James Bretz Tag

matty_3.18.11_ 093 It's usually one of the first things out if my mouth after I've taken the time to carefully configure all my lights and I'm pulling my camera up to my face to start a portrait session, "just be you." Sure, it's a simple request, but I think it's one that passes right over the head of most people. What does it mean telling someone to "be yourself" in a world where most people are trying to be, act, talk, and dress like all the Kens and Barbies gracing every page of every magazine? In other words, they wake up and go to sleep trying to be everything but themselves, so what's the point of asking them to be who they are? Are you asking them to act in truth or a lie at that point?! I'm speaking in gross generalities, but I think you understand what I'm getting to.