Friday, September 21, 2007

Getting Back In The Groove........

Bobbie called me yesterday. She wanted to know if we could do a photo shoot soon. It seems she was talking to her "Pappa" and he asked her for a recent photo. Then she said, "Since you're the only one who takes good pictures of me I need to set something up." Gee, you can't get a better assessment than that! That got me to thinking. If I've done your wedding or family shots or photos of your children and you want to let everyone know how pleased you are with the results, send me an email with your comments. I think I'll include excerpts in the slideshows and maybe add a page to the website for customer comments. Even if you weren't pleased, let me know about that too. I'd like to do whatever I can to make sure your experience with BenjPhoto is a positive one.

Back to Bobbie....... I mentioned in the last post that I'm recovering from medical treatments right now, so I told her that I'd love to do the shoot but we'd have to put it off for at least a couple of weeks. Since there were too many variables affecting the length of treatment my calendar is wide open until well into October. Looks like Bobbie will be the first thing I schedule since the fashion session with Aubrey is a bit more taxing and will have to wait a few weeks longer.

I dug up a shot we did a couple of years ago with Bobbie. Looking at it I'm wondering how anybody could not take a great picture of this girl. Hey, as long as I'm the only one who can, I'm looking forward to feeling better so that we can go out and do something fresh for Bobbie's Pappa.......

Sunday, September 2, 2007

It's Been Awfully Quiet In Here

If anyone's been wondering why I haven't posted in awhile, I've been going through some medical treatments and haven't felt up to posting. In fact, I haven't been doing much photographically at all. Not even editing or working on albums. You can read about it on my family blog if you're inclined.

Yesterday though I dragged a chair out and my wife and son set up the lights and backdrops for a maternity shoot. I shot everything either lying down or sitting. Sitting was actually easier.

The shot above was the toughest as my muscles are too weak to hold my head up for very long. I'd take a shot and lay my head back down. Take a shot and lay my head back down. Kinda like being a sniper or something.

This is my oldest son and his wife. If it hadn't been for that and the nearness of the due date I doubt I would have taken this on. It wasn't too bad though. I normally stop frequently to let mom-to-be rest a bit, but yesterday we stopped much more frequently to let the photographer rest a bit.

This was a planned outage, so I hadn't taken on any additional weddings or other assignments for a couple of months, but that brings up a question brides may want to ask, and that is, "What if something happens and you aren't able to take the photos for my wedding?" The right answer would be that the photographer isn't just the Lone Ranger but belongs to a professional group and/or has developed partnerships or relationships with other photographers in the area who are capable of delivering great images.

As far as "great images" go, I haven't done much to these and they're pretty much right out of the camera. I'll do my usual editing as I feel better and replace these. But I felt well enough that I might take on a few small jobs (no location stuff though) as long as it can be done from a kitchen chair.