Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Photographer Me

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?


  1. Oh yeah. Stuff like changing my oil and fixing something around the house. It's always better to let a professional do stuff like that. I just make a bigger mess.

  2. I'm with Elana. I tried to change my oil one time and it backfired BIG TIME. Let's just say hole in something and who knows why the hell I was using a crowbar to prop pieces of the car up.

  3. I did all my own wedding flowers. Saved a few thousand dollars (no joke). I did a lot of research and they turned out awesome and it was super fun.

  4. lol- too funny! I cut and color my own hair and do my own manicures.

  5. So when my husband and I bought our first house, we had the option of paying the builder extra to stain our stair posts (just the pickets and railing, as the steps were carpeted) darker for $800.

    No way, I thought. I'm not spending $800 so some dude can slap on some stain on a few pickets. I'll do it myself. So the house was built with unstained stair pickets. Which looked awful. I had to stain them right away. Guess how long it it took?

    THREE 8-hour days! At the end, I had a sore back, was nauseous from the fumes, and I was exhausted because I did it right after we moved in. And I still missed a few spots!

    I'll never cheap out on something like that again!

  6. I'm sorry, is it bad that that picture made me laugh really loud?

    I have a 50/50 success rate with doing things myself. I'm too impatient and usually botch things.