Lately, I've had to do lots of begging in order to get subjects to sit in front of my camera. Who'd think that it'd be this hard to get people to show up for FREE PHOTOS? When I browse Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, it seems that over half of the photos I see are "selfies". Here I am eating. Here I am driving. Here I am making a "duck-face". With all of these people taking photos of themselves, I figured that there would have to be at least a few folks willing to let me snap a few photos of them. I've not found this to be the case. Maybe it's the thought of turning control over to someone else. Or maybe, deep down, these people are really more self-conscious than I'm giving them credit for. Anyway, I always try to make my models look good, feel comfortable, and I'd never post a photo without your permission. If you look bad, I look bad.
One of our family friends, Angela, was nice enough to bring her lovely daughter, Ruby, over to have some photos taken. Angela knows that I want to hone my portrait/headshot skills, and I'm so thankful that she and Ruby were willing to give me an hour of their time.
Angela brought a great bag of outfits*, and even some props to make the session a bit more fun. After about five minutes of shy-time, Ruby really opened up, and literally took control of the shoot. She knew what outfits she wanted to wear, what props she wanted to use, and what poses she was willing to do. She even kept a running count of the number of photos I was taking of each pose (Time is money, I suppose).
This girl is not even five-years old yet, but she is going to be a star. I should definitely send a link to this blog to a few casting directors.
If you're wondering about the setup, it was very, very simple:
I hope that you've enjoyed seeing a few of the photos from yesterday's shoot with Ruby. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to set up something for yourself.
* My sincere apologies to Angela for "forgetting" to take photos of Ruby in her Pittsbugh Steelers hat. It was an honest mistake ;)