A few weeks ago I decided that I needed a profile picture taken for the website. I don’t have any because I always seem to be behind the camera, go figure. I called a photog friend, Steve Dollar, The Dollarlama Photography, and told him I already had a killer location for the shoot. Everyone should have the opportunity to behold the unusual handsomeness that is Mo. How can I deprive the world of this mug? I dare say, it is my duty to give everyone a glimpse. 😉
Shoot day arrives and I have to say that I’m pretty pumped. For once I’ll be in front of the camera instead of behind it, which was simultaneously exciting, different and a bit scary. Okay, I have to be honest and tell you I was a bit nervous. I KNOW, I KNOW. You must be thinking, “How can a man of such confidence and style be nervous?” I tried to block out the jitters by giving myself a pep talk. “Mo, you’ve taken thousands of pictures. you know what looks good through the lens, and you continually educate yourself on posing and the fundamentals of what makes a great photograph. You got this, Son!”
Umm….. No, I didn’t. Being on the other side of the lens is hard.
On the way to the location, Steve and I talked about the possible ideas that we had in mind for the shoot. When we arrived we had a plan in the can, so to speak.
It was cold that day and we knew we had a rain storm rolling in so our window was limited. We got right to work, and the final result was great, but let’s talk about what happened, before the great shot.
When we started shooting we tried to put our plan into action. Let me emphasize the word TRY. Special note, any problems that occurred that day were entirely my issue, Steve was a true professional the entire time. His problem was my goofy self.
I couldn’t get comfortable, relax, or just let the session flow. I didn’t practice my poses, even though I suggest it to everyone that shoots with me. I had failed to properly prepare. I knew what I wanted to do and how to do it from behind the camera, I just had a hard time pulling it off in front of the camera. We captured my awkward moments and memorialized them forever. Here are just a few of the gems.
What am I doing in this picture? It looks like I’m in the process of starting the Brendan Fraser awkward slap from the 2010 Golden Globe Awards!
DOH! Not good, but luckily it got better. Steve is a solid professional and an awesome friend. He guided me to a great image. I couldn’t ask for anything Mo.
Two final thoughts about this post and let me put a bow around it.
I belong behind the lens and not in front, I am very handsome, but not a model. Fo SHO!