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You're on candid camera

August 30, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
Sometimes you can hear them; sometimes you know what they’re saying just from their body language.

“What’s she doing?” “Why’s she taking pictures?” “Where is she from?” “What is she trying to catch us doing?”

Reporters take pictures of lots of stuff. We have to fill the paper every day, so we’re always looking for a story or a picture to fill all that room not taken up by ads. So if you’re doing something interesting like catching air on your jetski, wearing a colorful outfit, or you’re little and cute (whether child or furry), we’ll probably try to take your picture. Sometimes we just want people doing something, so if you’re working on your broken-down vehicle on the side of the road, doing construction work or walking your dog (the cute and furry category again), we will probably want to take a picture of you. Even if you’re not doing anything in particular, maybe just sitting on a park bench, we might want to take your picture.

Taking pictures is just part of our job and our job is to capture life in small-town, rural America.

What amuses me on one hand and frustrates me on the other is all the suspicion we face while simply clicking pictures.

I totally understand it when teachers come up to us, wanting to know why we’re taking pictures of school kids, but why should adults freak out when we take theirs?

For some reason, a lot of people think reporters are taking pictures to make them look bad. Personally, I don’t care if you have a big butt. I just want to get a picture and get back to the office, especially when it’s the dead of winter and 40 below with a wind chill.

Then there are the ones who are dialing their lawyer before we’ve even left the area. Why? Guilty conscience? Why would it bother you to have someone taking your picture? If you are not doing anything illegal, don’t worry about it. If you are doing your job, you’re where you’re supposed to be and you’re with who you’re supposed to be with, what’s the problem?

If you are somewhere you shouldn’t be, with someone you shouldn’t be, doing something you shouldn’t be, take a little advice: don’t do it out in public! Reporters aren’t the only ones with cameras, you know. There’s this little thing these days called the Internet — but that’s another blog.


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