Location….Location…Location………Why shooting on location is equal parts exciting and challenging.
I had a shoot yesterday late afternoon with a lovely model who had some time off her busy schedule that coincided with mine So we set out to make some images together .. for fun. No plan.. what so ever. All I knew going in was I wanted to make images for her that surpassed anything she already possessed.
She arrived with coffee… and a few outfits. Most notably was this flowing red dress. We agreed that because it was the most difficult thing to put on.. it would be best if she suited up with it first before we headed out.
Shooting on location is a perpetuation of challenges, such as this simple one, where to change! In our case we had a vehicle, but still this dress was a chore to put on and things like this have to be taken into account. So.. how do you plan? Well, for one its important to plan out your day along with the sun.. where do you want to shoot? 3 locations? 5? 7? Its best to keep in mind where the light will be. Also where and when will you break for a bite to eat? These are the types of things you CAN plan for. Will there be power where you will be shooting? DO you need a permit? ( lengthy topic there.. and varies by district… not worth getting into here) Will there be parking? Many things like this you can ascertain prior to venturing out. The fun begins.. the true challenge begins once you leave the safe confines of your studio… and head out into the unknown.
We did just that… and I love it.. In fact it is perhaps what I love most about what I do! We did have a game-plan…. and we were headed towards a medieval tower that stands a short 10 minute drive away. The red gown would make be perfect for such a backdrop… I was however thinking it sounded too easy.. to obvious. So I decided that we would re-route our trip to the tower to encompass some terrain that might afford some interesting gritty options, was also along the water.. and could potentially offer us a variety of scenery changes, all within a stones throw of one another. If nothing caught my eye.. then on to the tower we would proceed. My lovely companion agreed it sounded like a great go with the flow plan.
That is exactly what one must lean to embrace… the flow.. and how… to “go with it”, when one is shooting on location. If you close yourself off to whats around you because you have blinders on for the image you’ve set your heart on… you will often fail. The challenge lies in being able to be open to almost anything. To see the possibilities that surround you. To be open to trying new things and to learn to… while doing all of this.. “go with the flow” jazz… to still follow the light and be aware of it as it to, flows… away, as it always will.
I find it incredibly exciting to discover new places, however seemingly vapid of charter and uncover the the jewels they truly are. I know that all places and spaces will come alive with the right light.. a little love.. and a little faith. Great things happen in life when you leap into the unknown while bound to a faith that great things are possible. Almost every time… magic happens. I think its true for all aspects of life. The images in this post, were all made within 200 feet of one another. They happened because I let myself follow the cues around me, and because I was appreciative of each and every opportunity they afforded me.