*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?”
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.