"I'm going to break your camera."
"I already don't like you."
"I hate this already"
"Do I really have to do this?"
"I have two bad sides.."
These are all things I've heard before I do someone's headshots. I'll take the photos, oh I don't know, 10 or 20 or 30 photos, all while talking to whoever is in front of me. Why am I talking to them? To relax them. To get their normal, relaxed, happy face on the camera. Sometimes after taking these first photos, I show them on the computer, and we start all over.
A headshot is supposed to tell the world who you are. And you are NOT that person with a frozen, toothy, fake smile on your face. I promise.
So, we chat. Married? Got kids? How about grand kids? What do you do for for fun? Sometimes we talk about shoes or purses.. everyone is different. Everyone has a trigger that will make them not only smile, but make their eyes shine and their face flush a tiny bit.
That's my job. To find you. To photograph you.
Today I got lucky. Today I took a photo of an adorable girl here in my new office, at my new day job. I work now for The Miller Team Realtors, in Northville. Anyway, Rachel was actually excited to do this. So I set up my Set, and we have a Great big, well windowed room here at the office, and I decided that the light was juuuuust right to try to do a north facing, natural light headshot.
I set it all up on my camera.
I went and got Rachel and told her I was ready.
We went to the Set, I told her where to stand, and in a flash of FUN and Sass, she "struck a pose" for me. I don't know how else to describe it.
I took the photo. Of course.
I looked at the camera, and thought "damn.. that's really great..."
I show her, and she says "perfect".
So, instead of 20 photos, talking about fun or inappropriate things with my subject.. I took ONE photo. And it was a winner. A hole in one.
Did you know that Amy Claeys Photography does Environmental Headshots for you and your company? These lovely ladies had their photos done in downtown Birmingham, Michigan. Where would you like yours done?
Jen and Trish finally got to tie the knot. They opted for a very small ceremony, with their closest family, in one of their favorite places, Heritage Park in Taylor. I was completely honored to be asked to be a part of their day.
The first time I went to Jason and Stephen's wedding, I was a new mom and had only just gotten my first digital camera. It was a long, long time ago. Since then many, many things have changed.
I will share a story with you. The day SCOTUS came down with their ruling on gay marriage, Stephen went straight to the florist and got a dozen roses. He drove immediately to Changez Salon, where Jason was working, and proposed... again. Honest to God, as I type this my eyes are welling up.
Now, J and Steph could have run straight to the courthouse to make things LEGAL, but they didn't. Instead they had a chat with Jason's parents, Anne and Mike, and opted to share their day. Jason and Stephen said their LEGAL wedding vows, and Anne and Mike renewed their wedding vows on Anne and Mike's 45th wedding anniversary. The exact day in fact.
To top off this amazing evening, the Eisenhower Dance company performed to help celebrate this union.
Kristina is a member of my photo group Royal Oak Photography She called me to take senior photos of her step son Daniel. Daniel is a Groves High School, and he's absolutely adorable. We had a bit of fun taking his senior photos in Downtown Birmingham. Without further adieu..