A few posts ago I mentioned that I had done the final Critique of the Advanced Lighting Class at Ivy Tech here in Indianapolis. Great group, but one thing that I found myself saying again and again is that sometimes the shot doesn't come easy. I was reminded of that recently when I did a shoot at Ichiban Sushi restaurant on the South Side of Indianapolis about two weeks ago, where I just couldn't get the shots that I wanted. It was taking work.
Personal Work? Fwaa?!?!?!? Yup, personal work. Photos that I go to take or make just for myself. Without someone telling me or paying me to do it their way. That may not seem important, but it's much more important than photographers may realize. I have gotten more clients based on personal work that I have done, than any commercial job that I've worked. People want to see what you do for youself, and what you put the most passion into, and that's what I want to focus on. Putting the passion back into making the pictures that I want to make.
It's not to say that I am not passionate about what I do, as the video I'm posting on this blog will show. As I said in the beginning, sometimes you have to work at getting the shots you want. Very rarely do the shots come immediately, or easily. The video below is every single shot from the shoot that I did with Ichiban. Nothing has been edited, or left out. You'll see me play with white balance, lights, composition....all of it. Just goes to show, that sometimes you've got to mess things up, just to get them right. More Soon.
(Don't mind the crappy music, Royalty Free is what it is...)