I thought we'd have a little fun today! I know most people, myself included, want their pictures to be perfect the first time, every time. But that's not realistic. Life's not perfect - there are bumps in the road, "grin and bear it" situations, and moments when we're just done. Many times, photo sessions have those same moments. As a photographer, we have 2 choices: 1 - get annoyed and risk making the situation worse or 2 - roll with it, take the shot anyway because it's great to laugh at later, and know that moods can change on a dime.
So, in that spirit, below you'll find a collection of some of my favorite "take the shot anyway" moments. They're good for a laugh, and in some cases, they remind me of how far I've come since starting my business.
Babies - some of my favorite subjects to shoot and definitely some of the BEST sources of photo shoot outtakes there is! There will be tears, there will be bodily fluids, and there will be some crazy expressions.
Working our way up from babies, we have toddlers and young children. Many times they're even less predictable than infants. If nothing else, their melt downs are more dramatic!
There are two types of photographers - photographers who LOVE photographing teenagers and photographers who HATE photographing teenagers. I'm in the 1st group, and they usually leave their session convinced I'm a complete dork. It's by being my dorky, silly, jokey self that gets those great candid smiles mom's looking for! And that look - you know the look - I get it too! Check it out!
Sessions with pets can lead to some GREAT outtakes as well! In this one, the dog yawned just as I took the shot. I kept it because it looks like it's about to eat its owner's face off. Don't worry, Stella (the dog) was actually awesome!
I'll finish this post with pictures of my own family! These are from a session I did 2 Easters ago in an attempt to get "one great shot" of my step daughters with their dad.
This is real life. Embrace it!
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, ponytail sporting, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.