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08/11/2004 02:38:12 PM · #1
I am a former Marine and I actually still work for the Marine Corps. I take a lot of pictures of work events and this year the command asked me to take the official Marine Corps Ball portraits. I am not a professional and barely an amateur, so I am a little nervous. It's a good chance for me to make some money and my wife said I could buy the Kodak 8500 photo printer so I can print right there at the event. I really want to do it, but I am a really scared about screwing up. Should I take the leap and do it or should I pass and offer my services for next year. I pretty much have all the equipment I need - soft boxes, backdrops, etc.. If I do say yes I hope you all will be ready for a plethora of questions leading up to the ball. If you aren't familiar with ball pictures then go to the link below to see how the majority of them look. They are pretty generic, so it shouldn't be too hard... hopefully. I will probably be taking between 100 and 150 formal portraits if I accept the job.

Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated.

Marine Ball Pictures
08/11/2004 02:46:30 PM · #2
Go for it or you'll regret it later.
08/11/2004 02:46:43 PM · #3
You must go forward. It is an opportunity that can not be missed. Ask yourself what you have to lose. The way I see it is that you will gain invaluable experience doing this at the least.
08/11/2004 03:00:51 PM · #4
Definitely go for it, especially if you've got lighting gear! Seems like a terrific opportunity.
08/11/2004 03:00:52 PM · #5
One thing to remember.... if it doesn't turn out well the first time you will know it and you can retake the photo. You don't have to wait for them to be developed. Good luck and I suggest you go for it too.
08/11/2004 03:02:55 PM · #6
Definitely take the opportunity.

You'll blow their socks off.
08/11/2004 03:04:21 PM · #7
If you hesitate, you may regret it later! Grasp the chance and work your subjects like a professional. Take a few shots early on in the evening and check your results, by the time it gets going full swing you will be feeling more confident and know the pics will be okay. Good Luck and let us see some of the photos next week.
08/11/2004 03:12:47 PM · #8
Thanks for the support... I knew you all would push me to say yes.

The ball isn't until November, so I have some time to get ready. I'll be asking a lot of lighting and posing questions as it draws near, so be ready...

Thanks again, I truly appreciate all of your positive attitudes. I am a pretty positive person, but I find it easy to doubt myself when venturing into something like this. I know I can get all the support out here from all my "virtual" friends.
08/11/2004 03:16:45 PM · #9
I'm laughing about the irony of this topic... I'm trying to picture a marine being scared of taking a few little ol' pictures of people. Give him a bucket of water and he'll charge hell, but give him a camera and a few lights and a couple of people, and he's scared to death :-)

Blessings on ya,
Mike
08/11/2004 03:22:59 PM · #10
Originally posted by toddhead:

The ball isn't until November

aw, hell, when have the marines ever had this long to plan anything...
we should all be so lucky to get paid to do something we're capable of and have plenty of time to practice

i'm cryin for ya. now get out there and kill some pixels! good luck, soldier!
08/11/2004 03:36:16 PM · #11
I just want to say be confident.Read all you can on the subject and you will be fine.This could be a big step in your life.
Good Luck
08/11/2004 03:44:28 PM · #12
Of course, do it, and get an assistant for the printing and admin.
08/11/2004 03:54:37 PM · #13
Yes, yes, yes! Do it! In the meantime... practice ALOT! That way, when the time comes, you'll be confident, you'll do a great job, and you might even enjoy yourself. And remember, a confident photographer puts his subjects at ease, a must for successful portraiture [or so I hear].

Congratulations on this wonderful opportunity!
08/11/2004 03:55:53 PM · #14
A back up plan is always a good idea though. Not sure if you have a duplicate camera body, etc - but the one thing you can count on is something will fail when you need it.
08/11/2004 04:03:55 PM · #15
Originally posted by skief:

I'm laughing about the irony of this topic... I'm trying to picture a marine being scared of taking a few little ol' pictures of people. Give him a bucket of water and he'll charge hell, but give him a camera and a few lights and a couple of people, and he's scared to death :-)

Blessings on ya,
Mike


Yeah, but if it goes poorly, he'd have all the other Marines pissed off. There's incentive to perform.

BTW, You should do it.

Message edited by author 2004-08-11 16:04:29.
08/11/2004 05:04:21 PM · #16
Thankfully, I work with a bunch of computer geek Marines, so the worst they can do is shut down my e-mail!

I can say this because I am one too!

Message edited by author 2004-08-11 21:29:28.
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