On being behind the camera

I’ve been lagging soooo behind on my picture duties. I’ve just now finally wrapped up the picture processing of Kevin and Katina’s wedding from mid-December (see here for their engagement pictures from last summer and here for pictures of the bride getting dressed), and I can’t wait to share the rest of the shots with you guys! (Katina was glowing. Kevin was dashing. Etc, etc.)

Consequently (since I’m trying to deal with my pictures in chronological order so I don’t get confused all to heck with where I stand), I haven’t made it through any of the Christmas pictures (except for the small batch of James shots), or the complete batch of New Years photos.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you may remember that every year we celebrate the New Year with the same group of friends, and a merry group it is!

I love those guys. Some of them we see throughout the year, and some we only see once, at this party. Due to some pressure from facebook and my own inherent guilt, I finally threw a couple dozen or so pictures up on facebook, with the promise to go through them all later and actually get the complete set made public (task completed as of Monday!). As I doing my quick intial scan of the oodles of pictures, selecting a few here and a few there for immediate sharing, I was thrilled that there were a couple good shots of me and my husband!

(by the way, isn’t my husband’s nose fabulously straight? I hereby wish that nose and that nose only upon any future children of ours)

Being the girl behind the camera at most events in my life, there aren’t that many pictures of me–probably less than 0.01% of the total pictures taken with my lovely Nikon. And having a slightly weird face when it comes to the camera (don’t worry, I’m at peace with my face–it’s just not at peace with a lens), there are even less good pictures of me.

I also feel bad asking anyone to take pictures of me, first because I’m still slightly self-conscious (“will they think I’m, like, super vain???”), and second because I have to explain how to use the camera in order to obtain a focused, non-blurry, generally A-OK shot (“you can rotate this part of the lens to zoom in; yes, you have to look through the eye-hole-thingy instead of just looking at the screen; press halfway down on this button to focus, then the rest of the way down to shoot, but don’t hold your finger there after shooting because it will keep shooting and could burn out the flash; it you want to take a vertical shot you need to rotate the head of the external flash like so so that it points towards the ceiling and bounces off at the right angle . . .”). And frankly, that’s got to be kind of annoying to the poor person designated to take my/our picture. And in the process, I end up feeling like a micro-managing, controlling female fiend.

So thank you to whoever took these!

I think it was Liz.

They make me happy, and my nose doesn’t look 5 miles long. Yay!

More pictures to come!

13 thoughts on “On being behind the camera

  1. Liz

    You’re welcome, Jenna! As a fellow photog I don’t have many good pictures of myself either. I can relate to this post! In addition to me grabbing your Nikon, I do remember Laura taking a few shots of you two. I was so excited to see the lovey dovey shots you got of me and my Beau. Thank YOU for posting them on Facebook! Cheers!

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  2. Suzie

    You trying to explain how to work your camera to someone had me laughing, because I know exactly what you’re talking about! I did finally buy a remote for mine and I love it, I get alot of use out of it. Great pics of you and your hubby :)

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  3. Veronica Miller

    Aw, I love the pics of you two, and LOVE love the dress you wore. It’s nice when you get the gumption to ask someone to shoot your picture b/c it’s a bit of a bummer to look back on the pics and not find yourself in any of them. Glad Liz helped you out!

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  4. Ann

    I’m the same way – I don’t take good pictures….I’m fine with it, but I’m also aware of it. That being said, you look lovely standing next to the guy with the straight nose!

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  5. Tonya

    LOVE those photos of you guys! Especially the black and white one, what an amazing, joyful, love-filled moment caught in time!
    I hear ya on the “Here can you take our photo? No, you have to put your eye up to the little square. Yes, I know it’s blurry, just press down and it will clear up. No, don’t give me the camera back, you haven’t taken a photo yet, it didn’t make a click noise. No, there is no zoom button just twist the…nevermind.” Good thing Dale has long arms, we just take pics of ourselves. WAIT, not true, lately little Miss Destiny has done an oh-so fabulous job taking pics of her momma and daddy! :)

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