I can’t work like this!

Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

So far, I always had good shoots.  Great experiences!  Gosh.. yesterday’s shoot was a real pain!  I could not get it.  Why was I always going “WTH?” in my head?  I know my gears, I know the place like the back of my hand and I know the model.  Something was not right and it wasn’t me!

I am always capable of giving directions.  It’s easy!


Look here.

Look at the antenna on the house.

Look at the ground.


If I can do this with someone I just met, why wasn’t it working yesterday!?


Can you smile a bit?

Don’t look there…

Can you stop moving?

Can’t you make the same face you made a quarter of seconds ago???

It’s a bird, get over it!  Look back at the antenna!


Some models are just terrible.  They don’t have it  I guess the expectations are sometimes too high.  I had that mental image stuck up there and for the love of life, could not get it in camera.  You would think after 17 years of marriage  I would be able to get her to follow simple posing instructions…

It’s a good thing I love her…

Joking aside, it will be 17 years coming September we will have signed those papers in front of the judge, had that 2000$ wedding reception and opened the dance on Metallica.  I was 19 years old, she was 21 and people were giving us no more than a couple of years before realizing it was just a mistake.  17 years of living together and I must have no more than a dozen good photos of Anne-Marie.  Go figure!  There are 3 cameras laying around the house.  She hates being in front of the lens, I hate directing people I know too well.

It was just her and I yesterday afternoon, sitting next to the pool after dinner.  The kids were doing the dishes when I realized the light was just right, forcing itself through the foliage.  I got my camera and started shooting.  Shooting with frustration as I could not get it.  What’s wrong in this picture!?  The images were always a bit off from what was sitting in front of me.  In the end, I finished with 2 photos close to what I was aiming for.  While looking at the photos today, I understood where my problem was.  I was trying to capture a composite of 17 years of mental photos in one frame.

Responses (2)

  1. I LOVE these photos – especially the first few!! They are not high-fashion photos of a model with perfect light and perfect posing… they’re SOOOO much better, because they capture the true character of Anne-Marie and all her shy, gorgeous, quirky, funny, uncooperative-in-front-of-the-camera ways. I think that despite your frustration, your photos show us who Anne-Marie is, and THAT is what makes a greay portrait in my eyes. So kudos to you both – because I’m sure SHE was just as frustrated as you were :-)

  2. Elisa says:

    Beautifully written, beautifully shot! Love this post, Stephane!

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