Lessons from a Photo Shoot

 

 By Andrea Scarpino

  1. Make sure the lighting is right. 

 

  1. Wear power shoes. Even if the photo won’t capture them. 

 

  1. Bring a change of outfit. 

 

  1. Ask for help with bra straps, bobby pins in the hair. 

 

  1. Sometimes, you’ll feel ridiculous. Go with it. 

 

  1. Try smiling. Try being serious. 

 

  1. Don’t think about wrinkles. 

 

  1. Don’t let your earrings distract from your face. 

 

  1. If photographing outside, listen for birds. Follow their lead. 

 

  1. There’s a moment in the eyes when a person sees another human face : a light, a recognition, memory. You’ll know when the photograph has captured it. 

 

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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