Photo Help for People with Cameras =) Lines are open…

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

Your child is playing in the other room. You, amazed that your legs are unhindered by their child-weights, are deftly moving around the kitchen trying to get dinner ready. All of a sudden you notice that it’s TOO QUIET, so you run in to see what the little one has gotten into. You find your child in [insert cutest possible scenario ever here]. Ah! You must take a picture of this! For once, your camera is conveniently on the counter. You turn it on, press the button and take the picture. All is well, right? Right?

I hope so… but sometimes, sometimes we cut off heads, we flash when we should have not flashed, and sometimes we forget the previous setting and end up losing the moment because the camera was still set to Disco-Party-Strobe light flash.
Never fear. I have a plan.

I’m not going to pretend that I don’t take bad pictures. EVERYONE TAKES BAD PICTURES. That’s not the issue. The issue is figuring out WHY they turned out bad. Why? Because then you can learn from it, and next time, that picture will get better, and better and better.

So what’s my plan? I’m going to help you take better pictures. Why? Because most of the pictures taken of your kids, friends, family, random vacation spots, will be taken by you – and you deserve to have good pictures in all those albums of yours.

“Albums?!”, you say. “You mean I’m supposed to upload these pictures from my camera and THEN order prints and THEN put them into some sort of organized format for our forever enjoyment?”

Too much?

Don’t worry. I’m going to help you with that too. My plan is this. I want to help you take better pictures, and then turn those pictures into something you and your family can enjoy in the future. You don’t have to get the pictures off of your computer; most of us spend a lot of time on our computers, let’s face it. But there’s got to be a better spot than sitting in a folder buried in your C: Drive.

THE PLAN:
YOU. ME. YOUR CAMERA.
MAYBE A FEW FRIENDS.
WHEREVER WE NEED TO GO.

And then we learn. If you want to buy me a coffee that’s cool; but there’s no need. This is FREE time to make that camera your … ahem, to conquer the camera.

And after we’re done – it’s not over. I know you’ll have more questions – contact me. I’m basically going to be your own personal photo coach. As I journey through this experiment I may try regular gatherings where anyone can show up and practice and learn, in addition to scheduled appointments. I’m so excited to do this and I hope you’ll help me out by letting me know what you have trouble with and questions about, concerning your cameras.

*I’m also trying out some Webchat and FB/Skype Chat options (in addition to phone and email) for those of you who live far away (Mom 😉 or just can’t seem to make it out of the house…ever. 😉

The obvious question. Why would a photographer want to help you take better pictures? Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose of my business?

Nope. As the person who’s usually behind the camera, I know all too well that your albums (or hard drives) are full of events and memories with loved ones – and occasionally you’re in the pictures too. I want to help make those pictures as good as possible – and get them off your cameras and into ANY sort of creative display form. And if you ever want to be in a few more pictures, or maybe your 10 yr old just won’t smile at you right now – you can give me a call and me and my camera will be right over.

AND NOW…PURELY FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT

A video for your enjoyment.  Trust me, it’s even relevant funny. =)

p.s. I like caramel lattes =)

Want to get started right now? Just post a question over in that fancy sliding sidebar thingy on the left that says “Photo Help” or send me a message through the contact form.  I’ll respond to your questions (if you leave your email) and possibly even post the question and answers here on the blog to help others.  =)

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  • Katie in MA - I think setting up gatherings is an AWESOME idea! Especially if you let us poor little point-and-shooters come hang out with the cool kids. 🙂

    (P.S. – How do you feel about photo editing software to fix those problem pictures?)

  • Karyn - Katie – are you talking what KIND of software?

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