A few months back, I got to do a little creative with Jade. A creative is basically a shoot that you do with no expectations. Photos might be good… or they might be crap. You don’t know before you start shooting. I felt like playing around with colours and textures in the studio so Jade brought her own team and … we played. It was my first time in a long time working with another team and not my Boudoir glamour team. But fear not, It went awesome.
I do want to take a moment to talk about something that I learnt during this shoot. My glamour team is used to the way I work, right? We are together all the time after all. We are all growing and evolving together. So, when it came to working with another team, it’s needless to say that I was a little nervous. After all, when working with a new team (even if temporarily) all you want to do is impress. Is it just me? Anyyyywho.
When I first started photography. All I wanted to do was impress. I wanted to show people around me that “hey look! I know what I’m doing!!” Given that, with photography, there’s no way of actually showing on the spot that you are taking a good photo, the only other way to show people that you are competent is by showing off awesome gear. I always thought : “Well, If I have awesome gear, people will think that I’m ahead of the game and that I’m an experienced photographer.” That’s what most starting photographer think. If they spend thousands of dollars in gear then, they will impress people around them and additionally get awesome photos . 2+2 is 4. Boom! Which is also why everyone has trouble starting in photography and keeps saying “I’m trying hard to start in photography … but everything is so expensive.”
So why am I telling you this?
As the new glamour team came in and started makeup and hair on Jade, I got ready. Except that for me getting ready in studio is using a white wall, a 2$ yellow bristle board, tape, my small 50mm lens and window light. Ghettooooo. No fancy lights, no fancy big lenses, nothing. I distinctly remember them coming up to me and asking : “So is that ALL we are using today ?” While looking at the smallest bristle board you’ve ever seen. NOT impressed.
A little behind-the-scene?
In the past, that comment would have MORTIFIED me. I would have been so embarrassed! But I wasn’t ! I was more than confident with the little gear I had there. I didn’t NEED anything else!! Truth is, i have all that fancy gear but… I don’t use it. It’s not necessary for the what i’m trying to achieve.
After that comment, I came to realize how much my frame of mind around photography changed over the years. You don’t need fancy equipment to make good photos!! You need imagination. You need to see the photo before it’s taken and then look around you to find ways to make it happen. I guess thinking this way came with shooting weddings. Most of the time, we can’t bring gear, we have no time and we have to use what’s there. Period.
If you are just starting out, don’t give up just because you don’t have money to invest. Use what you got.
After these photos were delivered, I got a comment from the hairstylist (who actually is ALSO a photographer) saying: “OMG, I can’t believe you got these photos with the little gear that you had. It’s amazing.”
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