one of the most important things i've learnt over time shooting both paid and unpaid projects, is the fact that pretty much nothing ever goes to plan.
i'm the type of person that is most comfortable when i know what to expect. i don't generally like to be surprised or go into a situation that i don't have some sort of control of. when we'd organised our model shoot of a few weeks ago, i had a pretty specific plan in mind.
i knew the location, i knew the types of shots i wanted and and had it all planned out in my head. so it was with a degree of disappointment when i found out that my main location was unavailable on the day and we had to relocate somewhere else.
rethink, adapt and don't be afraid to go with it. sometimes not having a plan gives you the best results.
we ended up planning for a studio shoot with multiple lights and 2 models. but in the end, my fave shots were either natural light or shot only with the modelling lights.
hadn't planned for a black backdrop either. my fault for not checking with k beforehand but it all worked to my taste as i'm much more of a low key lighting type of guy.
after a quick costume change, we had a few other looks to work with. again, all without planning and going with the flow.
all these shots were from the second half of the day - when we'd kept Ali waiting for about 2 hours while we shot Nat.
it's always easy shooting with a professional, experienced model. nat needed very little direction, knew herself really well so posed really seamlessly, which and made it really easy for us to shoot her - makes freestyling like this much more comfortable.
back to the black backdrop with nat.
on the subject of experimentation, i decided to give the anamorphic a test run. a first time with artificial lighting.
more often than not, my fave shots have come about from freestyling. it was a long, stressful day but it all worked out. and that's the key really, keep at it, go with the flow, communicate and you'll end up with something cool.