Tag Archives: smile

The Challenges of Training

“So were you planning on buying any portraits today?” I say as I wrap up my poorly memorized sales pitch.  Before they can answer my Trainer pushes me out of the way and takes over. “Hi.” She says with a huge smile.  “What sizes portraits do you normally share?  Is 8×10 big enough or would […]

Here, There, and Everywhere

“Thanks for letting me work in so many places.” I say to my Manager one day while calling in for supplies. “Any chance I could work in San Fransisco? Or maybe Seattle?” “We didn’t hire you to be a tourist.” The Manager says angrily. “We hired you to take portraits.” This was the same Manager […]

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 […]

Zen and The Assembly Line Portrait

“Wow, that was a good shot.” Dad says as I capture his two year old daughter smiling and clapping her hands. “She’s a cute kiddo.” I say and smile. I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance several years ago and I really liked it.  Might have something to do with my own mild […]

That’s a Joke, Son

“What do you call a dog with no legs?” I say as I try to get the couple to smile. “Unlucky.” The man says. “Doesn’t matter, he won’t come anyway.” I capture an image, but it is not really all that good. I’m kind of a minimalist portrait photographer-I spent only a few minutes with […]

I Don’t Take Compliments Well

“These are the best portraits I have ever seen.” The Dad said in stunned amazement. “Thanks.” I say and smile awkwardly “No. Really.  These are just great.” “Hey-with Talent like you-it’s easy.” I think to myself, Yes-maybe I should think about making a career out of this. I was at a Shoot recently where the […]

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 […]

It’s Always About You, Isn’t It?

“Oh, you did so good.” Mom said as she picked up her baby. “Thanks, I appreciate that.”  I say, a bit proud of myself, as I am just out of Training at the Big Box Store. “Tsk, I was talking to The Baby.” If the portraits are good, it’s all because of the subject.  If […]

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 […]

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.” […]