This week we’re flying to Phoenix, Arizona to photograph our first wedding of many weddings this year. Last Sunday, we gathered the Season [SeVeN] Intern Army for our first group shoot. I wanted to make sure we got this in before I left for the week so that the Interns could get a taste of what it’s like…
Of course – what it’s like is always different from season to season, shoot to shoot – however for the most part – our underlying, ever constant goal for the Interns is that they should simply shoot more. And after that – shoot even more. And well… after that… yes, Shoot. More.
The main reason – is because there are a lot of shots that you just have to get out of your system. You really do have to shoot and shoot and shoot until you’re over them. Until you’re over the generic tricks. The new stuff. The deep angles, the sometimes flashy art-school-obvious-emoting that’ll creep in – or even some crazy model poses in front of some crazy brick wall or abandoned warehouse.
And then you can really start to strip things bare and aim for something more than the usual distracting photo that substitutes for a real connection felt between the photographer and the subject. Photos that might start to feel like a reflection of the photographer and not the subject, no matter what face is staring back at us – or not staring at us. When you’re left with nothing but a bare backdrop, window light, and a model. You can complain about the sky, the weather, the models, your gear and anything else – but they’re all excuses.
I’m a different photographer this year and I can’t wait to get started with all of these weddings we have booked all over the country. Ready. Go.