Contrary to popular belief, it is not easy to be a photographer. Sure, buying an expensive camera and lens and putting it in auto does make the possibility of producing a good photo here and there possible… but when you’re working with clients for a short period of time, it is crucial to get great images most of the time.
I’ve been working with one of my students, Marin (who has a blog! check it out!) since I first arrived in Varatic almost 2 years ago. He began taking photos with his cell phone, then enjoyed borrowing my camera when I would let him (lessons included), and now he has one of his own. So, the other day I was feeling really good about myself and I realized I needed to take some photos… not of someone else… but of me.
Being on the other side of the camera is something every photographer needs to do at least once a year. I forgot how uncomfortable it can be having your picture taken when not being silly with friends… and when you’re the only one! I’m really comfortable around Marin, but it still took me some time to warm up and become comfortable having a camera pointed at me.
This experience also reminded me that we are our own worst critic, and angles really are important.
I have a new Facebook page!