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Bringing Photography’s Sexy Back

How to be a sexy photographer

Her photography skills bring all the girls to the yard and they're like, "you have perfect shutter speed and aperture for this lighting."

Feeding the people at the very end of fast food lines, clothing those who missed the last department store blowout sale, making street performers dance the robot – there are many important acts of charity that we’re called to daily.

But is any more important than bringing the sexy back to photography?

I think not.

Thankfully, Rosemary was at Robby’s Annual Christmas Party, doing everything she could.

Robby's 9th Annual Christmas Party

She likes to snap it, snap it. (The photo, that is.)

And it was no small effort.

There was clicking and posing and lighting and bending.

(It was sorta like a lightening bug swing dance.)

(Which needs to be made into a Pixar movie immediately.)

(Your move, John Lasseter.)

Robby's 9th Annual Christmas Party

Voulez-vouz be photographed avec moi, ce soir?

Thus was sexy returned to photography, and all was right with the world.

Until roughly 12.3 seconds after this photo was taken, when I tackled Rosemary and forced to her pose with me again and again and again.

And if you think I’m exaggerating with my use of the word “tackled,” well, there is photographic evidence.

I’m just not sure I’m ready to show it to the world.

Clearly I’m in charge of bringing awkward back

And I’m doing quite well, if I do say so myself,


Also check out 2009’s party, aka the last year I asked anyone what’s going on in their lives, and 2010’s party, aka the year of the sexy Santa hat.

If you still can’t get enough of awkwardness and high school friends, then here’s where I wrote about being too weird for gift exchanges. The following year there was a similar incident, cementing our roles as gift exchange outcasts.

And if you don’t want to read any of those, you should definitely click the Pixar link above, because Pixar always brings the awesome.

{ 47 comments… add one }

  • John January 3, 2012, 9:59 am

    Yay, for the sexy back in photography! Because I’m afraid that I was looking at a lens to turn the iPhone into a DSLR.

    We need to see the tackle.

    And awkward is always sexy, Megan. Always.

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:39 pm

      I’m pretty sure I need to make an “Awkward is Always Sexy” t-shirt.

  • Katie January 3, 2012, 10:04 am

    You never cease to crack me up! Happy New Year!

  • Maureen January 3, 2012, 10:55 am

    You can’t tell us about the tackle picture and then not show it. That is just cruel.

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:36 pm

      That is true. Okay, okay, you’ve convinced me. The tackle photo will make a Best of Fates appearance in the near future!

  • Amanda Austin January 3, 2012, 11:49 am

    Sexy may come and go, but awkward never goes out of style.

    I covet good photographers. I feel like good photography is what’s keeping my blog from hitting the big time.

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:35 pm

      Awkward never goes out of style.

      Can I steal that? ‘Cause I’m totally going to.

      And I bet your photography is great – you should show us more of it!

  • Bodaciousboomer January 3, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I just got a new camera for Christmas; but it’ll take a while before I get to your level.

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:32 pm

      Yay! And don’t worry, reaching my level is easy, as, probably, is surpassing it!

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor January 3, 2012, 2:31 pm

    Your annual Christmas parties are just begging to be made into a movie. Kind of like Alan Alda’s “Same Time Next Year” only more like “Same Awkwardness Next Year”.

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:31 pm

      Same Awkwardness Next Year is a smashing title. I’m most definitely going to steal it.

  • JohnD January 3, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Just being a pedant, I know, bt that French expression really should should be ” Aimeriez-vous photographié Soyez avec moi ce soir?”

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:27 pm

      Who doesn’t love pedants? Now I’m going to make far more sense when I approach strangers on the street requesting photographs.

  • nursemyra January 3, 2012, 3:34 pm

    your friend Rosemary is a stunner. or maybe her photographer is very talented 😉

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:23 pm

      Both, obviously!

  • Abby January 3, 2012, 4:14 pm

    I wanna be a sexy photographer! I have the camera, I have the sexy…I just don’t have the skills. Sigh.

    • Megan January 3, 2012, 8:23 pm

      Just practice more – I have faith in you!

  • Pamela January 3, 2012, 5:18 pm

    Who are you, funny girl, and how did I find you? 🙂 It matters not, I just enjoy coming over for a giggle now and then. Happy New Year!

  • Vincent January 3, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Will it only matter for inside shots that they are making cameras with huge megapixels. Or will it matter a hoot.

  • abby January 3, 2012, 6:26 pm

    I want a new camera and I’m hoping I get a new one sometime soon.

    Belated New Year’s !

  • Carrie January 3, 2012, 8:37 pm

    After all the crap I ate over the holidays, I don’t even think any photography-ish stuff I did could be sexy right now.

    Maybe bloated. Maybe all swoll-up…but not sexy.

    However, I’m on pins and needles waiting to see all that awkwardity you’re bringing back!!!

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts January 3, 2012, 9:33 pm

    Now I have to worry about sexy as well as in focus and well lit? I think perhaps I’m not going to go far with photography :p

  • alonewithcats January 3, 2012, 11:37 pm

    I wish I were that tripod.

    • Megan January 4, 2012, 1:30 pm

      Oh yeah you do. (Only probably not, because it’s Robby’s tripod, so that story wouldn’t end the way you hope.)

  • Kimberly January 4, 2012, 12:57 am

    you wouldn’t be doing sexy camera if you had mine. Stupid Nikon. It ruined a lot of my Christmas photos. And it just wasn’t because of the operator because she is always sexy…and by her I mean me…

    • Megan January 4, 2012, 1:31 pm

      You are always sexy. I cannot speak for your Nikon, who so tragically let you down. (Or for me, as I’m too tired and cold to figure out if Nikon is the subject of that sentence, vis-a-vis use of who v. whom. Also, I’m still a crazy person, in case you were wondering.)

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 4, 2012, 9:44 am

    I’m going to insist there be sexy photography at every one of my parties from now on. Actually any photography would be an improvement. Happy New Year!

  • Maureen | Tatter Scoops January 4, 2012, 10:05 am

    Awesome photos 😀 Happy New Year!

  • alissa apel January 4, 2012, 11:11 am

    Most definitely a sexy hobby!

  • alissa apel January 4, 2012, 11:11 am

    …and profession!

  • Melonie January 4, 2012, 12:07 pm

    OMG, the captions made me laugh. So. Epic.

    • Megan January 4, 2012, 1:32 pm

      Thanks! They’re often my favorite part of my posts. You know, when I stop being lazy enough to actually do them!

  • michelle @ one crafty mama January 4, 2012, 12:26 pm

    Oh my, what a crack up you are. I loved your line about bringing awkward back. LOL! Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi.

  • Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) January 4, 2012, 12:32 pm

    You take on the world girl and soar with the eagles. Ya go…bring back sexy, awkward and funny as all get~out!!!

    I just wanted to thank you for droppin’ by with your sweet comment. Please come back often, the door of the Ponderosa is always open and there’s always somethin’ goin’ on.

    Be careful, ya just might need to bring some manure stompin’ boots!

    God bless ya sweetie and have a grand New Year!!!

  • julie gardner January 4, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I’m in awe of her aperture.

    And soooo jealous you speak French.

  • Nami January 4, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Couldn’t help but notice that Robbie (a.k.a. Lobby) borrowed his shirt from the sofa. Now THAT’S what I call sexy. I do want to see the awkward tackle, by the way. I do, I do, I do.

  • Lorrie January 4, 2012, 1:56 pm

    Reading your post just cracked me up! However, it was kind of mean to tease us with tackling and then not showing the pictures!

  • Mallory January 4, 2012, 2:41 pm

    Awww come on you know you want to post those pictures.

  • Melanie @ Whimsical Creations January 4, 2012, 3:06 pm

    You crack me up. Looks and sounds like a fun party!

  • Lauren January 4, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Oh man, I don’t even know these people (or you for that matter), but I’m cracking up over here in dark Virginia! I’m so glad to have found you and to have some help bringing awkward back…here I was afraid I’d have to do it all on my own.

  • SpilledInkGuy January 4, 2012, 5:58 pm

    Je suis totalement abusé Google Translate dans une tentative pathétique de me rendre semblent un peu plus intelligemment. Que j’ai réalisé “Google Translate” ne se traduit pas quelque chose qui sonne très français. À tous. Fail.

  • Jennifer January 4, 2012, 6:17 pm

    And that’s why I’m looking for a new DSLR: because I want to be sexy. Too sexy for this shirt. I want to be part of the “Bringing Sexy Back… To Photography” movement! 😉 Happy New Year, to you and yours and thanks for visiting my blog today, otherwise, I wouldn’t have known what I was missing: your blog!

  • Alicia January 4, 2012, 6:24 pm

    LOL..I want to see that picture!!!

  • Teresha@ Marlie and Me January 4, 2012, 7:54 pm

    can we switch places for a weekend? I just want to relive being a twentysomething and going to cool parties for just a couple of days then I swear I’ll come back to my husbands and kid and being pregnant!

  • Heather January 4, 2012, 9:01 pm

    “I’m Sexy and I Know It” – by LMFAO

  • Do Sweat the Small Stuff January 4, 2012, 9:10 pm

    Wow, that’s certainly qualified as bringing the sexy back to photography if I may say so myself! I agree with the rest, you must show the ‘tackle’ pics next! Looked like you all had a blast at that party, and for that I am so jealous. lol

    Visiting you back from my lil’ humble blog. Thanks for stopping by earlier!

  • Hannah January 4, 2012, 10:18 pm

    Please, please, please post the photos. Life is so much better when we’re all laughing together 😀

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