Friday, February 18, 2011

Photo Friday: The Professional Photo

As promised, here are just a few of the "after" photos. A wonderful local photographer by the name of Kimberly Miner spent just 30 minutes taking pictures of yours truly. I have a whole new appreciation for the art of photography. Until now, when I thought of having a professional photo taken, I thought of someone who was talented and skilled with a camera. But the truth is, there's much more to it.

Kimberly had a way about her; a relaxed confidence. It was easy to reflect that relaxed attitude and I believe that made for some great photos. She also gave me simple advice like to forget perfect posture and slouch a little. Throw a hip out here - relax your shoulders there.

She listened. She wanted to know about the book and she put the information to use. We met at the Walla Walla Public Library. There she found the memoir section (in biography), the military section and the stacks of newspapers to use as back drops. The books, the sign showing where the military books were and so forth, would be blurred in the background but the feeling is still there. It seeped into the photos and into me. Next, Kimberly wanted me to walk a few blocks to the downtown area where our town has erected a large flag in the equivalent of our town square. She also got my favorite coffee shop where I write in the background, then a church. And finally, she suggested we finish up back at the library, but not the new library. She took my photo in front of the old library - that beautiful old building.

When I first looked at the photos I couldn't believe how great they were. Just amazing! Somehow, Kimberly had made me look, well - great.
What do you think?


Sharon Lippincott said...

Nice! The one in the library explains itself. The one outside the library could be any building.

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

True. It will be one of those things where only locals will "get" it. The pictures actually don't turn out near as well on the blog as they do on my computer. But you get the idea.

JoAnn Melton said...

Being surrounded by books as bookends is a great photo - tends to pull books into the frame! Your photographer had some great material to work with and made it even better.
~ JoAnn LWF

Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Thank you, JoAnn! I think she did a great job.