Monday, January 25, 2010

Maddeningly Unhelpful Advice-How not to take the perfect picture

On Friday I received my newly designed Faerie t-shirt. (The result of this contest) Wahoo! The first thing I thought was: I better take a picture so that all my blog readers can see my new awesome shirt. So I asked my husband to take a pic for me. This is the first step in not taking the perfect picture--ask a person who thinks every opportunity given him is a chance for a fun joke.

Exhibit A. Tell the picture taker you'd like a picture of you pointing at the design on your shirt and when you ask if that looks good he says, Yeah, perfect.


Exhibit B. Tell the picture taker, no really, I want to point at the design on my shirt. Am I pointing at it now? And he says, Yep, you're pointing right at it. (And doesn't mention it may look a little......uh......what word should I use.....weird) Oh, by the way, I took about 10 of these pics before I looked at the camera and realized how bad they looked (my husband laughed the whole time I looked).


Next, get serious. Tell your picture taker, Come on, take a good picture. This is me doing that very thing.


This was the very next shot.


Finally, take the camera from the original person you asked, and hand it to someone who will listen to you. (Like one of your children) And settle for a decent picture instead of the "perfect" picture.

And that is how to not take the perfect picture.

Oh, and here's an up close picture of the awesome image on my shirt (words on the shirt provided by the winner of my contest Natalie):

26 comments:

  1. Cute shirt, cuter wearer of shirt. It must be so much fun to live at your house!

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  2. Nice pics. Like the 'I'm crushing your design' one. Good thing you have kids old enough to take pictures for variety.

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  3. Love the shirt- pink is my favorite color!

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  4. Good thing we don't have to waste film on bad pictures anymore!

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  5. LOL - I usually end up taking the picture myself - either with the timer or by holding the camera out (like my profile pic).

    It's a cute shirt, though! :)

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  6. Kasie, you're so cute! Love the shirt! Very creative layout on design!
    :)

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  7. HA! Funny stuff, but it turned out cute!

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  8. I've had first hand experience with your photographer. He's actually quite good and capturing accidents and tragedies.

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  9. Oh, that was funny. I can just imagine the whole thing. Thanks for the tips. The shirt is awesome:)

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  10. That is too funny, and your shirt is too cute! OMG!

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  11. That is priceless! What a fun post - love the shirt, love the pics even more! LOL! :-)

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  12. LOL! I love these pics! Your husband is about like mine when it comes to taking good pictures:)

    Love the shirt, too!

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  13. Ahhh! Such cute pictures. I love the shirt, and I love the color of your hair!

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  14. Hope you get lots of comments on yoru tee shirt when you wear it out. Don't you love it when life gives you a good blog post?
    Laura

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  15. Speaking of adorable... I love the shirt. And the busty close-up.

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  16. I'm commenting twice to leave you a blog award. :) Check it out here: http://thisisnotnotmydayjob.blogspot.com/2010/01/over-top-blog-award.html

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  17. So, so adorable! Natalie's genius abounds!

    And your pictures are lovely. :)

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  18. Cute shirt, and love the photo shoot!

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  19. Husband, boyfriend, the other half (whatever some of us call them) are so NOT a good choice for pictures. Every single picture Paul has taken of me, is odd, a weird angle and so not appealing. He likes the shots (he may very well be the only one.)

    Even so, these came out cute. (Hugs)Indigo

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  20. So funny - and you are adorable. You look a lot like Rachel McAdams in these pictures, but cuter.
    Husbands can be such stinkers.

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  21. Linda, you are too nice. Thanks. And it is so fun to live in my house if I do say so myself. :)

    David, you're not supposed to like the "crushing on my design" one. :) That was me giving my husband "the look". I think he knew at that point that it was over for him and his photography career (at least for that moment). lol

    Tamika, me too. :)

    Kaylie, I know, right? I love the digital age.

    Larissa, I might have to start doing that. I like your profile pic, I couldn't even tell you took it yourself.

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  22. Elizabeth, thanks, I love it too.

    Amanda, yeah, I'm happy with how it turned out.

    Candi, yes, first hand experience with my photographer is quite an adventure. :) And that was so much fun.

    Natalie, no, thank you for the shirt. :)

    Guinevere, Yeah, it was pretty fun....looking back on it. :)

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  23. Melissa, I'm sorry that you don't have a decent photographer either. :)

    Elana, thanks, I had actually just got my hair done that day....funny you should mention it.

    Laura, I do love it when life makes a good blog post. Those are the best.

    Jessie, I don't know about "busty" close-up, but it is a close-up. :)

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  24. Michelle, I know, we can never escape the genius. :)

    Angie, thanks, it was fun.

    Indigo, ah, so you can relate. :) They seem to have fun taking them at least.

    Mary, I just had someone tell me that recently. I don't know about the "but cuter" part, but I do see the similarities (mainly the dimples and our coloring). I get her or Jennifer Garner, depending on the color of my hair. :)

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  25. Love it! Where can I get me one?? =)

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  26. You left out the part where you beat me with a rolling pin after the photo shoot.

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