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being on the “other” side | jen mcken, photographer

By April 19, 2012 No Comments

I forget sometimes what it’s like to be on the “OTHER” side of the camera. Here I am pointing a lens at my clients snapping away forgetting how vulnerable, self cautious or down right uncomfortable that may be. So every once in a while it’s nice to get on the other side just to remember. Earlier this year, at a photography conference in Las Vegas, a group of my photo friends got to together on our last few hours and did a head shot exchange-sounds violent doesn’t it! haha! We laughed until our stomachs hurt, had a lunch stolen-no kidding and (some of us) danced behind complete strangers—that’s a WHOLE other story!

So what does this have to do with anything? Well like I mentioned earlier, I think it’s educational to get on the “other side” of the lens every once in a while so that you can put yourself into your clients shoes and know the vulnerability they must be feeling stepping in front of the camera…because I’ll be the first to tell you, it’s intimidating, I know this! BUT I also know that when you find that perfect photographer, you forget that the camera is even there.

I believe you not only hire a photographer based on the kinds of photos they produce but also because of their personality. I certainly don’t want to take on a client that has no sense of humor…because well, they might be a TEENSY bit disappointed when I start cracking my jokes. I want the ” down to earth, laughs at their own jokes—-EVEN when they aren’t that funny, can have a good time anywhere as long as there’s wine and chocolate”, kinda client. The kind of client who…yes….has a bad hair day , likes to wear comfy clothes around the house but loves to look HAWT when going out with the ladies, the kind person who would rather not..but still be able to go to the grocery store without any *gasp* makeup on, the kind of person who eats Rice Crispy’s and still listens for Snap, Crackle and Pop, the kind of client who still has a pair of your jeans from high school because you swear one day you’ll fit back into them,  the kind of person who under any circumstance and despite ANY flaws, can hold their shoulders back, their head high- bad hair and all and say, “I’m beautiful”…

So….. in using my own advice……. here we go…….bad hair day and all……


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