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Too Good for The Likes of Us

“I just got the Company newsletter.” I say to my Supervisor. “Don’t you think it’s kind of funny that the Company’s Chairman is too good to have his portrait taken by a Company photographer?” “Yup.” He says with a sage nod. “It’s one of those things that makes you go hmmm.” The New Company sends […]

I Love Your Pictures

“That was a great portrait.” The Passer says. “Your lighting is magic.” “Thanks.” I say, thinking she is just one more Passer who has been told to flatter the Photographer. “No, I really mean it.” She says. “Your pictures are beautiful.” Over the past 16 years or so I have learned how to see the […]

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 […]

Shouldn’t We All Be On The Same Side?

“If they want it, they will buy anything.” The long time Passer says with a dismissive wave of his hand. “I only need two pictures and I can sell a package.” “But we’re supposed to be taking all these poses and changing the lighting and the body angels and the background.” I say as I […]

Thinking about a Meritocracy

“Why can’t I work the Shoot that is close to where I live?” One of the newbie Passers says at a Meeting. “We like to put our best people at our best Shoots.” The sober and stern sounding Boss says with a frim nod, daring anyone to challenge this common sense assertion. “So does that […]

Leading The Class is as Much Fun as Being in The Class

“I want you to give a couple of training classes to the other Photographers.” The Manager/Owner says as he leans back in his chair behind his big desk. “Share some of what you know and how you learned to take such good portraits.” “Ok.” I say. “What would you like me to tell them?” “Whatever […]

The More Things Change

“We’ve got a new set guidelines we want you to follow.” The Manger says with as much enthusiasm as he can muster. “Here are the details.” “Hmm.” I look over the list and I am already doing everything it suggests. “I am already do everything listed here.” “Well, you could do it better.” The world […]

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 […]

Working Within The Limits of Our Equipment

I’m in the Big Box Store and it’s about thirty minutes before opening time.  A woman looks around, spots me, and heads over. “Hi, I called the 800 Number and they told me you could work me in if I showed up before you opened.  There will be about twenty of us in the picture.” […]