I’m going to out myself and you may or may not be surprised at this revelation.
I am a Photographer who Hates to be Photographed. My mentor, Master of Headshot Photography, Peter Hurley, refers to this condition as "PAS" or "Picture Avoidance Syndrome."
And I have it bad.
Despite the seriousness of my case, these days I put myself in front of my camera more and more. When ideas about lighting pop into my head I’m often without a human model to test them on. So I set up my camera and lights and grab my wireless remote. Then I submit myself to the same directions and commands that I use with everyone who sits in front of my camera. (Yes, I actually say this out loud.) “Push your face out towards the camera. More. No really, more. Drop your chin a touch. Now raise it a tiny bit. Stop looking so miserable.”
Trying to get a reasonable and genuine expression when you are taking a selfie with no one else in the room is challenging. After taking shot after shot and realizing that I looked less than sincere in most of them, I resort to listening to YouTube videos of comedians in order to get something close to a reasonable smile.
And now I have to publicly and sincerely apologize. Because what I ask of you when you come to me and step in front of my lens is hard work. It feels completely awkward. Uncomfortable even. I know because this because I subject myself to the same process when I’m testing my lights and getting ready for a shoot. I do it this way because it works. It works to get you the look you want in the images I take for you.
I hope this makes you feel better about stepping in front of my camera. It is much easier for me to help you look your best in your images than it is for me to get a decent selfie. For one thing, you and I develop a connection during our photo session. The smile you give me and your look of confidence is a result of how well we connect.
My goal when I get you to step in front of my camera is to make you feel good about yourself and the images we make together. I hope you consider letting me work with you to produce images you will feel proud of sharing and posting — on Facebook, LinkedIn, Tinder or just to print up and send to your Mom.
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s set up a time for you to come in and get a new image you can use for 2018.