OKCupid Portrait Photography!
posted June 2, 2011 9:31 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sun June 19 at 4:00 PM, Prospect Park (Grand Army Plaza)
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
I'll be in Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY) from 4pm-6pm on Sunday, June 19th, ready to take photos of any MeFites who need new good pictures of themselves, as per this thread. Come to get your photo taken, or feel free to bring your camera to help out!
When: Sunday, June 19th, 4pm-6pm
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY - specifically, let's meet at Grand Army Plaza in the little shaded gazebo-ish thingy with the benches and columns that's on your right when facing the park.

The backstory is here, but this is the basic idea:

I'm making myself available to do free portrait photography for any MeFite who needs new photos for their OKCupid profiles.

Technically we'll call it work-for-hire, which means that each person will own the copyright on the images of them, and I won't own the copyright on any of the images done for this purpose. I'm not asking for any license to use the photos for my own purposes, or any credit. No restrictions apply other than my lack of infinite free time. I plan to just delete images after sending them out to their rightful owners.

So if you need a new photo of yourself for your OKCupid profile (or whatever), stop on by and I'll take a bunch of photos of you, and then I'll photoshop the best few and email them to you later!

Or if you want to help out with the photography, stop by and bring your camera!

And remember, man is it hot out. Bring a water bottle for yourself! And don't worry, just be your snazzy, awesome selves. We'll chat, I'll probably ask you to goof around and make faces at me, and somewhere in there we'll probably manage to catch at least one photo of you with a fabulously attractive look on your face.
posted by Eshkol to Meetup (28 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

So does "or whatever" extend to "some nice pictures of me and my girlfriend"? Because while contrary to the entire purpose of this exercise -- which seems to be by its very nature a MeFi Singles Mixer -- that would be totally awesome.
posted by griphus at 10:46 AM on June 2, 2011

I'm also not single but strongly dislike most pictures of myself.

Maybe we should institute a barter system of sorts?
posted by sciencegeek at 3:27 PM on June 2, 2011

No barter needed. If you're not single but want photos anyway, hey, c'mon by! I'm not fussy, and I'll be there with a camera and may as well put it to thorough use.
posted by Eshkol at 5:00 PM on June 2, 2011

Hm, just realized that I'm working that weekend, so it depends greatly on my energy levels after work and ability to get on the subway and go long distances promptly.
posted by sciencegeek at 7:08 PM on June 2, 2011

Since it *will* be so hot, is anyone out there a makeup guru who might be able to help out with the powder or whatever you use to make people look less shiny?
posted by Eideteker at 3:12 AM on June 3, 2011

Great minds think alike Eideteker. I'd thought of asking the same thing.
posted by Karmakaze at 5:08 AM on June 3, 2011

Woohoo! Fun fun!
posted by ocherdraco at 8:39 AM on June 3, 2011

I'm still out of town then. Boo :( I was going to bring some picnicky stuff.
posted by spec80 at 9:07 AM on June 3, 2011

Aw, picknicky stuff!
posted by Eshkol at 1:18 PM on June 3, 2011

Not coming. Torn Achilles tendon. Don't feel like working a sympathy angle, and I photography terribly for a handsome man. Thanks, though.
posted by Minus215Cee at 1:45 PM on June 3, 2011

This sounds fun! I have a nice-ish camera so I can take people's pictures too :)
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 10:46 AM on June 4, 2011

My "maybe" is more leaning towards "yes." I'd love having better photos of myself; I've spent a great deal of my life thinking I wasn't all that photogenic, only to suddenly realize a couple years ago that no, that's not it -- it's that a lot of my family just tends to be really crappy photographers.

(And my friend who is the photographer? "Doesn't do portraits.")
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:21 AM on June 4, 2011

In NYC this summer, want to meet Mefites, own a pretty camera, but not an OK Cupid person. I think I'll show up anyway to meet some of you?
posted by radiocontrolled at 4:03 PM on June 4, 2011 [1 favorite]

darn! i wanted to take advantage of this and it's right near my apt... but i think i'm going to have kickball games scheduled at this time with my team :/ oh well!
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 10:51 AM on June 7, 2011

What a nice idea. Thanks Eshkol! I'm coming in from out of town that afternoon, but I think I can make it over there by 4 or 5. I look forward to meeting you!
posted by soonertbone at 9:44 AM on June 8, 2011

Ooh, this could be fun — and a nice change of pace from the normal MeFi meetup format. I'm going to try to make it.

(Only problem is: I lock up when I know someone is taking a photo of me. I really need to get over that.)
posted by defenestration at 11:08 AM on June 13, 2011

Also, there's so many names on the attending list that I don't know. Another plus!
posted by defenestration at 11:09 AM on June 13, 2011

Looks like the subway route is to take the 3 train to the Park Place stop, does that sound right?
posted by oh yeah! at 6:59 AM on June 19, 2011

2 or the 3 to Grand Army Plaza, the stop right after Bergen Street.
posted by mlis at 8:24 AM on June 19, 2011

FYI today there is a "Food Truck Rally" at Grand Army Plaza, 11-5.
posted by grobstein at 10:35 AM on June 19, 2011

I'm going to bicycle on over as soon as I stop being distracted by Metafilter.
posted by fuq at 12:20 PM on June 19, 2011

Father's Day lunch got started late, just heading to the PATH train now, hope there's an ice cream truck nearby
posted by oh yeah! at 12:47 PM on June 19, 2011

FYI - I'm here in black shorts and a red tank top, with a camera and a food co-op bag!
posted by Eshkol at 12:56 PM on June 19, 2011

You guys are awesome and beautiful and that was a lot of fun! I'll send out photos soon as I get a moment to process them.
posted by Eshkol at 3:07 PM on June 19, 2011

Thanks Eshkol, that was a lot of fun, and you take great pictures!

posted by rosswald at 4:28 PM on June 19, 2011

Thank you so much Eshkol! I had an amazing day because of you.
posted by prefpara at 3:41 AM on June 20, 2011

I'm pretty upset I missed this! Anyone going to share the pictures?
posted by grobstein at 9:13 AM on June 20, 2011

grobstein - If enough folks are interested, I'd be happy to do it again. (Caveat: I'm going out of town soon, so it would have to be in August.)
posted by Eshkol at 7:18 AM on June 22, 2011

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