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21 Reasons Photography Is Completely Overrated

Yes.  Photography blows.  We should know better than anybody – we’re photographers.  Through extensive research we have compiled the 21 reasons why photography is completely overrated. 

21 Reasons

 

21 Reasons Photography Is Completely Overrated

  1. You’re ugly and no one wants to see photos of you (shots fired! okay you’re not really ugly – this is an intentionally silly list)
  2. Your friends are ugly and no one wants to see photos of them either
  3. It costs a lot of money to actually get a good photo taken – like by an actual pro
  4. Good cameras are like way too expensive and hard to use
  5. Smartphone cameras can be a pain in the butt to figure out and even harder to use effectively than actual cameras
  6. That one time you looked really fat in that photo that was posted on Facebook
  7. You have all these photos with your ex that you never want to look at again
  8. Actual memories are better and you can kinda change them in your head to make them even a little better than they are – it’s harder to change a picture
  9. Because like, leave me alone
  10. Smiling makes your face sore
  11. Your dad is annoying – always wanting to take a picture of you
  12. Your dad is even more annoying thinking selfies make him cool
  13. Your dad is yet even more annoying doing snapchat selfies with half of his face cut off because he knows “it’s a thing”

    21 Reasons

    Exhibit A – Reason #13

  14. Your mom is annoying for all of the three previous reasons even if slightly less annoying than your dad
  15. Instagram overposters
  16. Having to explain……..like, anything
  17. Okay an example of #16 – You told someone you didn’t feel like going out but then got photographed…….out
  18. Narcissists aren’t cool in general and photography gives them an outlet to be….narcissists.
  19. Storage / Syncing struggles
  20. The awkward moment where someone is trying to imply that they want to take a picture of the rest of the group who have something in common that you don’t really have with them.  I mean, it makes sense but still totally awkward.
  21. Lists like this

So there you go – 21 reasons photography is completely overrated!  Feel free to add more to the list…. 

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5 Fun Tips On What To Wear For A Family Photo Shoot

What to wear for a family portrait session is obviously an important topic.  What do you recommend?  Do we need to match?  Can we wear jeans?  These are the questions we get from our clients all the time for family portrait sessions, and they are very important questions!What to wear

What to wear….

Whenever we meet with a family (or the family member in charge) to discuss the game plan for their upcoming session we usually spend a decent amount of time discussing clothing.  Many people have anxiety over this, and while it’s certainly important to look your best when you invest the time and money to get professional portraits, there is no need to stress!  Here are 5 fun and practical tips and ideas that may help…

  1. Consider Casual.  If you are comfortable you will feel comfortable and therefore you will look comfortable.  There is nothing wrong with jeans and t-shirts, polos, or simple blouses.  A family that appears to be relaxed and naturally enjoying being together makes for really nice portraits.  Keep in mind that formal portraits can be beautiful as well, just know that it’s not a rule that professional portraits = formal portraits.  Sometimes the decor of the room or rooms you plan to decorate can help you with this as well.
  2. Coordinate Loosely.  You don’t have to match exactly.  You can put the boys in a blue and the girls in a pink just as an example, with everyone wearing similar style shirts.  Everyone can wear different style shirts of the same color as well – white shirts are fine.  Coordinate by color or style – just look like you are in the same group and belong together.
  3. Avoid crazy patterns.  No Hawaiian shirts for example.  Just use common sense – you want the focus of the photos to be on the people and not on a pattern or a slogan like “I’m With Stupid” on a shirt.
  4. Try a theme.  We had a family do a Detroit sports theme with different jerseys of the 4 major pro teams – the Tigers, Lions, Pistons, and Red Wings.  It was really fun!  You can do it with your favorite college / alma mater too.  We had a family where the dad and son had maize and blue Michigan sweatshirts and the mom and daughter had pink ones on and it was really cute.  I used to think it was silly when I would see a U of M sweatshirt in pink in a store, but from a fashion standpoint it worked for the shoot!  Anything that your family shares together can serve as inspiration.
  5. Be true to yourself and your family.  Certainly you can look to professional photographers for advice because they have plenty of experience with this, and they can make suggestions that work with different backdrops and settings.  Always ask to see examples!  Also remember however that you are the customer and you know your family best.  Be careful of a photographer who won’t listen to you and insists on doing it his or her way.  This is your session after all…

Always remember to have fun and savor the moment.  You deserve credit for wanting to celebrate your family with a professional portrait session and you should enjoy it!  Feel free to add to the discussion – what have been some of your favorite choices for wardrobe?  What say you on the subject of what to wear?

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The Top 5 Scariest or Suspenseful Photos in Film

Let’s start by saying none of the top 5 photos are actually published here in this blog post….  BOOO right?  It’s okay, I learned a little about copyright and fair use of movie images while researching this post.  We are certainly sensitive to people grabbing copyrighted images and using them illegally so I was curious about whether obvious and iconic images that appear everywhere are considered public domain or not.  So long story short…

Top 5 scariest photos in film

I went to this link after a Google search, found The Motion Picture and Television Archive and called the number listed.  A very friendly and helpful guy gave me a lot of good information and it boiled down to me having the option to purchase the photos I wanted from them if they weren’t public domain for $75 – $100 each.  Not horrible but more than I wanted to spend at the moment (when I have a massive following maybe I’ll reinvest into the blog in this fashion but I’m not ready for that).  He did say generally you can get an idea if an image was distributed by a film studio if you go to ebay and see one there for sale with the studio info printed on the bottom.  This generally indicates that you can use it.  None of my top 5 are available on ebay but I will provide links to them if they are available on the web – one for example is right on Wikipedia and I believe Wikipedia has the right to display it.  Whether the others do I’m not sure…  if they don’t and the image isn’t there when you click on the link then maybe they were caught and were forced to take it down…

The Top 5 Scariest…

Now for our top 5 – caution – there are spoilers here:

1.  The final shot in The Shining – 1980

If this didn’t give you a chill the first time you saw it then nothing in a movie will.  When it’s revealed that Jack Torrance was always the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel when we see his smiling face in the July 4th, 1921 photo hanging on the wall it’s the perfect final scare to the scariest movie ever made…  The classic Kubrick slow zoom into the wall and then the photo builds the lump in your throat as you realize what you’re looking at.

2.  The moving photo in the scrapbook in IT – 1990

Many Stephen King fans will agree that It was one of his scariest books.  While the TV movie with Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown didn’t quite do the book justice I still feel it had its moments – one of which was the depiction of the moving photo in the scrapbook that the kids are looking at together.  When Pennywise stops and sees that they are looking and makes a beeline to the surface jumping up onto the lamppost it’s a pretty good rush.

3.  The old photo of Eva Galli and the Chowder Society in Ghost Story – 1981

This film gave me nightmares after I saw it in the theater at the age of 11, and I still love it.  There is something creepy about the fact that the only photo which exists of Eva Galli is one where her face is blurred since she moves right as the photo is being snapped.  While I was able to find numerous images from Ghost Story I was not able to find the photo itself anywhere on the web.

4.  The photo from Blow-Up which turned out to be more than meets the eye – 1966

In this groundbreaking film by Italian director Michaelangelo Antonioni a photographer takes a photo of two lovers in a park but discovers upon enlarging the photo what appears to be a dead body in the background.

5.  The discarded Polaroid negative from No Way Out – 1987

This is a case where the photo itself isn’t scary or freaky, but the fact that it was a Polaroid negative required lengthy computer processing to become visible.  The photo was the only forensic evidence in a case with plenty of twists and turns and the processing creates a suspenseful race against time for Kevin Costner’s character who is ultimately revealed to be the spy all along.  Great movie, but once again I was unable to locate the photo on the web.

Honorable Mention – the vanishing siblings of Marty McFly in Back To The Future – 1985

This suggestion came from someone on our facebook page when I mentioned I was writing this post.  While not actually “scary” or “suspenseful” since Back To The Future is a comedy, I’d be lying if this photo didn’t cross my mind and put a smile on my face when I was putting together this list…   🙂

Can you think of any others?

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