The Other Side of the Camera: Personal

It’s a well-known fact that photographers do not like to be photographed. I certainly fit into this category as the kind of person who practically breaks out into a cold sweat at the thought of having professional pictures taken. After a few years of hearing my mother-in-law’s statements that we didn’t have any family pictures since the weddings, I broke down and scheduled a portrait session for the Mitchells. I called one of my good friends and talented photographer, Ashley, and asked her if she was up to the task. 

I suppose that it’s good for me to experience what my clients experience. I felt the panic when trying to decide what 6 people should wear in a group picture. I heard myself repeating some of the same things that I silently chuckle at when I hear my clients say them to their families. “Mike, please behave.”  “Mike, please don’t make that face.”  “My hair looks terrible. Stupid Florida humidity.” Somehow, we survived the experience and ended up with some nice portraits that are recent and don’t involve big wedding gowns and tuxedos.

While we were at it, I asked Ashley to take a few shots of me by myself so I could use them on my website, blog, etc. It was funny when I was going through the files on my computer. I’ve been told my whole life that I look just like my mom. I’ve never thought so, but recently I have started to see the resemblance. The very last photo in this post kind of scared me. I thought, “I am officially my mother.” Thankfully, I have a beautiful mom, so I take it as a compliment when people compare me to her, but it’s strange to see myself start to look more and more like her!

So next time I’m shooting a portrait session, I will remember my fears and feelings during my shoot, and have a little better understanding of how my clients are feeling. Now I just have to schedule another family portrait session for the Salas side….


The “kids”.


The whole crew. Mike’s parents, brother and sister-in-law.

img_06511Brothers :)

I always wanted a sister growing up. I had to wait 22 years, but I finally have one now.


heidimitchell - Haha! I knew I loved Kenny!July 7, 2009 – 9:02 pm

Julie Townsend - Heidi, these pictures are beautiful! I love the graduations ones too. I am showing them to Kenny and he keeps saying Heidi so pretty. What can I say the boy has great taste!July 7, 2009 – 8:35 pm

Jessica Rhoads - All these pictures have one thing in common, warmth and love! It’s simple, you all look sincerely happy & loved…in the end that’s all one needs right? Well thats what I think anyhow! Have a wonderful Day!
BTW: For not liking to be photographed, you put on a good front because they turned out very good! :) Ashley did well.June 28, 2009 – 6:47 pm

Ashley McCormick Photography - Hooray! I love them :) I kinda want to use them for my site, can I have them back?? lol

You know I will definitely be there for the Salas side. And I LOVE the last photo, you look beautiful :)June 28, 2009 – 3:49 pm

Heather Bennett-Seitz - I totally agree about the last picture…whoh, you do look like her…good thing she’s beautiful and still looks young!June 28, 2009 – 2:53 am

Stephanie Dunn - These are really good pics-love the one of you laughing. Super good job Ashley!June 27, 2009 – 11:46 pm