Recently, when working with clients for a portrait session, I’ve been advising against my longest portrait session option, which comes in at 2.5 - 3 hours of photography. Some people actually do want this much time, and do need it, but for the most part I have found that my clients are more engaged and excited at the beginning of the session.
As an example of what can be done in a quick session, I have a selection of shots from my session with Erin. Erin wanted a new LinkedIn profile picture, as well as some more portrait-y type photos for herself. Also, because she’s good like that, she had a few printed up and sent to mom for Mother’s day. My mom is still waiting on the portraits she requested of me back in 2007. Oops.
We met around 6pm, wrapped up just before 7pm, and never strayed more than 2 blocks from my office. In that short window of time, we were able to get some fun photos, some LinkedIn options, and never had to break a sweat. In a new first for me, Erin also got a “hey there!” from a G train conductor in the form of a horn blow and a smile as the train passed.
Several days after I delivered the first round of photos from Olivia’s Baptism to her mom, I got a phone call. Evangeline was over the moon excited with the results (meaning I was too). It turned out my first shot at shooting a baptism ceremony was a success. In fact, Evangeline confessed to me: “I feel bad about this, but I’m jealous of her photos! They’re even better than my wedding photos were, and I’ve only seen 20 of the photos you took!” I’ll consider that a successful shoot any day!
Taylor and Tim, and their dog Roger, have been busy this summer making the most of summer life. Thankfully for me, they’re patient and have been quietly waiting on me to get their slideshow video put together. They’re happy with how the slideshow turned out, which in turn means so am I!
In several other posts, I’ve mentioned that I’m working on adding video to my skill set. Earlier this summer I took a pretty big step on that journey and volunteered to work with CRUX, an LGBT Climbing Group in NYC, to produce a series of video interviews with the founders and members of the club. The idea behind the videos is to introduce CRUX members to potential new climbers, and show that CRUX is an open and accepting club, and that rock climbing isn’t just for the ultra-fit.
All of the video was recorded on one day in June. Some was filmed at Rat Rock in Central Park, and the rest was filmed at Ft. Tryon Park while CRUX members were bouldering. The experience did exactly what I’d hoped it would do. First, it gave me a low-pressure situation to work on my recording skills (both video and sound), and also a project to work on that was pushing me to accomplish something, not just aimlessly recording video of my dog.
I started by editing the outtakes because I knew that would be a very small project in comparison to putting together video interviews with multiple people, b-roll, sync’d sound, etc. Also, by working on a smaller project, I could learn the points of video editing without working on a large project. On all counts, this succeeded.
The outtakes turned out well, and I’m really happy with it. Sure, it’s odd that I’m thrilled to put together a video of people messing up, making jokes, tripping over their words, and in some cases being vulgar. But hey, in the end it’s fun, and this video will do a good job I’m certain of showing anyone interested in climbing that they are welcome with CRUX.