One of the things that stressed me out week before last is that I was asked to take senior portrait shots for my nephew, Logan. I’ve never done portraits before, but I wanted to give it a try, so I said yes – and it was way harder than I thought!
When we first got started, Logan didn’t know what to do and I was little better. The whole thing felt pretty silly, to tell you the truth.
“Ok, umm…make a pose.”
“What, Aunt Michelle? Like…what do you want me to do?”
“I don’t know. Stand like you’re posing.”
“Stand like I’m posing?”
“I don’t really know what to tell you to do…” We were both laughing by this point, and I was certainly feeling foolish. Then something clicked in my memory from all the senior portraits I had Googled. “Okay, put your hands in your pockets… Now put all your weight on one leg… Not like that…”
I eventually got the hang of the pose directing part – sort of – but I was out of my league in every other way. The bright sunshine was a major hindrance, I don’t have the right camera equipment, I took too long to do every shot, I was nervous because I wanted to give him good pictures, etc., etc. And then I tried using Photoshop. For the first time. Ah, well…
Anyway, here are some of the shots that turned out okay – after I undid all of the Photoshop “corrections” that I made the first time around.