I have an adorable friend who knows that I shoot with a Nikon and apparently she thinks I drive one. After a good round of “huh?”, “what are you talking about?”- I get it; instead of a Toyota, she thought I owned a “Neekon”. It was so ridiculous (awesome), that it just sort’a stuck.
Today we encounter hybrid chatter and acronym hurling, but it all works out. We communicate, we are confused, we break the code, and we finally get it.
There are specific words that just work when guiding my subject in a photo session. Seems I’ve developed my own dictionary. I replace words and their meaning and tweak them further. It’s similar to Meghan Trainor’s adorable song All About That Bass (referencing bottom heavy girls) …with lyrics “no treble” (referencing top heavy girls). I try to keep it simple so if I ever have an opportunity to photograph you, I might ask that you “kick out your Beyonce” or “move your cupcakes” all to keep you on your toes. If I need a specific facial expression, I might ask you to give me Saucy, Sassy and throw in a “meow” or two. It's all in fun and I find that it relaxes my subject.
So bootie, boom-boom, bottom, top, junk, and bat your feathers…it all works. (I hope I did not throw you off).
Remember, when I travel to your location shoot, I am the one driving the black Neekon.