Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hannah, the Model

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Some weeks ago a friend of mine had asked me to take some photos of her for a profile picture she needed for work.
Hannah and I met up yesterday early in the morning and had breakfast at this cute place in Costa Mesa called The Side Street Cafe.

Side Street Cafe

What I love about this place is it's super homey feel. The menu is hand written and photo copied and the water is served in a glass canning jar.


Water cup

We sat outside in the gorgeous weather which we were fortunate to have considering it had just started raining the night before. I had the B.A.S.C Omelet (bacon, avocado, and sour cream) and Hannah had the eggs benedict.

Inside Omelette

Eggs Benedict

Inside Eggs Benedict

How did it taste, you ask?

Clean Plate

What do you think??

So after a delightful breakfast and catching up on drama in our lives we headed to Newport Beach for our photo shoot.

Now... let me remind you that I am NOT a professional photographer. Yes, I can take some good photos of food but people are a whole different ball game. I had actually asked a photographer friend and found a wonderful website that had A LOT of information about portrait photo taking and let me tell ya... just because you read stuff doesn't necessarily mean you know it. There were all these tips and notes I had in mind but it just fell out of my head as soon as I picked up the camera.

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One of the things I realized is that you have to make your subject feel comfortable. You can't just start snapping away hoping they'll know what to do.

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After a while I think we were just laughing at each other because it was so awkward! I'm not the best at multi-tasking especially when I'm out of my element and I wish I could have had the skill set to engage her so she didn't have to think about the camera.

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I took over 600 photos (many of them back to back to maximize the amount of clear shots in the midst of all the shakey ones) and I got maybe a dozen that were good in terms of composition and lighting.

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All in all it was a fun day. The photos turned out great and I had a lot of fun.

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Thanks for being patient with me, Hannah! Hope you had fun too despite the awkwardness!!