Man I was nervous. I didn’t have any confidence in my own abilities… realising this made me even more nervous and a little sad. I’ve been behind the lens since I was 12. Camera’s fascinated me and still do but there is still so much for me to learn. I tend to put too much pressure on myself and I definitely did on Saturday afternoon.
Half hour before the shoot Steve was asleep on the couch (ate too much Chinese me thinks) and I was pacing. Yep, pacing. So I called my mum and just like magic the nerves disappeared once she reminded me of the great photos I’ve taken and the study I’ve put into the shoot. I’d be fine. I took a deep breath, inhaled some Ventolin, took a sip of water and went outside to set up.
Anna Marie arrived on time with a bag of options for her attire. She signed the Model Release Contract and we were on our way. Thankfully she had already done her make up and hair and looked stunning. Not having to fuss and letting her feel comfortable with her own look made it so much easier. We opted for a white lace top and a black floral strapless top, black skinny jeans and bare feet. I wanted the shoot to be casual so I could really concentrate on the assignment task… lighting.
I was nervous. She was nervous. Me being nervous wasn’t helping her be less nervous. I took another deep breath, smiled, giggled and said “this is so cool“. She giggled, relaxed, we talked and took pictures. You can see where we both start relaxing in amongst the 450 photos I took that afternoon. Yep, that many. She was brilliant and really patient. I’m learning how to be directive, I think it will come with confidence. It’s so much easier taking photos of bugs and objects lol. I also discovered I hate tripods. Never. Again.
Once the shoot was over I was elated and relieved. Some were bad, some were great and others were stellar. It’s all practice, that’s why I’m studying… but I did good. I’m proud of what I achieved with a model, a chair, my backyard, my Niki and a piece of white cardboard. Go Me. By the way I LOVE MY NIKON… my new bff.
I think I’m going to organise more casual shoots like these in the next few months. I want to do at least one a week. I need the practice. I need to boost my confidence in taking portraits and directing people. I wont get that from text books. Thankfully I have a list of willing victims and since Anna Marie’s shoot I’ve had even more YAY! I might even get my sister in on the act whilst she’s down here…
I’d like to thank my Mum for calming and believing in me, Anna Marie for being my model, my friends for their support and my dogs for vacating the backyard for an hour. You’re all awesome. To see some of the photos check out my Flickr account… [here]