Christine N.

The shoot with Christine was certainly an adventure! The morning of the shoot, I woke up after an exhausting work week (for those of you who didn't know, I'm now a school portrait photographer for Lifetouch... sure beats the piss out of... giving piss tests... and dealing with ridiculous, angry, and condescending people at my previous job. XD ). It wasn't even a full week (THIS past week was a full week... 50 hours... not counting drive time... O_o), and I was exhausted. BUT... I got up... and went about the task of trying to save some files I had previously lost.

I should have charged my camera while I was doing that, but I didn't think about it... I was too concerned about getting my lost files back. By the time it was time to leave, I realized my camera hadn't charged yet. I called up Christine and asked her if she wanted to grab some food before we started to talk about what each of us wanted out of this, and to allow my camera time to charge.

I got into my car, got halfway down the road, and then realized I forgot to dump my SD cards from the night before. (ARGH!) So I turned around, went back into the house, and uploaded the images to my computer. Then I tried heading to Lancaster for the second time.

After a few false starts in my morning, I was finally on my way. Once I got there, we ordered pizza, she did her makeup and then we were on our way.

First stop was the Christmas tree farm across the street from where she lived. The sun was super bright, and it was REALLY windy. I had a make-shift reflector with me, but it didn't do me much good, since the only way I had to hold it up was to tape it to two stands... and then the wind would catch it and topple it over. Regardless of the wind and my fighting with the reflector, we managed to fire off a few frames... and by a few I mean a lot. ^_^

Here are a few of my favorites from that spot:

After the Christmas tree farm, we headed to the woods behind Christine's house. There we found several overgrown lots, with benches, tables, home foundations, and a gnome! After the woods adventure, we then headed to downtown Lancaster where I found a colorful piano out in a couryard... Overall it was a fun day. I got some practice in, Christine got a free photoshoot... it was a gorgeous day outside... ^_^

It was an interesting experience... it was definitely outside of my comfort zone, seeing as this was the first time I've shot anyone *off* stage. I definitely want to do it again, and I definitely want to improve. Now it's just a matter of figuring out what I need to do next to improve... and finding the resources to help me learn how to do that.