Some of my friends who are wedding photographers lament about their drama with clients and God knows I have had my fair share of demands.
This video sent to me by another photographer (Jide Alakija) sums up a lot of that craziness, its hilarious
I found some very inspiring words from a very cool photography blog run by Cheryl Jacobs Nicolai who runs PhotoDino blog. All these ring true
- Disregard those who say you “must” do this or “can’t” do that. Art is not about limitations and restrictions.
- If you are frustrated with your work, focus on one area at a time. You can’t climb three mountains at once.
- Ruts are things we fall into when we work habitually rather than consistently. Switch off your auto-pilot.
- Perfectionists: consider printing and signing your work. It forces you to take ownership and eliminates excuses.
- Allow your sessions to breathe. Pauses help you to steer the session organically, and to keep your head clear.
- Walk all the way around your subject and watch how the light changes the scene and mood. Light is a creative tool.
- The common denominator in all your sessions is you. Shoot for you first and your clients will always know what to expect.
- Don’t be so quick to delete and discard failed photos. Study them to learn what to do differently next time.
- Personal space is mental, emotional, and physical. The key to a great portrait is to know how to be invited in.
- Know your technique so that you can forget it. Focusing on the technical robs your subjects of your full attention.
- Overshooting out of fear of missing “the shot” often means “the shot” never happens. Shoot less, engage more.
- Portraits are like short stories; the elements that don’t add to your story will detract. Choose details carefully.
- In portraits, mood/expression is key. Light, comp, backgrounds, post-processing, and contrast must work together to support it.
- Each time you pick up the camera, you hold the raw materials to create a masterpiece. Shoot like you mean it.
- Improving your work requires practice. Musicians don’t play only when they’re on stage.
- Don’t allow yourself to fixate solely on your perceived weaknesses. Own your strengths and be proud of them.
- If the most eye-catching part of your image is the action you ran, it may be time to reassess your work.