Have you ever felt as if you had something completely mapped out? You envisioned the whole scene and knew what you were going to do? Ever felt totally sure of yourself but then there was a change of plans?
Yeah, that's pretty much how my Sunday went.
I had planned a few weeks in advance to do a small Christmas session with some friends of mine. I was really looking forward to it and already had a location in mind. I had planned on going to a really nice park I had visited a week prior.
Very 'typical' and also very safe. No offense to anyone that loves park shoots. I've always enjoyed taking photos of people in the park but it was definitely in my comfort zone.
A few days before the shoot we made a change of plans and my friends wanted to do it on Worth Ave which was really new for me. So a few hours in advanced I got to Worth Ave and walked around checking out the area to make sure I had some different backdrops to work with in advance.
A few moments after their arrival it began to rain. & didn't really ever stop. So I had to figure out very quickly where we should go, which was quite challenging. It was close to sunset, raining and also getting dark out fast.
We are also working on 'toddler time'.
I had to think very quickly and to be honest I just stayed close to where, their was covering, and used my flash for a lot of this. This helped way more than I imagined.
It also helped that my friends are very creative, and just went with the flow.
What was interesting about the photos below was the fact that the colors all tied in. Notice the toddler's jacket matched the awning in the background, his pants matched the yellow glow coming from the stores and the Father's jacket matched the concrete on the floor and all around. This was just an added bonus for me but made me really happy =)
Even if the lighting was sort of off, I made the photos black and white. Especially if the photos themselves are really great, changing it to black and white helps to focus on the subject rather than the color and vibrance.
Improvisation is a life saver. They brought an umbrella with them and using that in the photo really set the vibe. It also gave off a moody and romantic feeling.
To be honest this is probably one of my favorite shoots to date. I usually enjoy candid photos, filled with laughter and love and I believe this shoot reflected that. It also felt very honest. Grateful for the challenge, it really stretched my thinking. Sometimes doing the safe and usual thing doesn't necessarily even suit the subject. Creativity came out of the unfamiliar. =)
Drop a comment below and share any experiences you've had when your usual way of doing things were challenged..or just say Hi =)