Archive for January 2012
Change is good–right? I have been toying with the idea of relocating for sometime–maybe somewhere a little warmer perhaps. My career often takes me around the country and I’ve seen some of the most beautiful cities and landscapes the USA has to offer. I’m not one to be satisfied with standing still and really feel compelled to make a change–a BIG change!
It can be scary to take what you’ve built and leave it for the unknown. At the same time, it’s exhilarating too. I recently had a conversation with a photographer I greatly admire . He talked about how he took the plunge and relocated with no regrets. He said it was the best thing he could have ever done for himself and for his career. He said “you will work twice as hard to justify your decision and before long you will be miles ahead of where you were.” It’s that plunge that revives and stimulates you in a way.
Maybe I am speaking more for myself, but we can become sedentary in our own lives–life becomes routine. We forget how to explore and challenge ourselves–bored with our own perceived limitations. As children, we took chances because we had no fear. We hadn’t learned yet how to question our decisions or to fear failure.
Whether its relocating or just finding new opportunities–take the plunge and get out of your comfort zone. Light a fire under yourself. Reevaluate your work, what your goals are and make new ones. Make new connections and take advantage of the ones your have already made. Create opportunity. Push yourself out of your comfort zone–I guarantee you will feel that same excitement as you did early on in your career.
As artists, challenges only improve our craft–Right?!
The time frame was tight since the shoot was late afternoon and the sun just happened to want to go down early. Make-up artist Debra Weite and model Tiffany Ann were on hand to work with us that day. Big thanks to Tiffany Ann for really capturing the look and emotion I was looking for in these shots.
Here’s a few of my faves…
Behind the scenes lowdown…
I used an FJ Westcott 32” shoot through umbrella with a Profoto Acute B and behind the model I used a Profoto Acute B with a 7” wide-angle reflector for a backlight. The strobes were balanced with the ambient light in the valley. It’s really important to have a good assistant on hand with a shoot like this to intermittently run a light meter on the ambient light while you shoot. The light changes so quickly that to constantly be checking your LCD would really throw off the flow of the shoot.