6.14.2012

excuse me, may I take some photos?

There's this cute little bakery beneath the bauer lofts where I live that's also a part of a restaurant with the same name. I've been meaning to take some photos of the place before I move (it's amazing inside!), but keep losing the nerve to ask. Sometimes I feel like such a dork being like, "Excuse me, may I take some photos?", even though I know it'd be the perfect place for some pretty great shots. One time I tried to take a photo in another bakery, and a customer walked up to me and said, "Why would you take a photo of bread?", oh boy... To all you professionals out there, how do you just "get over it" and snap away?

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  1. I am definitely not a professional, but maybe just reassure yourself that the worst thing that could happen is them saying "no". They might think you're strange or ask why but who cares what people think! Good luck!!

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  2. Very true Amy! I just need to go ahead and ask, lol...

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  3. I often would like to take photo's and feel the same way...I guess the more you do it the less nervous you would feel...maybe;)

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    1. True! I just need to ask and just do it!

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  4. That bemused customer asking about bread made me giggle. Some people just don't get it. "Umm... because bread is beautiful!"

    I think another thing to consider is that for every person that gets weirded out, there's going to be at least three that are flattered that you admire their whatever-you're-taking-a-picture-of enough to want to capture it. It would make my day if someone wanted to take a picture of me, my garden, etc.

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    1. That's so true! Never thought of it that way!

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  5. I hear ya! I'm the same way! Have you watched the documentary on Bill Cunningham? I mean the man is a legend and it shows people yelling at him when he tries to take photos sometimes (obvs, they have no idea of who he is and his greatness!), and he just laughs and moves on. I need to develop that attitude.

    xx
    Kecia

    http://www.couturezooblog.com/

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    1. Hahaha that's too funny. I haven't seen that documentary but I can just imagine, lol...

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  6. I love this shot Daniella! Want to see more :)

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  7. It's very hard for me too. Sometimes I never get the nerve, but I always regret it. But when I do, I like handing chatting them up a bit, & handing them a card (with my blog) & asking politely. I've got 'No' a few times. I won't lie, it hurts a bit but then I just move on.

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    1. That's true, I could bring Blogger cards along. Sometimes I wonder if it's better to have a card and be professional about it that way, or if people would be more apt to let you take pics if you just said it was for a project?

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  8. I don't know why taking photos of food is a strange act,and people always mocking us(Asian) for taking photos of food.Anyway,I usually snap it as quick as I can. Lucky for me, shops in Asia generally allow customer to take photos in their shop.

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    1. People do think it's weird, but I love it! I try to snap them super quick too, which doesn't always result in the best composition. Then i'm like, why didn't I just ask!

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  9. I know what you mean! I've gotten some crazy looks before for taking "random" pictures but they're worth it!

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  10. go for it - sometimes people are even proud, I was allowed to photograph at night while baking. this was fantastic..

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    1. Very true! That's so neat that you got to take some pictures of the night baking!

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  11. Just do it :) That person is an idiot and try not to let people like that make you feel silly. Its always polite to ask but sometimes you just gotta shoot and not care who's looking. I def remember the days of feeling nervous and the attention is brings, but that passes.

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    1. Yes, you're right! I just need to not care what anyone else is thinking, lol.

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  12. Oh, sometimes I lack the confidence to just start snapping pictures. Sigh. But that is a great idea to carry business/blogger cards to give if people ask.

    Have a great weekend!

    -Jenn

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    1. Yes, sounds like i'll have to get some printed!

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  13. Some people do think it's weird to take photos of food (and flowers, etc). They think like "It's sooooo ordinary". But I do it anyway. Sometimes, things are not so ordinary when you take photos. ;) I sometimes get scared, too, and lose the nerve when there's too many people in such an "ordinary" place.

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    1. Yes! It's the "ordinary" things that always look most beautiful when you really stop to take some photos of them.

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  14. I took a photo of a vegetable stand yesterday and a lady said something to her husband about my "taking a picture of tomatoes" like it was a bad thing. I wanted to turn around and tell her that those tomatoes were more beautiful than her grouchy face. Sometimes, you're so taken aback that it's hard to find something intelligent to say, though.

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    1. Ugh, nothing worse than when people are rude about it! She was probably just jealous that you could take a photos of produce of make it look good!

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  15. Ah - the Bauer Kitchen. I so wanted to try it on my recent visit but ran out of time. My friends love it there.
    J
    p.s. I usually just ask to take photos and most of the time people give me permission. Every once in a while they say no and it always surprises me a little. I find people are quite responsive if I give them a blogger business card. I say just go for it! What have you got to lose?

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    1. It's sooo good! You'll have to go next time! I should get some new blogger cards made up and just go ahead and ask. It's such a cool place!

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  16. This is precisely why I don't take photos! I am way too scared!

    Andrea x

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  17. ow, this place looks awesome!!! sometimes I´m really shy to ask someone if I can take pictures of the place, afraid of them to ask "for what" and for me there´s no other reply than "for my blog" LOL. So my technique is: I do not ask!! Hahaha.. I start buying something and then grab my camera and start shooting. It always worked for me, anyone had never said "stop, you can´t take photos here" yet :D Good luck for you!!!

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  18. ow, this place looks awesome!!! sometimes I´m really shy to ask someone if I can take pictures of the place, afraid of them to ask "for what" and for me there´s no other reply than "for my blog" LOL. So my technique is: I do not ask!! Hahaha.. I start buying something and then grab my camera and start shooting. It always worked for me, anyone had never said "stop, you can´t take photos here" yet :D Good luck for you!!!

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