We’ve all heard the “proper prior planning” admonition too many times to count. The absolute worst time to hear it is when things are going down the drain.
There are more than a few coping mechanisms for artists when the hoped-for turns into the hoped-not.
The rarely effective and often fatuous, “I meant to do that” gets a lot of mileage. That statement isn’t any more unbelievable than the majority of doubletalk you’ll hear in the corporate world.
Another good one is, “let’s see where this takes us.” At the very least, you might be able to buy some time to sort things out.
My favorite is to call whatever is going on a “happy accident” which can cover the good or the bad equally.
The easiest way to set yourself up for success is to have as few variables as possible. For me, it’s just a working camera and a willing subject. This Clayton, Missouri portrait session fit that template.
That’s all I need to be as stitched up as my subject’s jacket.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.