For some strange reason I decided to undertake the job of taking my daughter's senior pictures. Trying to save money, I guess. That and the leading photographer in this two horse town... well, he takes awesome pictures, but I don't like him on principle. (Long and boring story there. Suffice it to say, he's a butthead.)
If you've been around here enough, you know I like to take pictures. And I'm not so bad at it, if I do say so myself. Here's the thing. Taking portraits is a totally different animal from taking nature shots. Totally. And while I can blame some of the crap shots on not being as familiar with my Nikon as I should be, the rest of the blunders are on me.
Like this one...
Okay, so I told her to make a goofy face - just for kicks - but the blur? That's on me.
I've flattened the top of her head, turned her pink, caught her in a pic worthy only of a mugshot, but most of my gaffs are just blur. Holding a camera steady for longer than a few minutes is harder than one would think.
Still, I think I have a few good photos to print for actual Senior Pictures. The family members who replied to my email think so, too. (Although Mom insists that if I can't edit the strand of hair out of her favorite casual shot, I have to take more. And I will. Anything for my Mom. She's a goddess, after all.)
All in all, it's been an interesting and educational exercise. If I had it to do all over again? I might go back a year in time and fork over the money - regardless of how much of a dork that photographer is. Still, I'm glad I gave it a try.
Ever undertaken something you could've easily paid someone else to do? How'd it turn out for you?