Sigh. Yep, this entry starts with a sigh. It happened. One of the worst things that could happen to a photographer happened. My hard drive crashed. Oodles and oodles of pictures that I hadn’t gotten around to backing up… gone. I’m not going lie, there were some sad little moments that involved tears, the many stages of grief, and definitely copious amounts of candy to help me through this sad, sad time in my life. However, things started to look up when I realized I have some IT-savy friends who took pity on me and helped me save my beloved memories. To say recovering “lost” files is a long process would be a great understatement. While not all files made it, I believe most were saved. While I’m happy that I got my files back, I’m also kind of happy this whole scary ordeal happened. (I mean, everything is a life lesson if we allow it to be, right?) I learned quite a few things from almost losing my work:
Back up regularly.
I know. This is the biggest no-brainer of all time. However, it’s so easy to get lazy and think things will be fine until “next time.” I’m not great with “next time.”
Candy saves lives.
Seriously, candy just makes me happy. Sugary candy. Not that chocolate stuff. My teeth (and dentist) probably hate me, but my inner seven-year-old is the happiest camper when that sweet, sweet sugary goodness is in my system. No judging. (This also may not have been a lesson, per se.)
Okay, maaaaybe I panicked a little bit initially. However, things turned out okay in the end. All that time wasted worrying and chastising myself for not backing up my work (albeit warranted) was time I could have spent playing with my dog, or napping, or candy-eating.
Remembering the past.
One of the coolest things that happened because of this whole ordeal was having to re-organize my photos. The process in and of itself is in no way fun (at all), but it’s so much fun looking over old shoots and remembering details of the day. It also gave me a chance to look over pictures that I didn’t initially like (for whatever reason), but now love. Weird how that happens. I guess that like enjoying a food as an adult that you hated as a child. (Vegetables not included. I still hate those. My inner seven-year-old is strong.)
Be your own inspiration.
I’m always nervous before a shoot. At least a little. Always. I’m a bit of a worrier. However, I always go through my work and have at least a few images that make me feel like I’ve set my own bar for myself higher. That’s an awesome feeling and very reaffirming. Sometimes, it’s great to be your own motivator and push past your own boundaries.
Sharing is caring.
Sometimes I forget to share. Each shoot is so different, and so much work goes into the behind the scenes, I just forget to update everything. (Bad, Brianna.) However, the “likes”, “+1s”, “retweets”, “shares”, etc. feels wonderful. Not in a “I’m super cool because a billion people acknowledged my stuff” sort of way; but in an “awesome, I just connected with someone else” kind of way. It’s like a little cyber pat on the back. (And who doesn’t like a pat on the back?!)
Speaking of sharing… below are some couples that I got to photograph in 2012. Doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. Fun days. Awesome people. Great memories. =)
Debunking Some Misconceptions about Head Shots and Portraits
When you think about head shots, do you automatically think about actors or people in the performing arts? I’ll admit it, I did. Even after I realize that I needed one! However, with technology becoming more and more prevalent in just about every industry, it seems the need to have at least one “go-to” picture is also increasing. Posting a profile picture for Facebook is one thing. That image could be just as casual, wacky, and outlandish as you’d like for the day. On the other hand, sifting through saved photos of funny faces, group shots, and just less-than-professional attire or settings in order to find ONE photo for your profile picture for professional use can be daunting. Been there. In my opinion, once you’re of the age where you can legally work, you should have at least one head shot that can be used for any professional needs. (I feel the same way about email, by the way. You can keep your “firstname.lastname@example.org” that you’ve had since you were 12, but once you’re of resume-writing age, you better have another email that is boring and simple.)
Similarly, there is another idea attached to the word “portrait.” Portraits aren’t just for holiday photos and engagements. Similar to the idea of head shots, I think everyone should have a “go-to” portrait image of themselves for easy posting/printing/etc. Notice I didn’t say “hanging” or “framing” in that last sentence. While plenty of pictures are taken with the purpose of adorning a wall, desk, or table, far more pictures are how shared digitally. The beauty of that, of course, is that it’s the gift that keeps giving: you can share that image with anyone at any time and you aren’t limited to the image’s resting place on your wall, desk, or table.
Who Can Benefit from Head Shots and/or Portraits?
- Head shots and portraits are great for any web presence you may have (ie. your website, online communities, Facebook, etc.)
- Head shots and portraits add character and personality to any printed material (ie. brochures, business cards, etc.)
- Your head shot can add that special touch to your email signature
- Head shots are great for any academic uses that require a profile picture (ie, Edmodo or Google)
- Head shots and portraits are great for senior pictures
- Head shots and portraits are useful when a simple, professional image is needed (ie. social media)
You know that elated feeling you get when you buy a new outfit, or a brand new car, or the latest cell phone that you’ve been wanting? As though everything you had before that item was just blah, and now you’re living in color! That is until it becomes blah again. Well…websites can be like that.
Right now, this website is getting a bit of a make-over. =)
There are so many things that can be included in a website now to make things easier for reader! To say it can be a bit overwhelming is an understatement. Still, I want to make sure that things are PERFECT! That said, please bear with me while I make things “prettiful” again.