This week was a pretty eye-opening week for me when it comes to photography; I realized that sometimes photography can feel like a pretty hard task.
This past weekend I was asked to shoot a prospective-student event on my college’s campus. I readily agreed, but when I showed up the morning of the event, I was very surprised. I found myself in a room of (excuse my language) old people. Normally, this would not phase me at all, but when the director of the event told me it was a prospective student event, she forgot to mention that it was for the graduate studies offered here.
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but as a photographer, it is nice to know exactly what the shoot is ahead of time in order to properly prepare. Luckily, this was just a minor setback for the day, and I was ready to start shooting!
After taking pictures of some of the breakout groups in classrooms, I was asked to go on a tour, first around campus and then out into Nashville. I was not going to be able to stay the whole day, so I asked if I could come to the first few stops to take pictures. After about 30 minutes of following around a campus shuttle, I realized they had decided to do the tour from the inside of the bus. I had nothing to photograph.
(Well, I decided to take a picture of the bus at a red light, but that was just for fun.)
Now, please note that I do not say any of this in order to complain. My intentions are just to portray a learning experience I had: sometimes photography isn’t a fun or easy thing to do, but you have to work through your circumstances. Although the pictures I took of this event were simple and not the type I’ll be adding to my portfolio, I did learn that there are times where you have to work with what you’re given.
As I look ahead at future events, I ask myself (and challenge you to do the same), “How can you better prepare for difficult settings?”