Monday is “education day” in the studio. Whether that means I’m curled up on the couch watching webinars, reading tech/business/photography books or actively testing out limits of my new gear, it’s my designated day to spend a giant chunk of time learning. On this brisk April morning, I took education to a whole new level. I volunteered Jason and I to be on the other side of the lens. We modeled as an “engaged couple” for a group of amazing Boston wedding photographers at Massachusetts Horticultural Society – Elm Bank (Note: The rocks on my finger are faux. No engagement announcement, yet!) I learned more in these few hours than I would have if I had a camera in my hand! It was SUCH a great experience. Putting myself in the shoes of my clients and really understanding how it feels to be photographed with a significant other offers a myriad of feelings – awkward, weird, gushy… but all in all, it was wicked fun. 🙂 There were definitely some moments that I felt connected and some that I had no idea what was going on. Here are a handful of things that I learned. My thoughts: Professional styling: Amanda and Meghan made me feel beautiful. I do my makeup all the time, but there’s something to be said about a professional pampering you. I believe that there’s a definite difference between “photoshoot makeup” and day-to-day makeup. These professionals know everything from how to accentuate your best features and how to be attentive to the little things (ie: eyelashes, blemishes, skin shiny-ness, etc.) 🙂 If I were to ever be photographed professionally again, I absolutely would invest in makeup and hair and highly recommend it to ANYONE having their photograph taken. Direction/Movement: I don’t think the average human being feels comfortable posing in front of a camera. The fear of looking horrible is so prevalent that many are actually “terrified” of being photographed! There were definite moments where I heard, “Can you hold her and interact?” Wait… what? Interact how? Hold me how? Oh dear – *awkward turtle*. Sometimes we were left in poses with blank stares on our faces. Our eyes would dart around, to and from each other, and all of the sudden, sitting/standing next to someone became incredibly awkward. I definitely loved being told what to do, what to think, how to look. I especially liked it when photographers told jokes, made me laugh, made conversation, and gave me feedback. 🙂 The images that make me smile: I like traditional portraiture. There’s something to be said about a clean image with two people looking at the camera smiling. However, I am FAR MORE excited about the images of Jason and I that I didn’t expect – the ones that really define our relationship.
Photo by Deborah Zoe There were about ~20 photographers that day!Photo by Deborah Zoe Photo by Deborah Zoe Photo by Deborah Zoe Photo by Deborah Zoe Photo by Deborah Zoe Photo by Jenn Liang Photo by Kimberly Jones Photo by Maureen Cotton Did we really do this in public? 🙂 Thanks so much, Maureen! Photo by Deborah Zoe (taken by Jason Loeb)