I’m often asked how it is that I can do so many photo sessions in one day. So far the most sessions I have shot in a day is 12…although I am open to many more (it’s my make up artists who usually put the brakes on me!).
I have a theory when it comes to shooting clients…the best images are usually achieved approximately 10-15 minutes into the shoot. It’s enough time for them to warm up, yet after about 30 minutes you start to see the exhaustion on their face…I don’t think most people realize how tiring being in front of the camera can be.
So based on my experience, I rarely have a session longer than 45 minutes. If you can’t get an amazing shot in 15 minutes, you are definitely not going to get it an hour later when your client is exhausted from arching their back, looking to right, pointing the toes, and following whatever other crazy direction I give them.
I realize I didn’t quite answer the question of how I shoot so many people in day…but for me it’s a simple answer…each new person rejuvenates me. I get excited to get new people in front of my camera and the more people I shoot in a day the more excited I get. Call me crazy, but that’s how I work best. I know that many people say quality over quantity..well for me that applies, it just happens the quality happens in the camera with less shots taken of each individual. But when comes to the quantity of the that number people I shoot I want to get as many people in front of my camera as I can (hint…hint, taking volunteers!!).
Today I am shooting three boudoir session..so in the next couple days I will have to share (what I can of course). But in the meantime last week in less than three hours I had the opportunity to shoot fine art portraits of five stylist (I will be shooting seven more this upcoming Monday!) for Architexture one of my favorite salons in town. For each background I spent less than 10 minutes per person and quite happy with the results…here are a couple of my favorites.
Erika (owner / stylist at Architexture)
Joey (stylist at Architexture)