Tag Archives: props

Giving Directions and Taking My Time

“You’re not taking enough time with these people.” The Passer says as she looks at the stack of three tickets waiting for her to pick up. “They’re all Singles.” I say and shrug. “What am I am supposed to do with them?” “Take more time.” She says as she snatches up a ticket and storms […]

Old Dogs and New

“You need to turn her a little more to the left.” I say in a stage whisper to my Trainee. “Oh. Uh, rotate to the left a little more.” The Trainee says and watches the woman rotate her body.  “That’s good.” “The angle’s good.” I say. “Take the exposure.” Flash! The Trainee trips the camera […]

Danger Will Robinson

“This light-head is broken.” My fellow Assembly Line Portrait photographer says as she pulled down a light with a burnt out bulb. “I need to replace this bulb.” “Ok.” I say as I look around in the small storeroom for a spare bulb. Before I can find one, the other Photographer grabs the burnt out […]

The Size of Their Toys

“What kind of a camera is that?” The Man says as he squints to read around the cowling that surrounds my camera. “An Olympus-something or another.” I say as I adjust the lights. “It’s a five megapixel digital camera.” “That’s kind of small these days, isn’t it?” “Well, we’re not using these images to cover […]

Assembly Line Portraits Backgrounds

“Can we have the background of The Beach at Sunset?” Dad says with a laugh. “Or maybe up in the mountains somewhere?” “Nah.” I say as I change the Blue Old Masters Background to a solid black background. “I think what you really need is the one with the Bookshelves.” Most of the Assembly Line […]

Meetings

“This is a Camera” The District Manager pointed as he walked around the sample studio.  “This is a background.  The Subject sits between The Camera and The Background.” Assemble Line Portrait companies, like all corporations, love meetings.  They love to bring out New Ideas.  They love to talk about Teams and Synergy and Customer Service.  […]

Kiddos

“Go away.” The little girl says as I move in close to her and rearrange the props and background. “We’re just going to turn you the other way now.” I say as I lean down to the two year olds level. “Go away.” She says as I move her. “Go away.” Kiddos are the best […]

Individuality

“This is the same pose we had last time.” The husband complains as I set them up for the Directory Shot. “Yes it is.” I say with a smile. “And it is likely the same pose you’ll get the next time.” “Why can’t we do something different?” “What did you have in mind?” “I don’t […]

The Bait and Switch

“I know what your doing.” The Man says as he sits to have his portrait taken. “Your going to try and sell me something.” “Well, our business is selling portraits.” I say with a smile. “Yeah, but that’s not what you told me to get me in here.  You said I was here to have […]