I’ve never liked having my picture taken. In fact, I find it to be kind of a weird phenomenon, having someone point a machine at me and produce an image that I rarely find to be representative of what I think I look like (or at least, what the mirror tells me). I was a cute kid, and kind of a weird-looking teenager, and since then I’ve hardly had my picture taken at all. In fact, I never even had senior portraits taken, mostly because I was embarassed about my skin.
My skin’s mostly better these days, but it’s still blotchy and uneven, and I rarely wear makeup because it’s so sensitive. I knew, though, that I would need to figure out something makeup-wise for the wedding because I would be having my picture taken all day long, a prospect that fills me with a little bit of dread. And I want those photos to look good, because it’s probably the only time in my life I’ll be paying someone to take photos of me (and Dan, of course, but he always looks good).
One of the other things about the California part of our recent month-away-from-home that I really stressed about was the engagement shoot. Though it might seem like somewhat of a narcissistic or unnecessary add-on to a pretty low-key and low-budget wedding, I really wanted to do it so I would have a chance to get used to having someone point a camera at me for an extended period of time (read: more than one snapshot). While I had every confidence in our photographer to capture great photos of other people (having seen his work), I was really nervous that I would hate the way I looked in the photos he took, because it’s just how I usually react. I don’t think I’m at all photogenic, and a while ago I just resigned myself to never looking good in pictures. But I wanted to look good in these pictures!
Luckily, the day we picked to take photos in San Francisco was one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever seen (there), not to mention it was late December. We had an appointment to meet at 2 PM at Baker Beach, and we were a few minutes late because I got us lost trying to navigate through the Presidio. Our photographer got there really early because he wanted to scout out the area, and I guess he felt bad for being so late when we met with him before (that wasn’t his fault; it was horrible traffic in both directions). He found some really neat places to shoot, and after about 5 minutes I was completely comfortable with just playing on the beach, holding Dan’s hand, and enjoying the gorgeous day. It was warm and sunny, with hardly any breeze. The colors were crisp and clear, very difficult to come by any day of the year on a San Francisco beach. We got really lucky that the day was so pretty, and I am thrilled that we had such a good time working with the photographer. I feel much better about the prospect of having my picture taken all day long now.
Yesterday, the photographer sent me an email with the link to our photos. I really wanted to put it up on the blog immediately, but Dan wasn’t home until about 7 PM last night and I wanted him to get to see them first. After seeing these pictures, I am so glad that we decided to go with the photographer we picked – I think he’s really talented, and I think we’re getting a fantastic deal – but I’m also thrilled that he’s so good at making us both feel comfortable around the camera(s). And I could not be happier with the results of the engagement shoot.
Which ones do you guys like best?