first off congrats to andrea who won my free friday giveway... thanks for all your comments + try back this friday for more! i'm off soon to a very busy day. lunch meeting, camera repair shop, notary, bank, paper store, b&h photo + then off to an engagement shoot that i'm super excited about. when lesley + i met up to talk about her shoot, she already had a ton of creative ideas + things she wanted to try out... which i love because it brings the couple's personalities into the shoot a little more + makes my job ultimately easier since the couple is already so excited about trying out some creative ideas. i thought that i'd write a quick post on a little bit of my creative process before a shoot like the one we're having today.
- i spend a ton of time thinking about a shoot before i ever show up. i think about + make mental notes of all the images i want to create before i get there.
- i've got a folder on my desktop entitled "other's inspiration". in it i dump all kinds of images i've found that bring inspiration to me. colors, poses, shots done by other photographers i admire. there's over 100 images in there + i love using it to brainstorm ideas. (while i'm careful to never copy someone else's work outright, i've never had a hard time admitting that other photographer's inspire my own work)
- whenever possible i scout locations beforehand to get an idea of the perfect shot place. (if physically scouting before hand isn't possible... i do an image google search, check the website if there is one, + try to show up early to do a little scout around. your clients are expecting the best from you, + you don't want to leave them waiting around while you check out different angles + viewpoints.
- i always remind my self to use the weather to my advantage. people are often under the misconception that you need "good" weather + sunshine for good photos. 8 years of living in seattle taught me that rain never stopped a good photoshoot... often it even enhances the light. plus umbrellas + puddle reflections can make for great props.
- mental equipment checklist. i once drove to meet some clients for their shoot + completely forgot my camera at home. they were so good natured about it, but i was horrifyingly embarrassed. i check + recheck that i've got enough memory, batteries, backup camera, + lenses so i'm prepared for anything.
- lastly, never stop pushing yourself to be better. i often just take one lens when i'm shooting for myself, to really know it well. i practice shooting manually + focusing manually to keep my skill level up + never rely too much on the camera.