Sunday, January 10, 2010
It was great to do my first assignment decade in New York City. Even Los Angeles is now my base, New York will always be home.
My first assignment of the decade wasn't as smooth as I would have liked. I can plan all I want but life always throws a surprise to keep you on your toes, and looking back it makes you a better photographer when you have to overcome adversity.
My first subject of the decade arrived late to my session. It was a beautiful day and we were in an amazing daylight studio filled with light. My subject had a packed day and my photo shoot was in the middle of her day, so she came to my studio a bit stressed. When she arrived I had flowers waiting for her and her favorite music playing throughout the studio. I had to have her out by 4:30 p.m., to make a taping for a late night show so I was prepared to shoot on two different sets. One a daylight set and the other a styled set with great props. I noticed something was wrong when my editors were all gathered in a huddle talking so I went to see what was going on. It turned out my subject was a bit overwhelmed with the new fame and pressure of stardom. When she finally came out my beautiful sunlight was gone and I had to change to using strobes on both sets, but the biggest problem was time. She agreeed to give me 30 min longer since she came out at the time she was scheduled to leave. I got three different looks before she had to run out to make her taping and I felt awful as the shoot ended. I havent felt this way during a shoot in years. My editors and I looked through the images on the computer and then I noticed that I actaully got a few great images but I will remember this session as a hard one.
Later that evening I looked through one of the fashion bible's and noticed a spread with my subject but even though I had a hard shoot I like my images better.
The lesson from this shoot is to plan for success and be flexible to change your plans. Always have a backup plan in the event your plans don't work out as planned. You will win more often than not, but you can't win all the time. Always dream big no matter what.
Happy New Year!