Well, for someone who ...
I have to tell you, Peter, I was stunned beyond words, today, when my cell phone went off and it was a "patron of the arts" asking for me to shoot his lovely lady ... in a more than the average shooting scenario. Whoa! I mean, dudes ... this is becoming business, I guess. When I began shooting the glamour stuff ... I really did it just to get a feel for the kind of effort that would be involved, not because I was planning to go down that road of endeavor. You guys know me, by now (I would hope), I gravitate to all sorts of shooting. The lenses bear that out.
Originally Posted by Peekayoh
Admittedly, when it comes to model shooting, it becomes a real headache trying to get the talent and the support, together, in one place, on time, working on the prep stuff. I suppose if these people knew one another, already, it may not be as difficult ... but, it has challenges ... and they cannot be dismissed. Believe me, I would love to be able to snap my fingers and have everything ready to shoot. Buuuzzzzz. Wake up, Don! In your dreams.
So, anyway, this guy begins quizzing me about a kind of fantasy shoot. Personally, my shoots are no flippin' fantasy. There is nothing I find remotely thrilling about trying to elicit "a look" from my model. I am thrilled when I do get that "look" naturally. The model has to be the one to convey the conviction of the shoot. I merely hope to be there to capture the moment when it shows up. You can prepare for such a thing, but when push comes to shove ... the model is the source ... and you are merely the witting receiver.
Admittedly, I did find this call rather thought provoking, because up until that genuine moment, I did not believe anyone really paid much attention to my work, to be honest.
Oh sure, there are those 85,000 hits on Photobucket, for my "Bokeh Christmas Tree" ... that was unexpected, but it makes a great background image for a cell phone during the season, I suppose.
Still, that has to be an aberration and I am working on being better at this, all the time. It is a building process and certainly nothing overnight. The school has been a solid source of critique and testing of ideas, still ... I realize it is up to me how this is all going to wind up.
The 22,000+ views of this thread alone says "something" about the effort. Yes. it has been almost year since I decided to start this leg of the education pursuit and I appreciate the interaction you folks have provided in doing so. I cannot say it is has been helpful to anyone, but I hope it has been a source of amusement and camaraderie, as time goes along.
Pro or not to pro ... which way to go? :rolleyes: Will things change when I finally get serious ... and mean (dare I say it?) ... business?