50 Portraits – Portrait #21

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Portraits

Before arriving for a shoot I have a scene playing in my head where I’m very confident, know what I want out of the shoot, know the subject well, have read the subject well enough to know what and how I’ll get the best out of them.  I have made them so comfortable that they have forgotten they are in front of the camera.

Until when I arrive in reality.  I don’t know why I’m not getting things right.  I try my best to keep a straight face while inside I’m feeling like I have failed already and should call an ambulance.  Wait I’m still here.  Nothing happened. I still didn’t die..  I try to keep my subject engaged.  By the time I have figured out the best angle and expression for them, they have run out of patience.  In short, I need to practice even more so I can read them earlier than I do right now so I don’t waste their time acting like a professional.

Why am I telling my potential clients the negative sides that I go through while shooting?  Do they want a photographer who is prone to be Not being confident some times?  Because I accept these moments as part of the process not despite them but because of them.  They keep me on my toes.  There are also days when I just crush it immediately but I do accept days when it’ll crush me.  That’s just part of the game.  Good clients know that.

Speaking of acting.  I’m seeing a new trend these days between friends. (sensing a rant here?)  It seems not sharing something is equals to….Never mind..see you next week!

Camera (1100d) settings were f5.6, 1/125, ISO 200

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