Two of my best friends from Maryland - Bonnie and Kat - came to visit me two weeks ago, and I took advantage of my comfort with them to try my first portrait photo shoot. Today was the first chance I had to upload my pictures to my computer and I've got to say that I was incredibly disappointed with the results. I don't mean to make excuses, but I'm really hoping that the poor quality of the shots wasn't due to my lack of camera skills. I have bad vision, and I don't wear my glasses when I'm taking pictures. When I do wear them, my eye can't get close enough to the viewfinder, so I take them off. As I was looking through my pictures tonight - consisting of EVERYTHING I had shot over the past 2 months - only about 10 of them were in focus. Out of over 100. Sadly, I only wish I was exaggerating. So then, this "photo shoot" that I thought went so well really sucked.
First, I felt like this was a "sign" that I am not cut out to be a professional photographer. Then, Clark said some nice things and I decided that before I throw in the towel, maybe I should consider that maybe it's not that I'm not supposed to be a photographer. Maybe it's just that I'm not supposed to wear glasses. Maybe, just maybe, I should grow up and give contacts another shot (it didn't go so well in high school). So next weekend, I'm going to go to the optometrist and see what I can do. Oh, to not have to wear glasses....what a dream that would be.
I was able to salvage the few pictures that happened to be in focus. If you hate them, please don't tell me. I know they're not the greatest, but I did try. And to be fair to myself, I suppose these few aren't too shabby. It helps that my friends are gorgeous and I didn't have to worry about my subjects at all.
So without further ado, here's my work:
Peanut wanted in on the portrait action
Kat took this one and it's a bit out of focus, but it's just fun...it says a lot about my friendship with Bonnie.
I did learn some stuff, and that was the goal of doing the shoot in the first place. So on the bright side, success! On the realistic side: fail. Well, 90% of the time. :)