Selfies For Crossdressers – Part 1
I’ve always loved photography. From the early days, when I worked for a local wedding photographer, to more recent years working in an advertising agency, I’ve never been far from a lens and shutter. And now as a crossdresser with a love of photography I am very happy to bring a few tips and tricks, suggestions and stories, that you may find of value. If you enjoy them be sure to comment and share them.
As Bernard unloaded the car, and I sat beside it on one of his large trunks full of gear while drinking a mimosa, I smiled at him and said, “Goodness, Bernard! I had no idea your equipment was so very large!”
I lifted my phone, made sure the bright sunshine was bouncing off my upturned cheeks, beamed at the screen and took a quick selfie. A moment later it was shared on my Snapchat to my children and shared it to Instagram.
“It’s not getting any easier to haul about the place with age,” said Bernard. “My back…” he groaned as he moved another heavy case.
I poured a little more Champagne into my glass, and lay back on the trunk.
“You really should take it easy, Bernard,” I said. “Didn’t you have heart surgery recently?”
“Oh, yes,” he groaned. “I’m recovering. Slowly.”
I looked at the enormous collection of photography gear Bernard required for the shoot we were preparing, and then checked my Instagram and was tickled to see that I’d got a handful of likes already.
A few moments later a minivan pulled up at the location and three young models climbed out, chattering away and looking anorexic.
“Mimosa and a sandwich?” I asked.
“Just a drink please,” said one.
“Oooo… Mimosa’s” said another.
“I never would have guessed,” I murmured and poured the drinks.
You’d think that as a crossdresser in an advertising agency with numerous fashion clients, I’d get a good deal of free clothing. Far from it. Most of the free clothes are size two and hang off the models as though they’ve been in a famine for the last year. I’d not say that I envy the models their figures, but the filthy bitches are always getting the free stuff from the clients I work so hard to service (Ed: phrasing).
But all of this is quite by the way. I’m really trying to illustrate the fact that in spite of Bernard’s enormous equipment (Ed: phrasing) today there’s really no need to have particularly complex camera equipment. Most modern phones are more than capable of taking great pictures, and even today’s cheap cameras are capable of rendering crystal clear images. If one is shooting pics for a 60 foot high poster on the side of the building you’re going to need more professional equipment. However, for a picture that’s going to be used online or in a 5 x 7 inch enlargement, you really don’t need complex photography gear.
For the purposes of this series I’m going to assume you are using a simple camera, or a typical smart phone. Iphones, Samsungs and most other smart phones are quite adequate for our purposes.
A selfie stick, a phone holder with a suction cup or a tripod with clamp for a cell phone is also recommended, though by no means essential. And finally, I’ve always found that a roll of duct tape always comes in useful, even if it’s just to tape any critical mouths shut. It also doesn’t do any harm at all to include a bottle of wine among your essential supplies. You may need it.
Just for a moment, going to the subject of phones and cameras. This is going to sound obvious, but there’s a lot of people who overlook a simple thing. If you do want to manipulate the settings on your phone it’s really very simple to learn how. For most of what we’ll do you really don’t need to do much in the way of changing settings, however, should you wish to your first stop should be to type the name of the phone, the model and then ‘exposure settings’ into Goolge. You’ll find instructions for most phones immediately come up, unusually with a simple set of additional information regarding the other settings you can manipulate. Nothing mentioned in this document should be beyond the reach of the average user of a smart phone. If it is, there’s always the wine.