October 14, 2007:
I had a nice Senior Portrait session with Micke (pronounced MIKE) this day. I must say it was a bit of a challenge. You see, I’m the type of person who will spark up a conversation with just anyone about anything. So, I didn’t see this one coming…
Micke’s mom comes into my studio and the first thing (pretty much) she says is “He doesn’t like to smile.” So I’m thinking – GREAT! What the heck do I do now? Well I wasn’t nervous at all until then.
Don’t get me wrong, Micke is a nice guy, it’s just that not only does he not smile much, he doesn’t speak much either. So, what will we talk about? How do I get him to unwind and relax? How do I not screw this up?
Then it came to me! Comedy! Everyone likes comedy. Humor always break the ice.
So, I reached into the depths of my mind and pulled out some of my best comedic material…that ought to get him right?! (Wrong) I thought – he should be rolling on the floor laughing with this material! This is Grade A Hollywood stand-up stuff! Nope. Nothing. Not even a giggle.
Then I really got nervous.
The short story is he eventually did unwind and we had a nice session, and I was able to get just one (tiny) smile out of him for his mom’s photo -(center image/last photo). The rest of them were all Micke…and I have to say I really like how they give him a pensive, mature nature.
My confirmation that he approved of the photos was not until they came back in to look at the proofs and he picked quite a few (almost all) of the shots for a Softcover Brag Book I designed for him. I also provided him with a CD of images to use on his Myspace.com pages. Mom got her one (smiling photo) and everyone was happy. (Whew!)
I liked the brag book so much, I ordered two (one studio sample). Above are three pages from Micke’s Brag Book.
Micke thanks for the opportunity (and for the single smile).
Good luck in your future endeavors!