Photographers often hear, "wow, what great pictures, you must have a really good camera". In all honesty, it makes us cringe. People wouldn't go into a restaurant and tell the chef, "wow, what a great meal, you must have a really good stove!" Sure we have good gear, just like the chef has an expensive stove. But either of those tools in the hands of a novice won't produce the same results that we can. Just like a chef spends years learning exactly what flavors meld well together and hone their skills to produce a delicious meal, so do photographers spend years learning lighting, posing, and editing in order to perfect our craft so that we can create heirloom quality portraits that will last for generations. A great chef can make a Michelin star meal on a campfire and a great photographer can craft a masterpiece with a point & shoot. (But I'm not giving up my 5DMarkIII! LOL)
The tool used to execute the craft is just that a tool, one has to know how to use that tool in order to get the desired result. Just knowing how to use it though will only garner you average results. It is the master, the craftsman, the artist, after hours upon hours studying, who knows how to make the tools of their trade truly sing. Any child can wield a paint brush, but Van Gogh brought paint and canvas to life. Most of us know how to cook well enough to keep our families fed, and some do a pretty darn good job of it, but Gordon Ramsey can make your taste buds cry with joy. And you probably have hundreds of selfies in your phone right now, but I want to take the best photograph you've ever seen of yourself.
They say the camera adds 10 pounds... hold your cell phone out in front of you at eye level in a moderately lit room, look straight on into its camera, and click. Do you love that shot? Probably not. But let me put you in the right light and the best pose for your body type, and I can actually make you appear 10-20 pounds lighter before I ever even open Photoshop. Don't believe me? Take a look at the image below... yep, for those who don't already know, that's me. That photo was taken by me yesterday, I turned 50 a couple weeks ago and my family wanted to take me out to dinner to celebrate, this was just before we left to go out. How much would you guess I weigh in that picture? It's ok, you can be honest, I've never been what you'd call tiny and half a century on this planet has a way of shrouding one in a cloak of confidence, so an honest guess is not going to hurt my feelings, I promise. Full disclosure: I did a 'beauty edit' on my face which means I touched up a blemish or two, softened (but not deleted) a few "worry lines", brightened my eyes a little so they would sparkle for you, oh, and there was a gnarly green cast on the left side of my beautiful red hair, I touched that up too, but I did not alter the shape of my face or my body in any way. Would it surprise you to learn that I weigh over 200 pounds? And that's just a selfie! Imagine what I can do for a full session! #noshameinmygame #justanumber And no, I don't carry all my weight in my bottom half, I'm actually rather top heavy (as those who know me can attest) and quite proportionate. But that's also what I look like, not bad for 50, huh? I'm in shape, you know, #roundisashape! LOL
All that to say, the next time you see a great photograph, credit the artist, not the appliance. And, for all those who silently whispered to yourself, "me too" when I divulged my weight, if you want to look great in your photographs too, call me!
I got you, sister! ;)
your #fiercelyfeminine photographer,Tammy