Over the last 6 months I have had the pleasure of working with some incredible people; clients, photographers, artists, and most importantly, models.

When you are starting out in photography, a lot of your models end up being very cooperative and patient friends that are willing to help you achieve your vision…AND sometimes even they figure out they like this whole modeling thing more than they thought…and sometimes…they realize they should keep their day jobs 🙂 Either way, that little bit of help from your friends is all you need to help you launch your new burgeoning photography career.

As I have gotten further into this whole photography gig, Ive realized how important subject matter can be. Sometimes you will have absolutely no control over your subject matter (i.e. events, weddings) and other times you have ultimate control….err…mostly. When you set up a photography shoot with models, you usually go in with a specific idea/vision in mind. You can envision exactly what and how you want your models to look and other times you go in expecting the environment and relationship between photographer and model to organically form a vision you have yet to see. Either way, you have an expectation. What have I learned about these expectations?… let them go.

Throughout every shoot I have been on, something I never expected ended up being what I was most excited about showing. Whether I was slated to assist/teach on a shoot or I worked on one with simply myself and a model in tow, I always ended up with shots that I was pleasantly surprised by. This reminds me of working in my film days where the instant gratification of the digital world did not exist and you had to wait hours or days to see what you had captured and hope that it was what you were trying to achieve. It was only when I got into the darkroom examining my negatives where I uncovered photos that were never slated to be great…but they were.

In the same light, at times when Ive gone into shoots thinking my subjects would know exactly how to act, move, stand….sometimes they dont. And at other times when I think Im photographing someone without considering them a model…well, thats when I end up getting some incredible shots and someone that truly inspires my art. There is no right or wrong here…but my point is not to have expectations going into your shoots. The only thing you want to expect is that youll do a great job working with what youve got.

Keep an open mind… keep an open eye

Posted by +Laura


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