Monday, October 29, 2007

Get some CONF...


This is an expression we used to use in high school. Mainly in situations where CONFIDENCE did not come easy. Like when you wanted to awkwardly approach that cute boy from your geometry class, but deep down you knew there wasn't a prayer with him because you were a foot taller and let's be honest...pretty homely.

Well, last night I needed someone to tell me to "get some CONF"! Most of you know I LOVE taking pictures, but only some of you know that I get REALLY, REALLY nervous.

Last night, Troy and I drove out to Newport Beach to take some pictures of our friends. For some reason, I was VERY nervous. I think it is because I always want to do a good job, but I freak out. Also, I am TERRIBLE at taking charge and directing people to do things.

At any rate, I froze up with anxiety and did not feel like I did my best work. For my own benefit, here are some things I learned and some things I liked.

Things I Learned:

* Daylight is valuable. It ran out too soon.
* When you are at the beach with a family dressed in beach colors, it would be nice to get the water in the shot.
* Take more close-ups of the smiling baby.
* Don't be afraid to try new poses.
* Get more "candid" shots of family interactions.
* Try not to cut off feet.

Things I Liked:

* How attractive my "models" were.
* Seeing the sunset
* Being with friends
* The shot of Baby Will's feet with mom and dad in the background.




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14 comments:

Amanda Jane said...

Hey that's my little brother! what a funny coincidence I looked at your blog today. Ali, youa re amazing at this stuff, you should oooze confidence!

Heidi said...

the pictures look really good. have more conf...your great at taking pictures!

Katie said...

Ali you are really good thank you and we had such a great time. We love you guys so much we decided you should move back here so we can spend more fun moments together and we would love to have you take more pic's of us whenever you need people to practice on.

sheena said...

Stop it! You have no reason to doubt yourself!! You always do such a good job and make it look so easy!!

But it's just like we talked about....we're always so much more critical of ourselves! You did awesome!!

Melissa said...

I understand where you are coming from - but you should know that you did a great job! I always get nervous about stuff too - even just going to work in the morning. Weird, but when you try to do your best at something you just don't want to fall short. You definitely did an awesome job - so try to work up more confidence - but its hard to change a person's make up! I haven't been successful

Oler Family said...

Ali those pictures are darling! I especially love the one with the sand on the baby's feet! too cute! You are so hard on yourself! If my pictures turned out that good I'd be entering myself in contests!!!

Abi said...

You take great pictures. I know what you mean about wanting it to be perfect. Don't worry so much. I often daydream about being able to take photo's like yours!

ps. I tagged you check out my blog

9380 Jasper Drive said...

One beach family photo shoot down, one more on the way. Don't forget that we are coming to town in June of '08. Sometimes I think thats all Chad thinks about! I'm really looking forward to a photo session. We can swap turns. Not that I know how to use your camera but I'll give it a whirl. See no pressure!!

Ben and Shara said...

Comf? What? Since when does the bold and beautiful Ali need some comf. You always won the boy between us. I always had your leftovers. Ali get a spine he he. You have talent with your pictures beyond your imagination. And you are getting better by the day. You are amazing. Plus the last time I saw pictures of you in a bikini, you looked hot. Yes, for everyone's information, Ali wore a bikini! And she pulled it off like Miss America representing California. he he

ali degraff said...

shara...all I have to say to that is EEEWWWW. I don't remember a time....

jana739 said...

Hey Ali, I saw one of your comments is from the oler family...Do you mind telling me where they are from or what their first names are? That is my maiden name.

ali degraff said...

Hey jana - Michelle and Jesse Oler. They are from Canada...alberta, i think.

summer said...

I don't see what is wrong with the pictures. They are great. The one of them all on the rocks smiling could be a perfect Christmas card! You should have some CONF with all your great work. Don't short yourself ever!!!

Wilson said...

Ali I thought the pics were great! By the way I tagged you! Check out my blog for more details