You know all of those little photo posters on Facebook, the ones with six photos and captions that say, “What society thinks I do,” “What my friends think I do,” “What my mom thinks I do,”and “What I actually do”? Well, I’ve decided I need one of those. But I only require two squares: “What I thought I would be doing” and “What I really do.”
When I returned from the Jasmine Star Workshop in California this summer, I was absolutely smitten with wedding photography. And, armed with new branding, a little bit of j-star marketing genius, and enough inspiration to last a lifetime, I was sure the only photography I would do ever again was wedding photography.
In other words, this is “What I thought I would be doing” — as in right away, nothing else, and always:
But, in real life, I still spend the majority of my time in the glamorous world of corporate headshots, where instead of Jimmy Choo shoes and Tiffany diamonds, I crush on those sweet upfront parking spots, adore dollies that roll smoothly, and swoon over service elevators large enough to fit all of my gear in one trip. Where, when it’s time to buy a new car, the first thing I do is test drive it home to make sure my portable studio will fit in the back. Where I get to meet 15, 20, even 30 new people in a day — and can sympathize with all of them because I truly don’t like having my picture taken either.
And as crazy as this sounds, when I look back over the hundreds of corporate headshots I take in a year, each one still makes me smile.
Truth be told, I love the people I meet. And it is such a joy to get an email from someone who initially didn’t want their picture taken but told me later it actually had been fun. It absolutely makes my day when someone (who thought they were not photogenic) shares with me that they had a hard time selecting their final photo because they liked so many of them.
So while these shots are never going to end up on the Style Me Pretty blog or grace the cover of Bride magazine, this is a little slice of my life right now, a little snapshot of the joy I find in doing what I love.
Without further ado, here are just a few of the images that go under the heading “What I really do”:
If your company or office needs headshots for the new year, please visit blakecreativephotography.com and email me for more information. I bring my studio to your location and offer special pricing for groups of 10 or more.
Oh, and by the way, I’m still available for weddings too.