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Is There Such a Thing as a “Perfect Picture”?

Is there such thing as a perfect picture? | Alexis the Greek blog

I’ve been in the photography business now for about 5 years altogether. Though I’ve gotten steadily better at my camera settings and “lining up the shot,” I’m surprised again and again at the reality that a picture doesn’t have to be perfect to be powerful.

In today’s fast-paced culture, businesses are expected to churn out content faster than ever before—often forcing them to choose between “done” and “perfect.” According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers, some 10,000 hours are required to become a “master” of anything; but when you’re expected to post once a day on at least 3 social platforms in order to stay top-of-mind, suddenly even 10 minutes becomes a luxury.

In every one of the photos in today’s post, I would love to change at least one thing. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t serve their purpose: to catch the right person’s eye in an email blast or an Instagram feed. Read More

Business, Featured, Reviews, Uncategorized

A Book that Changed the Course of My Life: Outliers

The Book That Changed the Course of My Life: Outliers | Alexis the Greek blog


I’m going to let you in on a dream of mine.

It started when I read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. I had never heard of Malcolm Gladwell; I just saw his book at Barnes & Noble, thought it sounded interesting, and out of all the books in the store, bought that one—not knowing it would change my life.

The introduction was my favorite part. It detailed the (true) account of a physician in the 1950s who was completely befuddled by this little Italian immigrant town in Pennsylvania, known as Roseto. Read More

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Portrait Photography: 5 Uncommon Editing Steps I Take in Lightroom

5 Uncommon Steps I Always Take in Lightroom | Alexis the Blogger

One of the highest praises I get in my work as a photographer is this: “I normally don’t like pictures of myself, but I love the ones you took!” When I hear it through the privacy of an email, I let myself smile so big my cheeks hurt; when I hear it in person, I sort-of scuff my toes in an arc on the ground and say, “Aw, shucks. I’m so glad.”

It occurred to me at some point that I was hearing this both from people who’d never had professional photos taken before and people who’d had photos taken often. It would have made sense to hear this from my subjects who weren’t used to having photos taken in general… but what about the other ones?

I started listening more closely, to see if there was some specific, consistent thread tying together the photos that stood out to my happiest clients. Apart from trying to make my subjects feel totally at ease (so I could capture genuine laughter instead forced smiles), and being conscientious to ask questions that gave me an advantage (such as, “Is there anything you’re self-conscious about? Do you have a preferred side of your face? What’s your favorite physical trait?”), when I listened closely to their feedback I realized the steps I take during post-processing were some of the most valued measures in my process.

My clients didn’t realize it, but in between the lines, that’s what they were telling me.

Just to be sure, I looked at other local photographers’ work to confirm that these few steps I always take were truly setting me apart, and to my surprise, I seemed to be the only photographer in my area consistently doing the 5 things I outline below. If you’re a photographer, or even if you aren’t, perhaps you will enjoy learning what they are, and the thought process behind them. Read More

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Community Over Competition: Raya on Assignment and Alexis the Greek!

Raya Al-Hashmi and Alexis the Greek

A beautiful part of growing up in a world with internet is getting to learn from and connect with others in your industry. While the old way of seeing friendly competitors as just that—competition—the new way of seeing them is as colleagues, allies, and even mentors.

I recently had the pleasure and honor of doing a photo swap with the lovely Raya Al-Hashmi of Raya on Assignment. Just for fun, we took each other’s portraits and answered a few of the same questions about working as brand photographers in the tight-knit community of Portsmouth, NH. Whether you’ve worked with one of us or both of us or neither (yet!), I think you’ll enjoy hearing the different ways we see our beloved town, the faces in it, and the creative marketplace.

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If I Gave a TEDTalk Today, This is What I’d Say

Alexis Paquette TED Talk | Alexis the Greek blog

I’ve had this dream for a while that one day, I might get to give a TED Talk. I don’t know when I got the idea into my head; I just know that at some point, I realized it was there, and it had been there.

This is probably a manifestation of something we all secretly want—to be able to say our piece, to impact some part of the world with a truth we’ve discovered. What we have to say is ever-changing, I expect, but if I was asked today to give a TED Talk, this is what I would want to say: Read More