You don’t always get the rock star lighting or the glamour locales but the client expects no less, you expect no less as an artist. How do you still pull it off? Can you?
Some times, its a matter of inspiration, that when dry (or soggy), can put a cloudy vignette over even the best of days. As a photographer myself, I don’t know if there is a cure for something that…well…just comes and goes. It’s an issue I’ve seen pop up a lot recently in the photography circles I’m familiar with so here’s my two cents on the matter.
1. Mindset – Is the cup half full or half empty?
Are you expecting your ‘photos’ to be there for you? (i.e. Cherry Blossoms at High Park, Gaping hole in the fence at Brickworks/Guild Inn). If your inspiration is dependent on the aforementioned, it is going to be cold year round.
2. The 8 Ball – is it in your head (or is Mattel Inc. $10 richer?)
If “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later” is your motto, sorry, Daniel Craig took it to a new level and no you can’t have it back. Going to a site or location banking that something interesting is going to show up is a risky way to play and you might get lucky once or twice. Of course that is somewhat the goal behind sightseeing/photowalks but asking yourself the right questions can totally change your outcome. Having asked yourself beforehand questions like who am I shooting for?/what do I want to shoot?/themes?/any type of goal? is knowing where to aim and you’ll notice that your memory card is more than half full more often.