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Preparing to be photographed by Annie Ray at #BASHH

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If you’ve never been photographed by Annie Ray, I’d like to take a moment to try and impart some helpful advice so that you can extract the maximum amount of enjoyment possible. After all, your first time should be special. And with Annie, it can be amazing.

Before you arrive at the event, take some time to practice your well poised looks. The solid, affable smile. The sincere, I-am-here-to-help eyes. The ever so slight tilt of your head to one side, inferring you’re turning an ear to listen more closely to the viewer. Your hair perfectly coiffed. Hands folded in front of you ever so gently. Feet offset a few inches front to back. Shoulders turned at a twenty degree angle to the camera. When all that’s just right, one squeeze of a button, a shutter opens, a flash fires, and your picture has been taken just so. And when you arrive at the line for the photobooth, ponder all those items one more time very carefully.

Then throw all that crap out.

There’s no namby-pamby posing. No pleasant smiles. No passive looks. Do not stand, flaccid and staid, trying to make like a statue. Deny the urge to tilt your head just so in a pleasant way. No. None of that. This, my friend, is instead an all-out, amorous embrace of photography that you must meet, eyes forward, leaning in, claw-hands raised with a roar of passion upon your lips to rival that of Tarzan chasing Jane (Or Jane chasing Tarzan, if you’re into that sort of thing).

Unshackle your desk job’s depressing yoke. Go forth, head held high and visage blazing with joy. Hide away the unhappy moments of your day. Grab that soon to be former stranger standing there, strap on a fake moustache and funny headgear, and spend five delirious minutes making faces of pure delight, passion, and wonder as you are flashed like a celebrity on the red carpet for your movie premiere, with the papparazzi begging you ever for more that you happily give.

Step away after your moment, smiling and laughing, as the next batch wanders in to give their efforts forth to the lens of the delightful and distinctive Annie Ray.

[box]Come to the March BASHH to have your chance at free photography provided by the incredible Annie Ray!

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Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.

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