I did a photo shoot with a model named Jennifer a few days ago, and it’s weird how photography distorts things. I’ve seen her in person from just a couple of feet away, and she’s a pretty girl, but you couldn’t tell it from some of the photos I have here. Check out this one, where the harsh lighting makes her look like she’s in her late 30’s or early 40’s.

There’s nothing wrong with being 40 years old, but Jennifer’s only 26, and glamour photography isn’t supposed to make women look older.

I have to keep reminding myself that this isn’t a glamour shoot. Another reminder of that comes from the fact that Jennifer is wearing the same clothes and striking the same casual pose in nearly all the shots. I wish I’d given her more direction. But I have to remind myself that this was about testing techniques, not getting glamour shots.

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