Have you ever said that? Or, maybe just thought it?
It always surprises me how many people say that; particularly women. But they are usually mistaken. A good and empathetic photographer can draw out the best in anybody.
When I offered to photograph my sister-in-law, she was not eager. That is to say the least. She began with that phrase: “I never look good in photographs.” Challenge accepted! I asked her to trust me and, to her eternal credit, she did. I promised to shoot a portrait that she would love. Did I manage? You be the judge.
I knew that she would be nervous, so I decided to be lightning fast. I posed her beside a large window. It was an overcast day and we had a beautiful natural light. I used an 85mm portrait lens and and a wide aperture. As soon as she got settled, we began shooting. As the session unfolded, she began to really relax. A few words of encouragement and some gentle direction and she realised that it was not going to be a painful experience. We got the shot I wanted within 10 minutes.
I began the post-processing with Siobhan with me in the room. When I had whittled down the photos, I invited her to look at the partly-processed photos. I listened to her wishes and concerns. Another 30 minutes enabled me to incorporate the changes she asked for. The post processing was much quicker than usual because she is actually very photogenic. Here is the photo I had promised.
And did she like it? Yes she did. She was surprised at how it turned out and thrilled. She was happy to come away with a 10” x 8” framed photo. One that she loves!
I always look bad in photographs.
No, you don't. You really don’t. We can all be nervous but actually we really look great. What we need is someone to help portray the real me. Or the real you.
The Sheepdog trials took place on 24th August. I was pleased to attend and wrote a short article for the Tavistock Times newspaper. They published part of the article in order to fit their space constraints. Here is the article in its entirety.
A Grand Day Out
There was welly-wanging, antique tractors and many stalls. The tea tent was doing a roaring business. Home-baked cakes were the culprit. Sourced from local farmhouse kitchens, they were out of this world.
Dartmoor Ice-cream, a brand-new start-up, launched their mobile service today. Co-founder, Carole Bache, explained that everything is local and natural. Their milk and cream comes from one Dartmoor farm where the cows are “free-range”. Even the sauces and flavours are hand-made in Tavistock. The ice-cream is “to die for”.
Mr Bob Wilson, regular attendee, said “it’s one of my favourite trials of the season. Local farmers, village feel and nice weather.” Committee member Ken said, “All it takes is a bit of enthusiasm and enough people to come along and help.”
South Devon life at its very best!
24th August 2019
Whitchurch is a beautiful village situated on the edge of Dartmoor and abutting Tavistock. It has its own Post Office cum Village store. It has an 11th Century Anglican church situated next door to the Whitchurch Inn.
The Landlord of the inn wanted to celebrate 20 years of his service to the village people. He
invited the church to partner on the day. James Medland of St Andrew's Church championed the partnership and took the lead in organising the day.
With the kind support of the local council, they were able to close the road for the day and so was born Whitchurch's own street party.