Ahhh, what a day, what a week!
I'm feeling reflective today.
Being in business for one's self is a mixed bag of experience. Sometimes it's a joy: the shoot is smooth sailing, the client pays on time, the sun is at the perfect level on the horizon, everyone is smiling, no one is crying or needs a nap. Sometimes it's a downright challenge: the wifi is glitchy, every task is taking longer than you'd like it to, you forgot to do something last week, the sun is hiding behind the clouds, you've been working 8 hours and you've got 4 more to go.
But whatever. You're doing it for yourself.
'Cause that's where the magic lives.
On every shoot I go to, I try to shoot for portfolio-quality images.
For me, that means pristine, emotive, beautiful, well-composed, candid AND structured.
It's not always possible to have a shoot that you are super-proud of though.
This photo was the one photo I loved from a very trying event. The lighting was dim, the space was dingy as hell - the event was in a garage, of all places, the customers looked like they'd already put in a few hard nights, and to give even a bit more context around the event: there was a couch I sat on for about a minute... until I and another guest noticed that it smelled like a combination of urine and a pile of unwashed bodies.
Some nights are like that when you're paying your dues. But there can always be a moment that you take for yourself. A momentary spark of delight, the unexpected magic in the room. The reason you're doing what you're doing.
Do it for yourself. Shoot for yourself. Always. That's when you're giving it your all, and making your own magic.
Love & Snapshots,