You won’t believe how many times we’ve heard someone say “I just don’t take a good picture”. They aren’t talking about being a photographer, they’re expressing their concern about having their portrait done.
It breaks our hearts when we hear this because we know that they are judging themselves against all the images that we see EVERYWHERE – from movies, television and magazines to the internet. They truly believe everything they see is REAL. In fact, for most cases nothing could be further from the truth.
To show you what we mean – take a look at this one minute video to see a ‘real’ model’s transformation into a ‘super model’ look. There is a huge difference from the original ‘what you see’ to ‘what you get’ when all is said and done. Don’t miss the video below for a ‘reality check’ into the world of image manipulation gone wrong. Come back after you’ve seen the video to share your comments with us and hear the ‘happy ending’. Check it out here to see how you get……
Now don’t misunderstand us – we certainly use posing and lighting techniques, as well as digital enhancement on our portraits. Our goal is to ‘accentuate the positive’ in our clients images. Folks come to a qualified professional photographers like ourselves to guarantee that they will look their very best – but they also want to look like themselves.
So the happy ending here is that when somebody tells us ‘I just don’t take a good picture” – we reply that’s OK – because ‘we DO take good pictures and we guarantee you’ll be happy with your finished portrait”.
What are your thoughts about this transformation and what it says to all of us about our self-image. What do you want and expect from your professional photographer. Have you any stories to share about being totally thrilled or totally disappointed with portraits of yourself or your family. We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.