Over the past few weeks, I have had some reasons to exasperate. Once again, I experienced that teaming up with people is not easy. Most people I collaborate with or work for has minimal regard for the creative process; they want immediate solutions or gratification. So in some cases, it requires more than having patience. As I think hard about this, I can't help but wonder how ethical is it for me to do the work in spite of my creative input not being valued. Am I vein for thinking like this?
My peace of mind is far more important than making a point; so turning the blind eye is something I'm learning to do, especially when the other person has a massive ego or is giving me a check for a job done.
One way I can relate these images to the title in this post is that they were done under a lot of pressure and in less than 30 minutes on a cold day in April. On this shoot, Gwen requested having her makeup done, which I always agree to when it's an option; I know that having a professional makeup artist working in a shoot gives a unique layer to the final result. The downside is that it took nearly two hours, the total amount of time I had available for the entire shoot. I toyed with the idea of canceling the entire thing, but I chose to do the shoot with whatever time I had available.
This shoot also gave me another reason to learn why preparing ahead of time is so important. I lost many images by not having a card installed in my second camera! Although having two cameras for me is now a must, I also understand that when doing a photo shoot, is far better to do the entire session with one single camera instead of two. A second camera is only there for when things go wrong, they're not to be used simultaneously. (at least not until I gain more confidence as a photographer)
To recap, here's how I choose to work when things don't go according to plan. I'd like to know what works for you!
- The design process is not personal. Focusing on getting the job done will save me some headaches.
- Keeping things simple for the sake of consistency is a smart way to anticipate any hurdles that might come.