As any artist knows, preparation counts for a lot. But being able to manage when things go haywire separate the careerist from the amateur.
This photo session was scheduled to start after the peak of morning traffic. Immediately after the session, I was booked to show my portfolio at a nearby design firm.
When I arrived I could see that all of the elements were in order. Great weather, an interesting location and relative quiet for us to collaborate on creating some powerful photographs. The only missing piece was my subject, Maya. Since I was early I didn’t give it a second thought.
I don’t use much gear so my setup took only a couple of minutes. After checking the time, I figured that I could walk across the street and get some coffee. Just as I was about to call Maya to see if I could get her something my phone rang. Maya was stuck behind some traffic that looked impenetrable. Her GPS said it was going to be another twenty minutes. As it turned out the traffic got worse.
An hour after the designated start time Maya arrived on scene. Being a seasoned professional actor, Maya immediately gave the perfect performance. From beginning to end the session lasted exactly six minutes. I thanked her profusely for her performance while I loaded my car. As it turned out, I made my portfolio presentation with about thirty seconds to spare.
All in all, I enjoyed a perfect outcome from some less than optimal circumstances. I’m so glad I waited. Click over and see some more selects from the session.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.