talk about this couple in that photo with me. I was walking around downtown with my new friend Patrice and we had walked past them a few times. When we got to this point, they had just asked some lady to take a photo of them with their phone. Psh.

Without any reservations, I walked up to them and explained that Patrice and I were trying to work on posing and I was a photographer from California. (I don’t even know if that means anything. I feel like that’s like saying “yeah I totally understand why you’re being such a twat this month, I’m a Taurus, it makes total sense to me.” Whatever, sometimes it sells people.)

I gave them my usual instruction, any of you can ask my couples what that’s like. Praise Jesus for my absolute lack of reserve when it comes to talking to people with my camera in hand. I know I’m normally kinda weird, okay a lot weird, but it comes out in an extra special flavor when I’m trying to get people to have a moment and forget I’m holding a camera.

In about five minutes I took the next eight photos. The girl was in a giggle fit the ENTIRE time, and kept telling me she was “so awkward” … I’m sorry, but do you see anything awkward happening here? Nope. I don’t. All I see is cuteness. Which is what I kept telling her, but she didn’t exactly believe it until I held up my camera and showed her what I had just done.

I’ll give her some credit: there’s a BIG risk you take when you hear someone with a “nice camera” say “I’m a photographer” because we all know that’s not exactly always completely true. I’ll admit that I am the sketchiest person when it comes to getting my picture taken. I’m way too controlling, sometimes. Okay, all the time. Bless the likes of Corey Morgan and Kristin Smetona for shutting that down when they have their cameras up.

Here’s the moral of the story: if you think you’re awkward in front of a camera, it’s because you’re picking photographers who aren’t prepared to capture you at your core. This particular situation was a bit out of the ordinary for me, but all the same, I’m going to go on the record and say that 100% of anyone who has been in front of my camera has claimed to be “so awkward” and has been proven 50 shades of wrong. With the exception of Tyler because he’s a camera whore.

Trust me: awkward works. Start owning it.

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