On Friday, I covered a Good Friday service at St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Church for our Easter preview story that ran in Saturday’s paper.
The pastor asked me to be as unobtrusive as possible and stay in the back of the room to avoid distracting people. Photographers typically try not to attract a lot of attention while on assignment. That’s one of the best ways to get candid photos. You may notice a lot of photographers wear darker colors for that very reason.
Our job is also to move around and get the best angle for the best photo, no easy feat while covering a church service.
Adding to the challenge was that the sanctuary at St. Catherine is round, so there was no back of the room. I could be seen from just about every angle, which isn’t good considering I was told to be unobtrusive.
It also meant that I could move around less than I had expected, and because I was visible to just about everyone in the church, moving would be a pretty big distraction from the service.
I ended up picking a spot on the floor to sit down so that I wouldn’t be rude or visible while attendees were sitting down. When they stood, I also stood.
I happened to be sitting behind 4-year-old Mariana Osorio. She wasn’t shy.
Mariana kept turning around and smiling at me, and she was more curious than afraid of my big cameras. From the vantage point where I was sitting, the cross hung right above her, and there was enough natural light to light her face and the cross.
I wanted to take the photo, but I also knew that it wasn’t really germane to the story and typically, photos where subjects look directly at the camera are frowned upon.
But there are exceptions to every rule, and I’m glad it can be shared with all of our readers.
Good Friday was a good day to be a photographer.
• Picture This is an occasional column showcasing photographs by Daily Chronicle photographers. You can reach photographer Monica Maschak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-756-4841 ext. 2234. You can follow her on Twitter @ddc_mmaschak.