This week seemed to start off a little slow and then all of a sudden it has just taken off! I shot yesterday, have another shoot in an hour, Thursday I’m taking the day off to edit and run the film to the lab, and then Friday I’m in LA for another session! I guess it is better to be busy than the alternative!
I don’t know if anyone reading this blog feels this way but when I shoot a lot of different sessions in a row I start out by getting a little nervous, I think to myself, what am I going to shoot? How different can I make this shoot from my others? And sometimes I just feel like I lose all creativity. What can I do to inspire myself? This is followed by a little bit of anxiety and frustration.
Then all of a sudden it’s the day of my shoot and the ideas are there! And this week is a perfect example of trying to come up with different ideas and I was drawing a blank, I just couldn’t think. Then yesterday it just worked, Misty was great to work with and up for anything! It’s like there is a vault of images in my brain and it just opens up when I need it too. This is when I realize how much I think about photography, how much I think about creating images and that I must subconsciously put those images away until the right person comes along who fits the image I have in my head. Is this how artist’s work?
Before I even started photographing Misty I was talking with her and found out she is a dancer. This made it so I could utilize her movements, also it is something she loves and is passionate about. These sessions may be my work but the photos are about the people in them. We may all have great ideas in our heads of images we want to take, but I believe no amount of technical ability can create a great image if you do not have that connection with your subject. So I think I have found the key to the vault in my brain, it is the connection I make with the person I am photographing, that connection unlocks everything!