And then it clicks

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To this day, after almost 9 years of doing photography professionally, I still worry at the beginning of every shoot.

Every shoot I walk into feels like the first time I’m shooting, and I hold my camera in my hand and have a little freakout inside my head. “Will I be able to pull something out of this subject? Will I get the shot?” I feel like I’m flying by the seat of my pants no matter how much I thought I prepared beforehand.

And then, some time into the shoot, something magical happens. And this always happens. The shoot just comes together. Everything clicks. The emotions are there, the composition comes together, poses start to flow out of the subject, and ideas come out of me.

And I think that’s how it should be. My honest opinion is that no shoot should feel anything like any other. I should never be comfortable walking into a shoot because if I come in with pre-conceived poses, knowing exactly how I’m going to photograph a scene, am I really doing my client justice? No, I’m not. I’m shooting them the way I’d shoot anyone else, not the way that highlights their unique personality.

So when I’m in the middle of a shoot, and I’m starting to worry about it, that’s a great feeling to have.

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