It’s a Process

The day begins like any other; wake up, drink my coffee, gather my thoughts, but then it stops there. Predictability and routine is for the 9-5 business man walking through mid-town, brief case in tow and cell phone in hand. So, maybe the cell phone in hand might be the same, but that’s where the similarities end. It is in shadowing Robyn that I have learned quickly that photography is not just about standing behind the lens, snapping a photo and making your peeps look good. If that were all, a big fat ‘yawn’ (hand over gaping mouth). It is truly an art-form in the process alone.

Our day begins with a meeting with an important client of Robyn’s who is interested in updating her business portfolio. She has expressed that she doesn’t want the same old photo you can find on just any website bio pic, but something that will capture who she is as a person, and what she represents in her professional life. Sounds so easy? Put them in a suit, gray backdrop, and smile! Not… At least that isn’t for me, and nor is it for Robyn. It is through the process of getting to know the person that provides the backdrop (literally) of how this one shot will capture the essence of who and what they are about. It is in the discussions with Robyn’s client that she asks all that she can, to begin her process to determine where the photo will be taken, what the person will be wearing, how they will be posing. Alone? With someone? Not so simple, right?

It is from that meeting that Robyn has a basis for her idea(s). This is only the first step. Next, off to potential locations. Not just any location, but to the actual home of the client where she has generously allowed us the freedom to explore and determine the best setting. And, not only one location, but a couple. Sometimes it can be easy enough to have only one location, but some jobs require moving from one place to another for shots. We are fortunate in this circumstance, because the client’s home is incredibly beautiful, and the wheels are spinning with ideas. Off we go to the next potential location. Of course, even getting from one setting to the next wouldn’t be easy for us, especially if I’m helping with directions. Robyn made the mistake of handing me the map. Uh, yeah, that should say it all. Of course we took a bit of a detour, and almost ended up on a three hour tour. (Gilligan’s Island reference for any of my fabulous 40’s friends). And, Robyn is going to kill me for this, but for anyone who knows my driving, I’ve met my match in Robyn. However we arrived at our next destination, and still some gas in the tank.

And, that is only the first part of the day. We are on the move to our next meeting with Robyn’s good friend Teresa Schwartz, owner of Deogi Dog Day Care and Resort, and of a rescue, Lone Star Shih Tzu and Lhaso Apso Rescue of Texas. With the passion for photographing dogs, also comes the passion for advocacy and rescue for the ones that don’t have the wonderful lives I, and my friend’s provide for ours. There are many that are discarded and treated poorly, thus individuals like Robyn and Teresa are there to do what they can to help save lives, and hopefully for many find a loving home. I could go on and on with this subject, but will save that for another posting I can solely dedicate to that topic. It is in this meeting that Theresa imparts her knowledge of how I can work with local rescue organizations in my community, providing services that can benefit various groups, and these poor animals that don’t have a voice of their own. Also, getting into the trenches of rescue, not just the photography end to really gain an understanding of this process, and as well developing the relationships along the way.

You would think the day was over, but oh not yet! Robyn has a fur family of her own. OF COURSE! I had the privilege of meeting Robyn’s six furry friends; Diego, L.D., Apples, Ozzy, Harriet and Beau. I was in heaven. They were as darling as Robyn described. Lots of bad breath, butt rubs, licks and love was exchanged in our meeting. And mainly from the dogs. LOL. Don’t go there.

The end of our day was capped off with a wonderful dinner at a sushi restaurant with a couple of Robyn’s friends. Mattison Grey and Paulette Goodreau. Mattison Grey is crazy smart, and is a business coach. I need one of them! She has recently published a book, and has great insight with helping individuals take their business to the next level. Robyn thought it would be nice to meet Mattison and be able to understand how she has provided her with some great tools in her business. I truly need some of that FO SUUURRRE! Also, had the delight of meeting Paulette Goodreau, an amazing artist in her own right. She is the creator of these amazing collector dolls. To even try to describe wouldn’t do them justice. If you go to this link, you will be amazed at the depth of creativity in these dolls. Not your average doll to give your 3 year old, and do hair and such. Just go see! Paulette provided me with her views from a client’s end, and what she saw would be helpful for me to take my next step. And, then I drank my Saporo.

There you have it! Each day in a photographer’s business is not the same, nor is it stagnant, mundane or just taking a pretty picture. It has this process that tells it’s own story, a new one each day. All building on the other to enable a final product, the photo, to be created and tell the story of the client. Phewww, and now a new day begins!

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  1. Posted May 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm by Melissa | Permalink

    Sounds like you are having a great time and learning tons! Can’t wait to see you next week and have you show me what you’ve been working on.

    • Posted May 11, 2012 at 2:58 am by admin | Permalink

      Thank you Melissa! Will be fun to talk live and share!

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