We decided to do some White Sheets images followed by One Light on Black and then some Twiggy type photos. That meant white, black and grey backgrounds. I also told Lara that she could bring back her humongous suitcase, basically her closet-on-wheels.
So as Lara changed her make-up and hair, I removed the black backdrop and put up the grey seamless paper. An acquaintance, referred to as Old Pro, told me how they used to shoot those 60's style images. Basically a key light, my Beauty Dish and a huge softbox for fill, my 86" PLM, and that was basically it.
I went in to check on Lara and review some of the clothes for our 60's style shoot. After a quick break, we shot for another hour and a half. Holy crud, it was almost 10:00 PM. Lara was great and worked right up until I called a wrap. She neither complained, nor asked me to hurry up. As Lara left to put "ALL" her clothes away, I decided to review some of the images and got discouraged. While walking Lara to her car, I began apologizing for not keeping my end up of the shoot, that I felt the images I captured were mediocre at best. She said, "No worries, we'll shoot again in two weeks."
FLICKR. That same night, my iPad kept beeping every time I got an e-mail. I woke-up and checked to see that several people had commented on, or favored this image. Then on e-mail said "Stunning! Congrats on Explore." Seriously, EXPLORE!!! I just posted the pic to get some comments and critiques.
EXPLORE category. We hit position #149 out of the top 500, not bad because usually I add my image to Photo groups on FLICKR, but this one I only posted. I messaged Lara, and she responded "Mediocre turned out Most Interesting!! ...FAR OUT...!!"
So What Did I Learn?
- That's an easy one - Keep your thoughts as thoughts. Even if you don't feel good about your images after the shoot, keep it to yourself. Lara did a GREAT job and for me to admit anything less than being pleased with our session before really viewing the images was totally inconsiderate.
*** UPDATE ***
Apparently the image with Lara jumping (above) also hit EXPLORE on the same day. That's a first for me, two images on EXPLORE in one day. With that good news, here's one more image from our shoot.
This was part of our White Sheets, but decided I add both the actual image and an Outtake to show Lara's personality.
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