I have been wondering about this for quite some time.
Not for you but just for myself. You know. How to get down with all the
pictures floating around. How to optimize my work process. If you have been
following this Blog super close you will
realize that I tried to write a similar
post a couple of months ago. I took it down. It was not where I wanted it to
be. And then, yesterday I reada post by
Mary on $hitty First Drafts. Yeah, you read that right. Now, you see, very
often when I need something getting done and we push it away…
I argue Oh I could not start this project, I haven´t
found someone to coop with me yet. Or Ähm,
I could not start the new page yet, I´m undecided about the color scheme.
Yes. I do it ALL the time. $hitty First Drafts is an
idea to write down a very vague first draft to take the pressure away from
getting it right the first time. I friggin´ love this idea! And I´m sorry I put
an unfinished post right in your face! I am trying to do better. Promise.
Here is what I do behind the lens. Here is how I work
around a portrait session and I know it´s not perfect. It´s not gold. BUT if
just one single person finds this helpful I am mighty happy to share!
If you roll different or have a question shoot away in
the comment section!
Thinking the whole process over again I realized there are three parts
you can divide a session in. 1. Preparation 2. Shooting 3. Post processing
It was this one week in February. One day I had
called my Mom and told her that by the same time tomorrow I would be in town. I
took a train, from Siena/ Tuscany to the middle of Germany, sat still for
seventeen hours and as my Dad picked me up from the train station I was more
than ready to go home. I had not been home for quite a while since last
Christmas was my first one overseas.
It was due. I needed home. This was the same
week her first mail arrived. She asked me if I were in Siena at the end of the
week. She wanted to meet me and have a café. She sounded friendly. Sweet. But
you have to know I never met Amy before. She had read a comment I had made on
her wedding, which was photographed by Sarah (Ampersand Photography) and was curious. She found my
Blog, liked it and decided to ask for a meeting. I was overjoyed! And in the
It was just their luck. This one week they were
visiting me in Tuscany it had been raining every. Single. Day. We had just been
hiding out in an absolute elegant cafè and took the one rain-free-hour to
stroll around this little mountain village, somewhere tucked away in the Tuscan
hills. Them being my brother, his fiancée and a friend. And as it sometimes
happens in those tiny places everyone is exploring a bit on their own. At one point close to the market square, my
brother was walking into one of these ancient courts along the main street to
have a great panorama view into the valley. I was following up, because I
thought better look out for him, I don´t want anybody to get lost here in a
country they don´t understand a single syllable in. We were taking in the
dramatic view with storm clouds and hills and wind as a young gentleman came
into the court and closed the main entrance.
No biggy, I will talk to him, maybe he did not
see us. So I approached him in my most charming way to reopen those doors, but he
just said, no, you can go through the cellar.
Alright, how long could it possibly take to walk out onto main street through
his cellar, right? So we started to climb down the thick, rough stone stairs,
as the young man also locked the cellar´s door.
This picture was taken at the very first wedding I photographed.
I just adored the tiny notes from the groom all over the brides accessories. While being with her I saw how her face lit every time she found a new tiny note while she was getting ready. In every piece of her wardrobe was hidden somehting like You look gorgeous, Can´t wait, and the one above say´s See you soon!
Lately I had this awkward feeling that I know Italia soo much better than the country of my parents and decided to drive to Berlin. This was infinitely sweetened by the presence of my dear roomy from Italy.
Lesson learned. Last week I attended the first
workshop in Germany and besides being over the moon about the good company, I
was thrilled to learn new things. Here are some I want to print in my heart and
share with you.
Little gifts ~ arriving at the location and
settling into our seats around the table, each and every participant had a cute
mint or red note book in front of them. It was a personalized product with both
names Desmond & Antonia engraved. Now, this was tiny. BUT it created an
instant appreciation in the person receiving the little gift. I totally loved it. Now I´m thinking up my own
plans how I could create such cute extra attentions.