So, I did it.
I’ve started inviting people to photo shoots on a regular basis. And I LOVE it. Maybe even too much. The longer the gap between the sessions, the unhappier I become. I should not be addicted this much though and I try hard to keep my mood not affected by manque shoots. My goal is to go pro with photography, so I have to keep my sanity if I don’t want to loose the support of my family. And last week has been a disaster in this matter. Either it was raining, or wheather forecasters mistakenly predicted evening rain and it was too late for organising the photo shoot. And I can’t wait to test my new gear in work!
Я теперь регулярно встречаюсь с клиентами на фотосессиях. И мне это НРАВИТСЯ! Даже, возможно, слишком. Чем дольше пауза между сессиями, тем нетерпеливее я жду следующую. Мне, конечно, не следовало бы настолько привязываться к работе. И я на самом деле очень стараюсь не падать духом после несостоявшихся съёмок. Если я хочу, чтобы съёмки были частью моей жизни, надо держать себя в руках, а то семья перестанет меня терпеть и поддерживать мою деятельность. А прошлая неделя была полным провалом в этом плане. Одно из двух: либо на улице лило, либо синоптики предсказывали дождь ошибочно, но договариваться о встречах уже было поздно. А ведь ещё и не терпится поскорее опробовать новую технику!
Client sessions are a big challenge for me. I guess this is why I like these so much. And this is why I get so upset when one is canceled. Letting my work being critiqued by other photographers is a huge help for me. Their advices let me improve with my photography pretty fast. I also ask my clients for some feedback, what I did right or wrong from their point of view. Gathering it all together is one really exciting task.
I remember my feelings after the first session — it made me feel like a total amateur again. I made all of the newbie mistakes — wrong exposures, too slow shutter speed that led to the camera shake on most of the photos, focus mistakes. My huge excitement made me rush and forget everything that I wasn’t concentrating on. And before the first shoot I was worried how I will make a connection with my model and will I be able to find a good light. Thus these two aspects were spot on. In fact, only these two. Yep, that’s the affect of the huge excitement.
I did a much better job on my second session. Then there was a moment when I switched to the Manual mode on my camera again after a few years of shooting in AV. And I was surprised how it helped me with raising a habit of being aware of my settings all the time (I had struggled with forgetting to watch my shutter speed in Aperture priority mode before). In fact, there have been a lot of other sessions now, and each one of them made me a better photographer. I’m so grateful to all of my beautiful models for spending their time with me!
Client sessions differ a lot from what I’m doing daily. Here in my home with my family, where I know my light exceptionally well, with my girls being my models, I am a pro. Here I can wait for any light I want, I can take all the time I need. I can shoot when I see a moment, not because I need to. The good thing is that because I’m shooting daily, I know that I’m capable of much more than I currently do on sessions. In fact, if I wasn’t shooting daily, I would loose self-confidence pretty soon. I guess, becoming a pro means being as good photographer on a client session, as you can be when you’re totally relaxed.
What can I add more? The biggest reward (after my new knowledge, of course) was seeing my photographs as people profile photos. This an awesome feeling and truly a huge complement to me!