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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Marlee


I think I forgot to show off this young lady!
I had lunch with a friend about a month ago, and we got to talking about vacations.  Of course I whipped out my photos of Vietnam, and she was surprised to find out I was a photographer.  I guess it was one of those rare occasions that I wasn't wearing my camera around my neck.  She mentioned that her daughter, who has been in pageants for a while now, wanted to explore modeling.  And I jumped!  You see I had been shooting a lot of little kiddos lately and the though of shooting someone that would actually follow directions made me drool a little bit was so exciting!

Okay... here's the game:  Guess how old she is?
(No fair playing if you're in one of my photography groups and I already told you.)

These are a few of my favorites
I think one of the funny parts of the shoot is that even though the pics are really serious looking (that's the look they wanted to expand her portfolio) we giggled and laughed almost the entire 2 hours.  She was amazingly fun to work with and I had the best time!

Answer: 14!  I remember 14 being all braces and awkward and weird looking.  Ya, 14 just doesn't look like it used to.

16 comments:

  1. I was going to guess 19. In our present culture, 14 is the new 18, 12 is the new 16, ect. My 14 year old looks 12, and I'm proud of that! I want to hire you to take photos of my daughter. Too bad we don't live in AZ. :(

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    1. Beth where are you? I've often considered travel session if we happen to be visiting anyway.

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    2. We are in China since we are missionaries, but we will be on furlough next year in New Mex.

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    3. Well NM is honestly a possibility since that's where Sunny is! Hmmmmmm... (I really wish I could say China!)

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  2. 14 never looked so gorgeous! Beautiful!!

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  3. Beth, my thirteen year old daughter was getting ready for 7th grade dance with her friends. I overheard one girl saying, "no, don't wear that eyeshadow. It looks like you are like 14, not 17."

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    1. Hmmmm, eye shadow makes you look younger? I'm going to go put some one right now!

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  4. I was guessing 13! And no "our" 14 looked NOTHING like this!! Gorgeous!

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    1. You must have experience with the new teenagers, Sandy. I know you do. Mine didn't look like this either!

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  5. Yes, I would have guessed 13 or 14! I was shocked when we did our Savvy workshop and the two girls we shot were 14 and 16 and looked so much older. These photos are lovely!

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  6. I need to vent.
    I am a stay at home mom and part time photographer. This past school year I went to my kids' school (good sized preschool through high school Christian school) twice/week to take photos for the school's website free of charge. It was a time commitment but I don't mind one bit since it goes to a good cause and I get to see my kids. I just got an email from the media director at the school this morning telling me that I was not needed as much anymore, though they appreciate the time I put in last year. Want to know why? Another mom volunteered to take photos. She uses PicMonkey, and all of her photos so far have been extremely over saturated with bright orange skin tones and heavy vignettes and super sharpening. (I might pass along your classes to her). She also resized the images to 1.4 megabytes. I have no idea why I am upset about this and taking it personally. Maybe I am upset that people cannot distinguish professional photos from PicMonkeyed ones. I am deciding if I should email her back and explain that to her, or if that would be too rude.
    Thank you for letting me vent.

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    1. VENT away! Oh I get it! I so so get it. I do think I'd give a phone call (yes phone. not email or text) and ask why. Maybe they want to share the load and think they are being nice. Maybe they need to have someone point out what will happen is they are printed. ---And yes you are absolutely right that as photographers study and refine their craft, their "eye" gets better. and for many of those that haven't, they usually cannot tell what makes a quality photo and what doesn't. ---Let me know how it goes!

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    2. Great idea to call. I was about to do just that, but I ran into the media director at church this morning. I am so glad I talked to her. Yes, the reason was to lighten my load. I so appreciate the thought. She told me to come as much as I would since it doesn't hurt having the other mother as backup.
      Funny thing. I ran into the other mother afterwords. I didn't mention it to her. We did talk about photography. I got an idea of where she is. She does set her exposure manually, but has her camera focus for her, ect. No editing software, so I passed the word along about LightRoom and your classes. From the stats I have seen on her photos (the school uses SkyDrive, and you can see the stats for each photo), she lets her shutter speed dip quite a bit and uses a kit lens and a 24-70. I am surprised that she is on a 6D.
      She invited me to the botanical gardens next week to take photos. I gladly accepted - and I might (kindly) teach her a few things.
      Are you going to Clickaway, Nancy? If I see you I will say hello.

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    3. I'm glad you were able to get some more info on it. I know when I work really really hard on my craft, I can get pretty possessive of it.
      I AM going to Clickaway! We definitely NEED to get together! Can you email me and we can share contact info? maybe we can get together for lunch or dinner and such? nancyvnjourney@hotmail.com
      And thank you SO much for the referral, Leslie! that's the best type of compliment of all!

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