I kept thinking, "If I'm to take portraiture for myself, I'd much prefer males." It's probably my non-conformist mind talking. Beautiful as they may be, it's always female portraits that gets shown a lot; it's getting sickening. I also think males are easier to work with. But enough of that. I'd rather focus on practicing instead of day-dreaming.
The good thing is that he's my co-worker (I have a day job) and he seems to be fine taking my random requests. I simply brought my camera to work and asked him to sit/lie/stand on a spot, as I take pictures. Of course, it's an unspoken agreement that I give him copies of whatever I can come up with.
And then comes the bad. This was a wake-up call. Taking pictures of myself seems to be easier despite dashing in front of the camera all the time. At least, I can still take all the time setting up stuff and just hit the shutter button when I'm ready. It's different when another person is my subject. I find myself uncomfortable having him to wait too long just for me to get things done... for just one picture.
Of course, I can only come up with what I currently know. I verbally expressed that it's my first time and I know very very little about photography. I was just hoping I could just come up with good snap shots. So instead of experimenting, I'd rather stick to what I know this time.
What surprised me is when I uploaded them on my computer. The shots thought were promising ended up disappointing me. Meanwhile, the shots I ignored at first glance (on my camera's LCD) were the ones that got my attention for good. Now I wonder, "Am I really this bad just relying on luck?" This session upset me 'cause it made me realize how far I still am from what I want to become. I know I can't be a can-shoot-them-all guy, but I could at least have had good results, I did practice a lot.
At the end of the day, my "model" was pleased with the pictures I gave him. I'm not happy with it, but his reactions to my work lifted up my spirits. It's not over yet. I promise to be better the next time I take his pictures.
I chose the B&W for variety. But he chose this to be his favorite. Oddly as it is, this was the most rejected picture I took as viewed through my camera's LCD screen.