As I sit here working on updates to The Dance Collective web site (while missing a class at The Dance Collective), I am reminded of how rewarding it is to work with my clients. As primarily an Architectural Photographer, the vast majority of my clients are creatives by nature and trade: architects, interior designers, builders, magazines, etc. and so they approach shoots with the same creative energy they approach everything else in life. Even my rogue Clients, including Amanda and Enrique of the The Dance Collective are Creatives. And, seriously, it make for a way more interesting day, or night, as it was in the case of this particular shoot.
During my interiors shoots, I am a focused perfectionist. I shoot directly to the computer and double and triple check everything from the technical aspects of things including my lighting and camera settings, through composition, and a plethora of other artistic decisions. For example, we might move a chair multiple times to get the shot just right. Props are swapped in and out. Books, pillows, ottomans, furniture. Candles or lamps may be lit and extinguished. Until we have that moment. The one that everyone feels is just the right balance. It’s all way more exacting a process than one would ever imagine.
With people it’s a little different. A lot different. There are countless decisions that are made in order to achieve the final shot. But they don’t necessarily build with each shot better than the previous. You can’t get everyone to achieve the same expression, the same posture, or the same grace in every frame. People are unruly. For me, it’s less relaxing and a little more ‘a wing and a prayer.’
So instead of shot 29 being 28 shots more sophisticated than shot 1, sometimes shot 29 looks like this.
And that’s when I’m hoping the bottle of champagne is handy.
Y buena fortuna.Â Muchos abrazos y besos.
There’s so much going on over here that it’s been tough to find the time to share it.Â Today it’s snowing for the first time (so early!). This weekend I broke out the crock pot for some coq au vin (thanks T), knit a couple of holiday gifts, started the Harry Potter movies with Year 1, and lit some candles.Â It’s definitely starting to feel (and smell) like the holidays.Â Warm and cozy.Â I’m getting in the mood for friends and family, food and curling up on the couch with a furry blanket, a good book and a puppy or two.
This past Saturday night we also had a blast at a cocktail party celebrating the opening of the new space for The Dance Collective.Â Everyone was smiling and in full party mode because we are so proud to be a part of this growing collective that has changed all our lives. And we are thrilled for the well-deserved success of Amanda and Enrique.Â For me, and Sequined Asphault, their opening week meant a couple of other exciting moments.Â A newly updated web site that I set live last Friday night after their last class was taught at the old studio.Â And the delivery of 5 (so far) humongous, fine art prints to decorate their modern, airy and bright, brand new dream studio.Â I won’t lie, it’s been very exciting to see those prints go up over the course of the week.