Monday, May 28, 2012

Babysitting (and some advice for photographers)

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A little message to photographers-
near and far.
If you are shooting people and you are finding yourself saying things like:
"Oh, I wish the couple looked better."
or
"The baby isn't very cute."
or 
"What an unattractive family."
You need to stop.
Seriously.
Stop being a jerk.
People are beautiful and special.  
People are beautiful even when they don't look like models in GQ.
People are beautiful even when they don't follow your style board ideas and they shop at a garage sale instead of the mall.
People are beautiful because God made each and every person special and unique.
Stop judging.
Start being thankful for your opportunity to photograph humanity.
Start shooting with an open heart and an open mind and you will find beauty.

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47 comments:

Pam D said...

It blows my mind that anyone would even say that. Yes, there are some folks that are just so photogenic that your camera does a happy dance in your hands when it realizes that it gets to take their picture. But EVERYONE is beautiful in their own way. It's YOUR job as a photographer to bring out that beauty for the world to see. It starts in the eyes... if you can truly make them comfortable and get them to smile all the way through their eyes, you WILL get some amazing shots. I know a photog who does that really well. I think her name is Becky....

Christina said...

You are a champion...truly. Love those babysitting shots, too.

April Vernon said...

So, so true! I used to have a cat with the same markings! Even a little white spot by his mouth!!

Skeller said...

Amen & AMEN! preach it, sister!!!

tinajo said...

I´m surprised people would even say or think that, but maybe I shouldn´t be.

Anyway - everything and everyone has some kind of beauty! :-)

Gigi said...

It's shame that not everyone has the heart and the love that you do.

Mari said...

Very good advice!
I love those pictures of Kaishon with the baby. :)

Dumb Mom said...

Do people say that? I've never been behind my lens and actually thought that of someone. I know I've thought about ways to make them look their best, or ways to capture things they've mentioned they are self conscious about, but you're right. Every human is beautiful. And for me, I love capturing families together because I love to capture their interaction. The love and tenderness and beauty they make together. And, also, who am I to judge?! Pretty sure I can stand to look a little more awesome too! Your shots are awesome by the way. Like always!

Tamar SB said...

AMEN and Kaish is the cutest babysitter EVER!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Amen to that. People are beautiful. Wish I wasn't so self conscious when in public. I would love to capture them, but I'm afraid to ask or don't want to get caught sneaking a photo. These were great girl. Kaish looked so at ease with that baby.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Hear, hear! And I love how you clearly see the beauty in everyone. YOU are beautiful.

Charisma Moran said...

So true! I really feel sad when I hear other photogs talk that way.

Looks like baby sitting was a success!

The Incredible Woody said...

I love to shoot people with my long lens so I can capture those candid moments, when they aren't frozen in a 'please hurry and take that photo' smile. Those photos allow me to show them just how beautiful I think they are :)

Tracy P. said...

I love you and your heart, Miss Becky. I'm not sure what would possess someone who didn't see all people as treasures to photograph any of them.

My nieces and nephews are all several years older than my kids, and we are so so blessed to have them as role models for our kids. Yay for Kaish and your siblings and the cousins. Summery goodness on the way for more of that stuff! :-)

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I can't imagine hearing someone saying that about anyone- WOW. How sad that one would think that about another person.

rooth said...

That is such excellent advice! Happy Tuesday and thanks for visiting my blog as well

Formerly known as Frau said...

I can't even imagine saying that! Though when I see myself in photos...I hate how i look so I guess I'm slightly guilty! Thanks for the reminder we are all gods children ....beautiful!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Great advice and it's a pity that some photographers actually think that way though it must restrain them so much in their work.

Em S said...

So true! You captured such beauty in these photographs.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Beautiful!!!
Hey, is there such a thing as an ugly baby???
xo

Kelly-Marie said...

I love your photo's huni .. I can't believe people would say things like that, it's just like with the editing tools you can get I really hate because they change a persons true beauty, really bugs me. Ok yes sometimes for my sisters for instance I try and cover up thier teenage spots a bit but never go over the top. x x

Maddy said...

Isn't the whole gift of photography to see the beauty around us, even in the things that are not always apparent :) Thanks for the reminder!

richies said...

I couldn't agree more. Thanks for bringing out in the open an issue we don't like to talk about. The purpose of photographing people is not to make the photographer look good.

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DaenelT said...

People also need to stop saying that about themselves. I had someone complain about a photo that I took of him because he said he was "too dark". He is a dark skinned black man. The camera takes what it sees. I could have lightened him but he would have looked unnatural and it wouldn't have been him. Also it hurt my feelings and I almost hung up my camera.

likeschocolate said...

So true! Today, I had to catch myself when I thought dang it my kids aren't dress for photos. We were having a great time and that was more important than wardrobe for photos.

genderist said...

Love.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Yep... people are beautiful and special! And you have a wonderful way of capturing their specialness and beauty! :)

Jennifer S. said...

This makes me so sad. I have used professional photographers and I hope they weren't thinking that about my family. If they were, I guess that is just their problem. Shame on them! Thank you for saying this! Great photos!

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

Wow, I can't even imagine feeling that way. For me, photography is more about capturing a person's essence or their relationships. It's more emotional than just surface beauty. I suppose there are plenty of people who look at it differently, but this photography obsession of mine would lose all it's charm for me if it were only skin deep.

Love seeing your beautiful photos! That teary face, wow! very powerful.

abrianna said...

Good point, although I unfortunately can imagine people thinking it and saying it later to their friends. It is the way the world is.

Love the top shot o f the cat and the
baby ones...even the one of his tears. Makes me want to cry with him.

M said...

You're so right...I never like how I turn out in photos and avoid having mine taken...I need to just be okay with it.
Happy Tuesday....love that baby!

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Very nice thoughts. The pictures of Kaish and the baby are so stinking cute. Love it!

Erika B said...

I just think that if you get those thoughts in your head you shouldn't photograph people at all. Ever!!!

Erika B

Stasha said...

WORD!!! People are most beautiful when they are themselves.

Nancy said...

I often think if digital photography had been around when I was a kid -- how many photos would never had been printed...

septembermom said...

Amen! Beautifully written.

She Writes Here Now said...

On that note about people: I have taken one drawing class and am currently in a watercolor class. Each class had had a live model portion. Each time it amazes me that an average model becomes really beautiful when I begin to draw or paint them. It's like as discern each unique feature their beauty unfolds. I recall in a photography class I took (no live models, just assignments to get some) the same feeling. As I shot people I saw them differently, more clearly, more defined and always as more beautiful than when I started. I am convinced people who are good photographers of people see humans as amazingly beautiful and that is what they capture. My 2 cents :). BTW LOVE the picts of your guy and that little baby love. Sooo tender.

Stephani Cochran said...

Good advice!

Cindy said...

I'm one of those unphotogentic people and I say Amen to this post!

braverbeatingheart said...

Bex,
You are so sweet! I agree, everyone is beautiful in their own way!

Jill Wellington said...

LOVE what you said and it's SOOO true! Everyone has beauty that radiates from within. Thanks for reminding us!

Shey said...

What a great a dive Becky, you are so right. =) Love your photographs!

Katherine said...

oh wow shocking that people will said that Becky your so right.what a great post loving your b&w photos.

Becca said...

I LOVE this post my friend :-) SO true!!!!!

Digital Photography Tips said...

These are such excellent advices! thanks for sharing.

Nellie said...

Yes I totally agree! What a great post. People are most certainly beautiful in all forms, sizes, shapes and color.

Lisa said...

Hey Becky,

Just stopping by to say. . .Man! I love your blog! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! I read it . . .on google reader. . .I know I cheat! I'm a cheater!!! :) Just thought I would let you know your posts always make me smile. and that baby with Kaishon ~ Takes my breath away. . .what sweeties they are. When I grow up Beckie, I want to be just like you. Flawed :) and just beautiful!

xoxo, Lisa