"A goal without a plan is just a wish." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Opportunity creates opportunity - and as new age as it might sound, when you change your perspective on things, you can see the opportunities when they're presented. Who would have guessed that all it would take would be for a change in perspective...for a photographer. Crazy, I know!
I recently just finished a "winter" themed photo shoot and I'm really happy with the photos that I acquired from it. I'm still in the stages of post-processing them and photo-shopping them into how I conceptualised them - but I'm very happy with them.
Whilst planning for that photo shoot, I was approached to do another one. This time a "black and white" themed photo shoot. But before I've even had a chance to finish the first project the opportunity for another one has presented itself. And just when I was starting to get into the flow of working on my photos from the last shoot, an innocent Facebook post has ended up becoming a future planned body painted comic book super hero photo shoot.
I'm really looking forward to these upcoming projects and with every photo shoot that I do, I feel like I'm learning something new each and every time. There's a lot more that goes on behind the scenes of a photo shoot than just setting up some lights, pointing the camera (making sure the lens cap is off first - pro tip right there for you) and pressing the little clicky button on top (not the power button...the other button...the one that makes the thingie inside the camera go *clunk*).
There's a lot of planning and preparation that needs to be done well before a photo shoot too. There's also a lot of research that needs to be done in relation to other similar photographic work that already exists within the creative world too. Research, planning, preparation, planning, scheduling, organising, more preparation and then some more planning. And lists. Plenty of lists.