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Vietnam truly is beautiful. I envy how stunning the women look! When I was at Carabram at the Vietnam pavilion, they gave us each a copy of their magazine, The Viet Sun (Volume VI- July 2012). I fell in love with their beauty, style, fashion & lifestyle~

xoxo Dana

When I do a shoot, it’s like I’m shooting in a machine gun mode! The rapid fire of a machine gun is what you would hear when I’m doing a shoot! It’s such a bad habit I have!

Why? Because I end up with like 400+ photos from one session, where half of them are very similar, or its’ slight changes like the focal point, the focus or even the expression.

My biggest fear is not capturing THAT moment; the one photo where it makes me smile in content and think “Yup. This is it. This is WHY I’m at this shoot today.”

I’m always worried I’ll end up undershooting rather than overshooting. To me, overshooting is the reassurance that I know I’ll have more than enough photos. However, at the same time it will also take up all the space on my camera and at any given moment (because I shoot RAW all the time now), I’ve had moments where I stared at my camera screen in utter horror, reading “Memory Card Full” at the most CRUCIAL moment when I need that valued space and I recklessly will delete photos’, thinking I’ll be fine, when I don’t know if that’ll be the case.

After seeing a framedshow episode of Tanja, Ryan and Tia (, as well as some post-processing after shoots with some of my models (DJ and Bremely), they taught me a lot.

I’ve always wondered, or wish I could see ALL the photos from some of my favourite photographer’s sessions, to get an idea of how many photos they take, what they keep and how they choose.

It’s a very difficult process as well as a great lesson.

By taking the chance, you are making yourself choose what you truly want in your photos, you want variety in your shots where every shot is truly its own. This is really taking your photos and making them each individual, different and unique.

At the end of the day, even if I just have that ONE amazing photo, or if I’m lucky a small handful, I’m thrilled! I do worry about what others think, from how many photo’s are they hoping to have to thinking “is this a waste of my time for only a few shots?”

How do you deal with it?~

xoxo Dana

Do photographers’ have a fear of being infront of the camera? I know I have it! I still cringe at the thought and run away, hiding behind other people and insisting “no no, let me take the photo instead so you can be in it!”.

“Why isn’t this person using a better angle?”

“Ugh, this is my bad side.”

“PLEASE just let me take the photo myself.”

“Why aren’t you turning the camera sideways to get everyone?”

“Why didn’t you zoom in more?!”


“Can I just photoshop myself into the group photos instead?”

These are all the typical thoughts that run through my head everytime I’m forced to be in front of the camera. I feel uncomfortable, self-conscious, and just weird. Is this how all my models feel when I’m taking their photo?  If so, then my bad!

You learn a lot getting the perspective of both the model and the photographer.

  • It’s very easy to direct as a photographer
  • a lot of pressure on the model to make that photo happen
  • photographer’s have to be comfortable with directing their model
  • model’s have to feel comfortable enough in front of the camera to act natural
  • both sides can have high expectations of the other and for themselves

However, I’m starting to let myself get used to it. When my friends use my Nikon, or when they have their camera’s out, I’ll allow them to photograph me IF I’m in the photo with someone else. Old habits die hard though, and I still find myself covering my face, and suddenly turning away quickly from the lens. But, I guess everyone should take a chance~

If I can, I bet you can too! =D

After all, with friends, it’s better than an intimidating one-on-one, and it can bring out the best in you, smiles and all.

xoxo Dana

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