Well here are the photos from my so called professional photo shoot in Paris. The photographer sent me roughy 6o plus photos and I could only use six. And even these six photos required heavy retouching and color correcting. Though there was nothing I could do about the harsh shadows on my face, no amount of retouching can correct this.
Shooting in direct sunlight at 11:00 AM with a wide angle lens is not how to shoot a portraiture. This photographer is obviously inexperienced, despite claiming to work professionally for magazines. Or worse: she didn’t give a rats ass on making her client look good. It seemed her only goal was to make sure the background was in focus. Well anyone can get these results with a high end point and shoot.
Again these decisions come from a lack of experience. She also seemed to be rushing through the shoot and seemed annoyed when I could not find the meeting place
In addition the photos were grainy. When I zoomed in they were heavily speckled which is grain, and generally occurs when shooting in low light and using a high ISO. Higher ISO’s cause grain. But shooting at the brightest part of the day and using a high ISO? Well probably because she was shooting at high F Stop to get everything in focus and had to compensate with a higher ISO. Again these decisions come from a lack of experience. She also seemed to be rushing through the shoot, walking ahead of me, and seemed annoyed when I could not find the meeting place. And she even had the nerve to contact me and ask me to leave a good review.
I found this photographer on AIR BNB, and I must say my experiences with AIR BNB this trip were not good. Between the photographer and the host I rented the flat from, it was nothing but stress and negativity. I will share more about my experiences in another post, but I have been burned and will no longer use AIR BNB. At least not for the for seeable future. I discovered a couple of photographers on Instagram who seem to work in Paris during Fashion Week. If I go to Paris next year I just may reach out. Here’s hoping next years trip will be less stressful.0