Déjà vu

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

*this post contains nudity

I typically blog after a photo shoot.  Right now, my new website is uploading to the server so rather than sitting and watching my computer choke that small internet pipe, I thought I would write something.

A couple of weeks ago, I met with the other photographers who participated in the Trestler house shoot to discuss around a few beers.  The question was asked by one of the partners: “Do you prepare mentally your shots before getting on location?”

“Always!”

Every time I have a shoot, I plan my shots.  I avoid the “wing it” approach.  I keep a small notebook near me all the time so I can put down in writing ideas and executions.  I make checklists of necessary material to achieve the image I want and need.   I scout the location and ensure my concepts can be applied.  I head down to the shoots with my book and material and start on these ideas.  I am not limiting myself to what is in the book; it is a starting point.  I like the idea of walking in with a model and have solid concepts to discuss.  I typically have 10 to 12 ideas put down on paper and by the 2nd or 3rd, I am already seeing other opportunities.  Preparation help ease the people you are working with, especially when it is the 1st time, by showing you have a direction you want the shoot to take.  There are occasions where preparation might be limited; a last minute booking, change of plans or locations happen once in a while but generally speaking, a few minutes of preparation goes a long way.

The best part of preparing your shoots is when you get that sense of déjà vu showing up on the LCD screen.

 

 

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