Before arriving for a shoot I have a scene playing in my head where I’m very confident, know what I want out of the shoot, know the subject well, have read the subject well enough to know what and how I’ll get the best out of them. I have made them so comfortable that they have forgotten they are in front of the camera.
Until when I arrive in reality. I don’t know why I’m not getting things right. I try my best to keep a straight face while inside I’m feeling like I have failed already and should call an ambulance. Wait I’m still here. Nothing happened. I still didn’t die.. I try to keep my subject engaged. By the time I have figured out the best angle and expression for them, they have run out of patience. In short, I need to practice even more so I can read them earlier than I do right now so I don’t waste their time acting like a professional.
Why am I telling my potential clients the negative sides that I go through while shooting? Do they want a photographer who is prone to be Not being confident some times? Because I accept these moments as part of the process not despite them but because of them. They keep me on my toes. There are also days when I just crush it immediately but I do accept days when it’ll crush me. That’s just part of the game. Good clients know that.
Speaking of acting. I’m seeing a new trend these days between friends. (sensing a rant here?) It seems not sharing something is equals to….Never mind..see you next week!
Camera (1100d) settings were f5.6, 1/125, ISO 200