On Sunday I took pictures for the first time in exchange for something! My mom owns a business called The Healing Tree which does Massage Therapy and Acupuncture, and their website was in serious need of some new photos of their practitioners. In return, I would receive a 60 minute massage. Hoorah!
I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I was taking pictures of 9 women and one man, and what I have now learned is that taking a picture of a woman that they like is impossible. I never took a picture that they were happy with. Every time I would take a picture and show it to them they would give me a look like they were silently asking me, “are you serious?”
So it was a relief when Kate, who is one of the Massage Therapists, took it easy and made this face. I don’t even think she asked to see her pictures, which was nice because all the other women made me feel like I had no idea what I was doing. But when I went through the pictures later they came out pretty well. And the saving grace was the picture of my Mom. She looks like someone who I would want a massage from!
So this whole thing was a really good lesson on two levels. Not only did I learn that taking portraits is tough (especially of women), but when someone is actually needing the final product in exchange for something it makes taking pictures SO MUCH HARDER!