Tag Archives: portrait photographers

It’s A Major Award. . .

How many photographers does it take to screw in a light bulb? 100.  1 to screw in the light bulb and 99 to stand around and say: “I could have done that.” “It’s my honor to give you this Certificate that states you are a Superior  Photographer for The Company.” The Regional Manager says and […]

Stepping Back From The Ledge

“For now, everything remains the same.” My Manager says with a sigh of relief. “Yeah, when they bought us out it all stayed the same for about a year.” One of the Assembly Line Portrait Photographers at the meeting says. “Then we were all just employees of the New Company one day and the Old […]

Real Men Don’t Smile For Portraits

“Tilt your head to the left, Sir.” I say for the second or third time.  The man turns his head fractionally to the left. “OK.” I say and smile as I capture an image of the unsmiling man. “That’s good.” Just as some women are afraid of lifting weights because they think five minutes of […]

Hello, My Name Is Peggy

“Did you check that the cable is securely seated?” The slightly exasperated Service Tech says over the staticy connection. “Yes.” The Passer says. “Just like you asked me to check it ten minutes ago.” “We’ve gone through the entire Checklist.” The Service Tech says. “It should be working.” “It should be.” I say and sigh. […]

Get Your Head in The Game

“I took a couple of sets while you got your mind back on to why your here.” The other Assembly Line Portrait Photographer says when we were comparing how many sets we had shot and I found he was ahead of me. “Oh.” I say, shocked by both the idea that I am supposed to […]

I Worked With Karsh ~He Says

“And Ansel Adams, and I spent a bit of time with Avedon before he took himself so seriously.” The bald and slightly round Assembly Line Portrait Photographer says as he fiddles with the shutter of a Hasselblad. “Really?” I say, not believing a word of it. “Yes, really.” He says and gives me a level […]

Order. Design. Composition. Tone. Form. Symmetry. Balance.

“You see how I used the Rule of Thirds in this portrait?” I say to the Trainee as I point out how the Subject’s face is under the upper left intersection of where the four grid lines on the monitor cross. “Yeah.” He says doubtfully.   “And that’s good?  Shouldn’t it be centered?” “If we […]

Seeing and Capturing

“Don’t you like this portrait?” The Manager says as I set one of the wallet sized portraits to one side. “This is a really good portrait, if you don’t like it we might have problems.” “It’s a duplicate pose.” I say as I sort through the stack of a couple of hundred portraits. “I already […]

I Like Backgrounds

“You know, you could take all the portraits shot in the district in the last six months and throw them on the floor.” I say as I look at some of my portraits over The Passer’s shoulder. “And I wouldn’t be able to pick mine out.  We all do the same poses.” “Look at that […]

Oh Be Nice!

“Are you ready to take pictures yet?” The eager little old lady says with a bright smile. “If your ready, you can take my picture.” “I’m not ready yet, Ma’am.” I say as I wheel my cart filled with black boxes into the future camera room. “I’ll be ready in about an hour and half […]