If every shot is perfect, you’re doing it wrong.

I try to go through all of the photos from my shoots before I set up the viewing for clients and authors. But sometimes, “outtakes” sneak in there, and we all have a good laugh about how ridiculous a picture came out, or how cute it was, or how god awful the lighting was, etc. What’s my point?


Hell, most of us aren’t perfect.. ever really. There will always be photos that either make us cringe, or that we know we just can NOT show. There will always be things that happen during shoots, that will definitely be talked about during the next shoot. Like that one time I almost lit Shannon on fire.. (read: tea-lights are NOT steady on carpet), or that other time I didn’t realize I had the WRONG hand cuff key (thankfully, that was realized before we put them on..). So here are a few examples of how I am, most definitely, 1000%, NOT a perfect photographer, or even close really.

The most common thing my models are used to hearing out of my mouth? “Let me test my lighting”. Why? Because this:

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Like really? what IS that.. I should know better, right? Of course I do, but sometimes, I’ll be way too into the shoot, and we will go from inside to outside, or vice versa, and 10 pictures later, I’m like “NO! SHIT! I forgot to readjust my settings”. Why? Because I’m human.

Then there’s the “Let’s try this! It’ll be AWESOME”… except it’s not.. it’s terrible.. and we should have never done it.. but hey.. it was a good.. thought.. right?

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sorry for almost drowning you, Jamie.

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and sorry for almost sinking you in Mud, Ali.

Then there’s the focus problems.. not really problems? just the.. yeah okay.. i forgot to focus, things moved, and oops.

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because everyone loves a blurry mad hatter..

Of course no shoot of mine is complete without a puppybomb. All my models have had the pleasure of meeting my barking pack. And they just love the camera..

Meet Roxy, my first baby/assistant:

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Then there’s Zoey, who is pretty much petrified of life, but loved Trazia:

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And then there’s Sky.. the baby of the group, who just wants love.. from EVERYONE. ALL. THE. TIME.

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I should mention, that I have given these 3 a boost towards their modeling careers. Roxy is going on one book, and Sky and Zoey will be going on two each. Cutie girls <3

But hey.. we have fun.

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And at the end of the day.. a nap never hurts.

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