cate crandell

The other side

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!


  1. Rick May 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm Permalink

    It is obvious he had a great instructor.

    1. Cathy May 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm Permalink

      I agree with your Dad!! Great pictures1

  2. Connie May 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm Permalink

    Love the shoes!

  3. Joshapalooza May 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm Permalink

    It looks like you used his photo for your homepage banner as well! He must be really proud (and you too).

    It can be hard to be behind the camera (unless you like it just as much as being in front), but I agree that we are our own worst critic.

    It’s hard to see yourself on camera sometimes.


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