Happy Fathers Day Dad.
The older I get, the more your advice makes sense. Thanks for all the life lessons.
Father [fah-ther] -
As I mentioned before in a previous post, the 1KW Gallery "a thousand words" is where I approach couples or families and ask to take a few photos of them. The goal: to capture a moment of the couple, ask them to review the image and name that image based on the first thing that comes to mind.
For my next couple, Chris+Angie, they named their images "Seductive" after I asked Angie to whisper to Chris what she first thought of him when she first laid eyes on him. What word comes to mind for you?
Seductive [si-duhk-tiv] -
Before you read any further, get your mind out of the gutter.
This is a list of 5 things I do to get me in the mood before I conduct a photo session with a couple. Just a few things that work for me. It's about a 5 min read...let me know your thoughts
1. Research other photographers techniques whether through books or online blogs. I love to study great images from photographers I most admire. But not to emulate, instead to challenge myself to shoot a different type of image from what is already out there.
2. Get inside the head of my favourite photographers through online interviews like Ron Dawson's F-Stop Beyond blog. Listening to topics like their background, beliefs and experiences from the photographers I most relate to enables me to channel that same positive energy throughout my photo session.
3. Get inspired through music and movies. I often play inspiring music or my favourite movie scenes leading up to the photo shoot. In fact, I make a point to find out the couples favourite type of songs to make sure I have it playing during the photo session. It's a great for inspiration and motivation.
4. Review notes from the initial consultation. I review the couples overall style; their likes and dislikes; and even topics like how they first met. Knowing this helps generate the look and feel of the photo session that will best resonates with the couple.
5. Finally review my personal photos of the family. In particular, I love, love, love reviewing my engagement photos and my wedding album. With every picture, I can honestly recapture the feeling I had at hat moment in time. Which is my true inspiration and goal for every photo session...the power to invoke a thousand words in every image. I know I know...shameless plug but it's true. That is the mood I'm aiming for...I want the clients to look at their picture and relive that feeling at that exact moment!
So let me know...how do you get in the mood?