Monthly Archives: April 2010

9 to 5 is a Song by Dolly Parton

“Hi, I’m supposed to be taking Portraits today.” I say and smile. “I just need to know where I need to setup.” “Oh. Well, we canceled that.” The Man says as he barely looks up from his desk. “Didn’t they tell you?” “No, no they didn’t.” I say and let a little sigh escape.  It’s […]

Popular Portraits and The Assembly Line Portrait

“I brought in this book to show you.”  The New Mom says as she flips open an Anne Geddes coffee table book with a photo of a sleeping baby balanced on top of a giant pumpkin.  “Can you take a portrait like this?” “Well, it’s possible.” I say as I look at the photo, “If […]

Tips on Assembly Line Portraits

“I want to be a Portrait Photographer when I grow up.” The smiling young woman told me as I posed her. “It’s not too late to change your mind.” I said with a smile. Portrait Photography is all about Rules-following them and knowing when to break them.  Like any other skill position, there are basics […]

What’s Our Mission Again?

Starbucks-Our mission: to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. Microsoft-At Microsoft, our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential. Google-Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Olan […]

Shut Up and Smile

“So. Are you from around here?” I say as I adjusted the background. “No.  I used to live up North.” The Man says and takes a deep breath. “We’ve lived here for about twenty years though.  We live just down the road.  That house with the big pecan tree in the front yard.  I planted […]

So Why Do You Still Do Assembly Line Portraits?

“Well, looks like you have a lot of experience in this field.” The Man says and then shrugs. “But I don’t pay too much attention to resumes.  I’ve got about 90 jobs on my resume.  I’ve worked everywhere you worked and many more places.” “Hmm.” I say and can think of at least two places […]

Snapshots and Portraits

“Do you mind if I take a picture of that pose with my phone?” Dad says as he runs around behind me and snaps a photo of the kids I have just posed. “Have a sit in the waiting area.” I say and stand in front of Dad as I shoo the kids out of […]

We’re Going to a Professional Photographer Later

“Don’t bother taking too many pictures, we’re having our portrait taken by a professional photographer later.” The Mother says as she herds in her perfectly dressed and groomed family. “I know it’s hard to believe, but they do pay me to do this.” I say as I pose them. “Well, you know what I mean, […]

Formal Portriats-That’s Soo 1890

“I don’t want any of unnatural poses.” The Old Man says as he sits own and turned his face directly into the camera. “I hate those sideways shots.” “You love mug shots then do you?” I say with a smile. “Because that’s the style of portrait you want.” I take a Mug Shot of the […]

I Hate This Job

“So, do you enjoy your work?” The Wife says as I bustle about arranging lights and backgrounds. “Most of the time it’s fun.” I say and smile my genuine fake smile. “You don’t seem too happy.” She says. “For crying out loud.” The Husband says. “It’s his job.  He’s here to work, not to have […]