Girls Stealing Cameras

 

Snap Snap Snap

I shoot a few more photos of my friend and take a look on the LCD screen on the back of the camera. “These are great!” I tell her.

“Let me see!” she says, reaching for the camera.

“Ahhh, I’ll show you when I’ve got them on the computer,” I say. Or I hold the camera and give her the slideshow myself. Anything to keep her from actually having possession of the camera, control of the buttons.

I learned long ago that if you take photos of a girl and then give her access to the saved photos, at least half of said photos will be deleted before you have the chance to back them up.

This is really unfortunate for someone like me who really enjoys off-the-cusp, unplanned, unposed photos. If all I ever get are boring, say-cheese-and-smile-for-the-camera-with-your-best-side-forward shots, I may as well stop carrying around my camera because damn, they’re boring.

That being said, I understand WHY they want to delete those photos: they’re managing their personal brand. Or at least what they perceive to be their personal brand.

Perception Is Everything

The aspect of personal branding that most people leave out is elimination of the things that don’t fit with what they’re trying to communicate. Sure, they’ve got the website with the right graphics and typeface, they’ve got the clothing that jibes with what they’re trying to get across at work, and they’ve accumulated the trappings of the type of person they are and want to be.

But there are all those Facebook photos that don’t quite fit (you know, the ones from that party where they had the impressive keg-stand and the stripper-themed Halloween costume from a few years ago) that take all those other efforts and chuck them out the window.

These are the photos my friends are trying to delete, but what they don’t realize is that a non-posed shot is a lot more legit than a safe-for-the-family, 3/4 grin in an unexciting photograph.

Why not just live your brand instead? Make it a point to always be doing what makes you YOU, and just own it?

The point of personal branding is to focus attention on the traits that you think will most effectively get you where you need to go, but it’s not about hiding who you are. Would you really want to get a job where you had to conceal a big part of your personality? Hell, would you want to live a LIFE where you had to pretend to be something you’re not?

Me neither.

Ladies, let those photos be and may you always pose freely.

35 comments

  1. Haha,

    I can relate. Whenever I make a pic, I get a similar response. The only difference: the girls actually snapped my camera right after I took the photo. What you say also means that you should live and breath your brand 24/7, which is what I believe too.

    Live a life that makes every moment photo worthy.

  2. Haha,

    I can relate. Whenever I make a pic, I get a similar response. The only difference: the girls actually snapped my camera right after I took the photo. What you say also means that you should live and breath your brand 24/7, which is what I believe too.

    Live a life that makes every moment photo worthy.

  3. Wait. If monitoring your personal brand becomes as easy as just being you and letting that all be seen…I’m going to have to find something else to worry about…

    Then again, anyone who reads this blog regularly has probably noticed how many times I failed to get the camera from you in time to delete those incriminating photos anyway. :)

  4. Wait. If monitoring your personal brand becomes as easy as just being you and letting that all be seen…I’m going to have to find something else to worry about…

    Then again, anyone who reads this blog regularly has probably noticed how many times I failed to get the camera from you in time to delete those incriminating photos anyway. :)

  5. I think a lot of girls delete the pictures because they’re self-conscious and think that the picture made them look ugly.

    I think a lot of people do that, boys and girls.

    It’s interesting that even for non professional purposes, people are always concerned with their “personal brand” even if that’s not what they call it.

    About “living your brand” all the time. I guess the fact is that a lot of people’s ideal brand for themselves, isn’t always the same as who they actually are.

    David, Scribnia

  6. I think a lot of girls delete the pictures because they’re self-conscious and think that the picture made them look ugly.

    I think a lot of people do that, boys and girls.

    It’s interesting that even for non professional purposes, people are always concerned with their “personal brand” even if that’s not what they call it.

    About “living your brand” all the time. I guess the fact is that a lot of people’s ideal brand for themselves, isn’t always the same as who they actually are.

    David, Scribnia

  7. I love the idea of “living your brand”! This is brilliant, Colin. It is a simple — but critical — responsibility. Right. If you do not want to be seen “in that light” then why are you living in that light in the first place?!

    Lately, I’ve been purchasing disposable cameras simply for the lack of control. There is no delete button. If you don’t like the photograph you won’t know it until after you’ve paid for the print. ;o)

    Maybe I’m not an average girl? Great post!

    x
    //
    dena

  8. I love the idea of “living your brand”! This is brilliant, Colin. It is a simple — but critical — responsibility. Right. If you do not want to be seen “in that light” then why are you living in that light in the first place?!

    Lately, I’ve been purchasing disposable cameras simply for the lack of control. There is no delete button. If you don’t like the photograph you won’t know it until after you’ve paid for the print. ;o)

    Maybe I’m not an average girl? Great post!

    x
    //
    dena

  9. I keep thinking that this is obvious advice. Live the kind of life that you’re proud to show off. If it’s not your dream life, fake it till you make it! Go live your brand!

    But almost every business teacher that I have (in college) manages to mention, at least once, that you have to be careful what pictures and comments you put on Facebook. I’ve never quite understood that, because I don’t have an issue with this. However, I have seen lots of fellow students’ pages who need this advice desperately!

  10. I keep thinking that this is obvious advice. Live the kind of life that you’re proud to show off. If it’s not your dream life, fake it till you make it! Go live your brand!

    But almost every business teacher that I have (in college) manages to mention, at least once, that you have to be careful what pictures and comments you put on Facebook. I’ve never quite understood that, because I don’t have an issue with this. However, I have seen lots of fellow students’ pages who need this advice desperately!

  11. Haha, I don’t know if that’s really “managing their brand.” Sometimes this analogy between individuals and corporations works, mostly with solo entrepreneurs who have merged their individual self with what they’re selling, but in this case it rubs me the wrong way. They’re people feeling self-conscious — that’s it. Not everything is about business and branding! If you like one of them and get to know them, are you “finding synergies”/ “leveraging your core competencies” / some other marketing buzzwords? Or are you just becoming friends? :)

  12. Haha, I don’t know if that’s really “managing their brand.” Sometimes this analogy between individuals and corporations works, mostly with solo entrepreneurs who have merged their individual self with what they’re selling, but in this case it rubs me the wrong way. They’re people feeling self-conscious — that’s it. Not everything is about business and branding! If you like one of them and get to know them, are you “finding synergies”/ “leveraging your core competencies” / some other marketing buzzwords? Or are you just becoming friends? :)

  13. Hahahahaha ha and once more ha! I had a good chuckle when I opened this! I’m currently sitting in your spot and its quite comfy (I think you wore it in for me…..). Whats your photo site again?? I’d like to have a look. Maybe there’ll be some more candid shots I should delete. That one by the way is a candid shot of the best variety. Fits my personal brand wondefully and I don’t look toooo disgusting or manic!
    Ciao!

  14. Hahahahaha ha and once more ha! I had a good chuckle when I opened this! I’m currently sitting in your spot and its quite comfy (I think you wore it in for me…..). Whats your photo site again?? I’d like to have a look. Maybe there’ll be some more candid shots I should delete. That one by the way is a candid shot of the best variety. Fits my personal brand wondefully and I don’t look toooo disgusting or manic!
    Ciao!

  15. Use film! No instant preview -no delete. Takes longer and more determination to get onto facebook too

  16. Use film! No instant preview -no delete. Takes longer and more determination to get onto facebook too

  17. I think we can all relate to this as either having been the photographer or the one who wants the photos deleted. I love the idea of living one’s personal brand and not pretending to be something you’re not. Great post with some humor that ties to an important message!

  18. I think we can all relate to this as either having been the photographer or the one who wants the photos deleted. I love the idea of living one’s personal brand and not pretending to be something you’re not. Great post with some humor that ties to an important message!

  19. Man, everyday I learn more things I’m supposed to do as a girl that I never knew/thought of before. Like taking a camera to delete the photos…yeah, never considered that. I, of course, am so photogenic and vivacious that it’s never been a problem. :P

  20. Man, everyday I learn more things I’m supposed to do as a girl that I never knew/thought of before. Like taking a camera to delete the photos…yeah, never considered that. I, of course, am so photogenic and vivacious that it’s never been a problem. :P

  21. @nitty totally agree. This could look more into human nature and that which makes people people. Reading a marketing textbook and applying those concepts to a given human interaction is a smooth and glib way of making a point, but its all a bit, well…pointless.

  22. @nitty totally agree. This could look more into human nature and that which makes people people. Reading a marketing textbook and applying those concepts to a given human interaction is a smooth and glib way of making a point, but its all a bit, well…pointless.

  23. Great post – concealing one’s personal life is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Time for us all to take a good look at ourselvs and make sure we’re proud of ALL of your actions, and the resulting photos that might be taken of them. Transparency isn’t just for organizations, it’s for individuals!

  24. Great post – concealing one’s personal life is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Time for us all to take a good look at ourselvs and make sure we’re proud of ALL of your actions, and the resulting photos that might be taken of them. Transparency isn’t just for organizations, it’s for individuals!

  25. I’ve always thought it was interesting when people (myself included) try and hide those less than perfect pictures. Everyone else already sees us in those less than perfect moments throughout the day; we’re the only one who doesn’t get it.

    Our personal brand is going to be made up of yucky pictures and messed up speeches. We’re human and our imperfections are part of the package deal. I love that you give people permission to leave all that mess in the brand. It really isn’t worthy trying to crop everything out.

  26. I’ve always thought it was interesting when people (myself included) try and hide those less than perfect pictures. Everyone else already sees us in those less than perfect moments throughout the day; we’re the only one who doesn’t get it.

    Our personal brand is going to be made up of yucky pictures and messed up speeches. We’re human and our imperfections are part of the package deal. I love that you give people permission to leave all that mess in the brand. It really isn’t worthy trying to crop everything out.

  27. I know what you mean by this Colin. My wife has the same issue. Everytime she browse through my camera phone, I’d lose a lot of her candid pictures. Some of those pictures are my favorite because they really expose her inner beauty, something you dont get from prepared pose. So, I agree to what Colin said, feel free to pose naturally ladies. You’ll look more beautiful.

  28. I know what you mean by this Colin. My wife has the same issue. Everytime she browse through my camera phone, I’d lose a lot of her candid pictures. Some of those pictures are my favorite because they really expose her inner beauty, something you dont get from prepared pose. So, I agree to what Colin said, feel free to pose naturally ladies. You’ll look more beautiful.

  29. This seems a bit rich given most of the preened (ughh!) photos on this site!

  30. This seems a bit rich given most of the preened (ughh!) photos on this site!

  31. I realized at a young age I was very un-photogenic, but being the optimist I am I looked at it as an advantage because I always got complimented on how much “cuter” or better looking I was when I met people in person. So I think being photogenic is great, but exactly what Colin is talking about I never understood the need to have ever picture be perfect, its unattractive and most of all boring! Live a little and make a wacky face at the camera if not for the simple fact of just having fun, but when people meet you in person they might be pleasantly surprised by your ravishing good looks that just so happens don't translate to photos :)

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