#6 Don’t Poop Where You Eat
Back in March of 2014, I took this phenomenal photo. One of the best photos I’ve ever taken still to this day. It’s the one photo that whenever people see my website this is the photo I get compliments for. There’s just one problem with it… That’s my ex-girlfriend in the photo.
I’m getting into advertising now; I have a Facebook ad out and it’s doing pretty well for it’s intended purpose and it has me wanting to make more. Now with these ads I want to put my best work out there so obviously this photo will be involved in some way shape or form. I just feel weird doing that.
The thing is I have a love/hate connection to this photo. When I see this photo I don’t just see it for what it is, I see the story behind making it. The creation of it, the help she gave me when I was editing it, the entire process before/after this photo involve the subject of it and now that we’re no longer together that story feels weird to reminisce on.
My ex helped me a lot when it came to my photography, she was all over my website when it was first made. Mostly because she was my light test, my composition test, my posing test… She did a lot for me. I was able to get rid of most of her photos through improvement and better photography, but I haven’t been able to get rid of this one. I think it’ll be a while before I can even take it off the front page because of how great a photo it is.
And maybe that’s a good thing. Because I probably wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today as a photographer or a person if it wasn’t for her. And even though it ended poorly and got even worse after, I still owe a lot to her.