My photography has been all over the place lately. Two weeks ago I was in my comfort zone shooting Liam’s 3 month infant pictures. Later that same day, I found myself very uncomfortable shooting a wedding reception for a friend. It’s the last place I ever thought I would find myself shooting but I learned a lot there and it was one of the coolest receptions, full of beautiful people and very laid back and chill. I really think it’s important to step out of your comfort zone from time to time. It helps you grow and get additional perspectives on things.
Last week I found myself at Taste Lounge in Curtis Bay, MD at the Acire’ and Mr. Ward spring fashion show. The show started about an hour late but it was a lot of fun. All of the models and the organizer, Erica, were really nice and the clothes were pretty neat. I’m not sure if it would be something that I would wear, but I can definitely see the urban youth of Baltimore sporting these clothes this summer. I found the gig on Model Mayhem, a website for people involved in modeling and fashion including hair designers, stylists, make up artists, photographers, directors, and models. It’s a social networking site where you can post jobs for different professions and chat to people in the same industry.
A funny observation about my latest adventures, despite being the only white guy in the entire place at the fashion show, I was more comfortable and more confident there than I was at the wedding reception. Wedding receptions depend a lot on “catching the moment”, catching the spontaneous moments of joy on the faces of the attendees. My friend Evan does a pretty good job of doing that. My style, however, is more of posed shots, I like my lights to be at particular angles, the models to be in specific positions and then make fine tuning adjustments. I’m not talking about stick in the mud shots, but more planned out sessions rather than impromptu shooting. If I had been a second shooter with a wedding photographer a few times, like Evan, I may feel more comfortable with that creative outlet but until then, I’ll stick with my portraits and models 🙂