Last Autumn I photographed Kate Jenkinson PhD, FCIPD for her Linked In profile and website etc. Kate hadn’t been comfortable being photographed under studio lights and after her first session we chatted about it and decided to do another session with a different approach… Like many people, Kate hates being photographed. A fairly random natural light session was going to be best. We started by taking headshots in Kate’s kitchen, wandered around Lymm, near Warrington where we both live and finished in the Coffee House, a fabulous café in the centre of the village. The natural light was perfect. As we worked, we chatted and chatted about life and poetry. After Kate had received her new headshot photographs she wrote this lovely poem for me. It’s the first time I’ve received a testimonial in poetry. It’s really beautiful and something to treasure. Scroll down below the poem to see the gallery.
Please don’t Take my photo And never say cheese I inwardly wince And I totally freeze
And don’t tell me you’re Taking it or that I look great I know you’re just lying And my face is a state!
I hate it so much My eyes close in disgust And I wrinkle my nose Then look like I’ve cussed
Which I probably have Because the image you take Is of some other person And it’s all a mistake
Your patience incredibly Relaxes my guard And then the pictures You capture Are natural and radiant I genuinely look Happy and carefree
You’ve done it Andrew! A photo of me Not self sabotaged Or staged or standoffish Thanks for your persistence, Conversation and coffee!
Reproduced with kind permission from Kate Jenkinson.