If I were in a situation where I did not know what a customer/photographer expected from me I wouldn’t do anything besides be myself. I would go in with a special recipe that includes a smile, a positive and optimistic attitude, and a little bit of humor because those attributes are all me being myself.
If I were in a situation where I did not know what a customer/photographer expected from me I wouldn’t do anything besides be myself. I would go in with a special recipe that includes a smile, a positive and optimistic attitude, and a little bit of humor, because those attributes are all me being myself.
Have you ever had a situation where you’ve had to enter a room full of people you didn’t know? Of course you have, and I’m quite sure most people have had a situation like that at some point in their lives. Well for me If I was in a situation with a photographer who I never met before and had no idea what to expect, the first thing I would do is walk in with a smile. Smiling always does something to people when its coming from someone else, especially when its from a person they don’t know. Smiling makes you feel at ease, and even welcoming. It relays a message during a first impression without actually using words that says “Im a nice person” and “I am happy to see you”. My smile is to me what peanut butter is to jelly, it just goes hand in hand.
When you approach any situation known or unknown with a positive, optimistic attitude it is bound to go nothing short of great. If I were in a situation at a shoot and didn’t know what to expect from the photographer I would simply stay positive and optimistic throughout the shoot. Im a “go with the flow” type of person and I would simply apply this philosophy to the situation. I know being pessimistic entering an unexpected photo shoot would probably make things spiral downward, so the best thing would be to simply stay positive, work with the photographer, and add my own spark to it.
I love to laugh, and I love to make people laugh. If you ask me laughter is the remedy to any situation. In an unexpected shoot I would make the photographer laugh, and not only that, I would laugh with them. Humor in that situation can definitely ease the tension of the photographer but also would calm any nerves that I may have. Crack a joke, or make a funny face or two and the photographer/customer would never forget you, and when they think of you they would think good things. I know these attributes wouldn’t conflict with what others think about me because it is who I am, and in any unexpected situation it pays to just stay true to who you are.
Those are just some of the many qualities of myself, and they are the perfect recipe to a great, unexpected shoot and to any situation.