When I first planned out this client shoot I was nervous and honestly a little reluctant. My previous shoot had been stressful, but successful. Even so, I wanted this shoot to be smooth and effortless on top of being successful. I do not believe that work has to be hard or strenuous. In pursuit of my goal, I went out early one morning to scout my location, make sure the light was workable and the space was photo friendly. While I was in the canyon, a sense of pure peace and vibrant life over took me. The quiet of the space, the golden ocean of grass, the sentry mountains watching over me; it all washed over me and swept away my worries.
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Mrs. Pinzon: Man, you guys are wearing me out.
Neighbor Girl: Why? We’re just taking pictures.
What do you say to a seven-year-old who has more energy than your new puppy? You can imagine how mom and dad might be worn out after being dragged around by three kidlets, two dogs, and a toddler for an hour. But you know she won't get it. After all, kids will be kids.
As I prepared for A. Pinzon's family shoot a couple of weeks ago, all worries and stress vanished from my system. Even without previously meeting this family, I knew that this shoot would go smoothly and create beautiful photographs.
So my best friend Anna returned to Brazil recently, and as a last ditch effort to see her before she left I dragged her on my scouting trip for an engagement shoot I had the following weekend. Anna, good spirited as always, happily accompanied me as we felt out the area. Originally it was purely meant to be a scouting trip to check lighting, find good back drops, etc. But in the end it turned into its own special adventure that I will always treasure.