Every so often, I find something requested of me and I fret over how I'm going to live up to the expectations. The best example I can think of is the (614) ColumBest shooting for this year's list. The email I got letting me know what I was responsible for shooting had this little line in it: "Melting Pot - Something cool like you did last year." The pressure was on!
It was a different sort of pressure I found myself under a couple weekends ago. My sister-in-law had received a few photos of a friend's daughter, and loved the concept so much she wanted me to duplicate it with my niece, Leah. While it was a very straightforward task, I felt like I needed to do it better, make my niece look that much more cute than the example I was shown. So, home I went, thinking about all the different ways I was going to make it better. I had thoughts of going to the park, bringing along some Speedlites, light stands, and modifiers. You know, a big production! But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized simplicity was going to be key.
So, out to the back yard we went. I brought along the frame, Mrs. Art Works supplied the awesome antiquey beaded necklaces, and Mother Nature supplied about the perfect shooting conditions. Shooting in open shade - with a bit of tree-filterd sunlight coming through made for some awesome lighting. I had a reflector on hand, just in case, but didn't even think about using it once we got started.
Leah was closing in on nap-time, so we were a bit apprehensive about what type of mood she was going to be in. Turns out, with the exception of a one-year-old sitting in one spot only as long as a one-year-old wants to, she was as smiley and happy as could be, at least as long as Mom was in sight, and the frame didn't fall down around her.
All in all, I feel great about what I captured. Mrs. Art Works swears that I did a better job than the example I was shown, but I think she's a bit biased! I always seem to conjure up these unbelieveable images in my mind of how I want something to come out after the shoot. The problem with that is, while I can produce work that looks good, and is almost what I pictured, I end up overly critical of my work because it didn't live up to my expectations. This round, however, everything came together just so, and I got exactly what was in my mind. An more, really, as you never know quite what expressions a nearly cranky one-year-old may give.
This weekend coming up is going to be spent at the pumpkin patch with the nephews; I hope I can turn it into something just as fun!