Visuals are everything. Aaaarrrrything. As an online entrepreneur and blogger rookie, you need portraits. Good portraits. For which there usually is no money when starting out.
So for my new blog and brand I schedule a beach photo shoot with a friend who is an amateur photographer. Motto: Better half-pro shots than none. Perfectionism, go home (till I have the money to hire the pro team)!
“Be prepared” – heeding Baden-Powells, plus hoping to have at least some pics if the shoot does not work out well, I decide to do a dry run the day before with my then boyfriend. Who is not a natural born photographer but can hold a camera. So I think.
As my brand and blog are supposed have a beachy summer look, we drive out to the Baltic Sea for some great sunny beach shots.
It is the beginning of April. Temperature: 10 °C (50 °F). East wind: 5 Bft. Windchill factor: 4 °C (39 °F). Time: About 1:30 pm, full sunshine.
By now every real photographer’s toenails begin to curl big time, and the pros know how this is gonna end. That’s why they are pros – and we aren’t.
After we find a quiet spot on the beach I hand my boyfriend the DSLR and take off my winter jacket. I have chosen to wear a light blue blouse with a dark blue cardigan, accessorized by a green felt necklace with some red in it. Why? God only knows.
We start shooting. I vaguely remember a blog post about poses. Something about not standing straight. So I writhe and wobble and wriggle about, trying to smile. The wind blows my hair in my face. It’s cold.
My boyfriend takes some shots – I try not to look into the sun. Result: Half of my face is shaded in the pics. I turn more towards the sun. In the same instant I know that Manfred Mann has written “Blinded by the Light” when modeling for a photo shoot.