Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Caption this photo contest

Have you ever heard of the Observer Effect? It states the act of observing will change the observee's behavior. Imagine every single time you stood in front of a camera. Did you stand taller? Smile brighter? Look happier? Hide the beer bottle in your hand? I bet whatever you did, you probably noticed the camera and changed, if slightly, whatever you were previously doing.

So it's rare to capture a photo indicative of who you actually are. Even when these photos do come along, they are frequently discarded as "bad pictures" because you aren't standing still or aren't smiling.

I got married in May of this year and received the rights to over 1000 photos, all perfectly perfect in their own way. But the real joy came from looking at the 500 additional outtakes photos. There were "real" photos of my family with all the facial expressions they make in "real" life. Talking with their hands, smiling crooked smiles, the way they stand slouched over, etc. No one will call these pictures complimentary but they are hilarious because they are real.

There was one photo of myself and my new husband that was absolutely perfect. I look at this photo and say "yup, that's us!" Our expressions accurately reflect our personalities, the hand gestures are dead on, even how we're standing is a perfect description of how we actually are. It's one of my prized pictures from my wedding day even though it was lumped in the outtakes pile. It's so good, I'm running a caption contest to see who can best caption this. The winner will receive a copy of The Draconis and the Stallion. The winner will be announced on Friday on my own blog herbertson.blogspot.com. Be sure to check back and make sure I have a way to contact you if you do win. Good luck!



Example caption:
Luke: "So you know how I got you a diamond..."
Laura: "Yeah?"
Luke: "Well that means I can keep you forever."
Laura: "Wait, what?"

13 comments:

Carol said...

Laura: "You know you're Luke and I'm Laura, like on General Hospital?"
Luke: "On what?"
Laura: "The soap opera, General Hospital. America's sweethearts. Everyone loved them. It means we'll be a couple even when we're old."
Luke: "Wait. Old? Really?"

Laura Herbertson said...

hahaha I like that one Carol!

Rhonda Lee said...

Ooh Carol, you totally beat me to the General Hospital comment!

D'oh!

Laura Herbertson said...

Trust me, Carol wasn't the first...

Ginger Simpson said...

Him: So, like when I said, "I do," that meant I do forever?

Her: That's exactly what it means...with a capital F!

:)

ddurance said...

Her: Do these flowers make me look fat?

Him: Absolutely not, my love.

Deidre

tigger9 said...

Luke: Wait, did your father mean what he said?
Laura: what? You mean about you treating me right or that your going to be in alot of trouble because he'll let my mom come after you?
Luke: Yeah, that comment
Laura: Oh, yeah he meant it. And you don't want my mom coming after you.

Dimes McDropperson said...

Laura: What? You're Family ISN'T rich?
Luke: Well, No, It looks like it, but everything is Financed. Everything will be fine, I have good credit.
Laura: Yeah, It will be ok... OH! I have Chlamydia.
Luke: ............

Laura Herbertson said...

It's all fun and games until someone mention Chlamydia. Ouch!

Tabitha Shay said...

LUKE:Oh, didn't I tell you?

LAURA Tell me what?

LUKE: Uh. . .well, be living in Utah, you're wife number three.

Tabitha Shay said...

By the way, I love the pic of you and your new hubby...you look so cute together. . .Tabs

Mindy said...

Him: I have something to tell you Hunny Bun, I LOST your diamond ring at the bachelor party last night.
All I have is this treasure map.

Her: Well start hunting BUSTER.

Laura Herbertson said...

Thanks Tabitha. We have a ton of the perfectly-posed pictures, but I like this one the best.

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