A Lesson in Taking Portraits

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!

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One response to “A Lesson in Taking Portraits

  1. well, hopefully this will help…..it was actually a 90 min massage that you were doing the shoot for!! Also, Turkey Trot photo’s from last year – the beginning of this photo venture are on the visitdelray web site!!

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