Can I just say …

… that I really hate Hate HATE having my picture taken?

Sheri
Sheri photo by Kate Kamphuis

It’s not the usual thing: I don’t especially think I look noticeably more fat, or ugly, or goofy, or old, or pathetic, or stiff, or goofy, or unfashionable, or pale, or out-of-shape, or unhip, or (did I say goofy?) than the next person.

GRÜBS group photo by Kate Kamphuis
GRÜBS group photo by Kate Kamphuis

I just think it’s dead dog boring to stand around while the usual random dude with a camera says: “OK OneTwoThree OhCrap BetterTakeASafetyShot CanYouPleaseDon’tBlink IThinkICutOffYourHead NowYouTakeOneOnMyPhone…”

All while I’m supposed to be smiling …  spontaneously.

Jason photo by Kate Kamphuis
Jason photo by Kate Kamphuis

That, and it takes forever.

Or, at least, I hated it until I agreed to be part of our band photo shoot with Kate Kamphuis.

More GRÜBS portraits by Kate Kamphuis
More GRÜBS portraits by Kate Kamphuis

She’s a freaking genius.  And …  it was actually really fun.

One evening last month, she marched us around the Simpson Garden Park, and set us up in various configurations with various ukuleles.  She was encouraging, matter-of-fact and decisive, and (best) she was FAST!

uke photo by Kate Kamphuis
uke photo by Kate Kamphuis

So, now we have pictures—really good pictures—of the band, and of our ukuleles, and I have a new appreciation for the very real difference between the usual random dude with a camera and a real professional photographer.

photo of assorted ukes on bench by Kate Kamphuis
photo of assorted ukes on bench by Kate Kamphuis