Monday, November 14

MotoBabes | Making Magic with What You Have

The biggest mistake we can make as photographers is to think that it is the equipment we own (or rather, lack thereof) that isn't helping us take the photographs we want to take.

The truth of the matter is yes, equipment can be limiting, however
at the end of the day it is always us, the photographers, that make or fail to make the image.

While Jean Barton from WaterStone salon and I had attempted to plan this shoot months ago,
we just didn't have time. Do you know how much time it took to plan this? 
Take a guess.
Truth: The night before and 2 joint pinterest boards 3 of us had collaborated on prior.

Do you have any idea how much equipment and people were there to make this shoot happen?
For this photograph below, 5 total
+ Jean and Olivia who did hair and makeup at the salon
+ On location, just 2 of us: Myself and the lovely model Sam 
Jean, Lily and Olivia came on set after an hour of Sam and I shooting.
I didn't even have an assistant there, outside of Jean (who is freaking amazing)

My equipment:
nikon d700 body 
nikkor 50 mm 1.4
tamron 24-70mm 2.8
d500 body (only shot with the last 10 mins of the shoot)
no reflectors, no external lighting, not even a radio transmitted flash

I see the beauty (and have participated) in shoots that are 20 people deep 
with truck loads of equipment but plenty of the best photographs I've made are 
from the simplest of setups, uncomplicated
using as much natural or given light as possible
a sturdy camera body, two little eyes
and a whole lotta heart.

 It is shoots like this that remind me:

There is no such thing as a "perfect set up" for shooting.

All great photographs are made, not just taken.

The light that's backlighting Lily in these shots
is from Jean's mini cooper!
Totally Jean's idea. 
Totally blown away by how they turned out and
how there just happened to be puddles
in the lot from rain the night prior.

I'm going to leave you with one of my favorite poems.
It's called "Opportunity"

THIS I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:--
There spread a cloud of dust along a plain;
And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged
A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords
Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince's banner
Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes.
A craven hung along the battle's edge,
And thought, "Had I a sword of keener steel--
That blue blade that the king's son bears, -- but this
Blunt thing--!" he snapped and flung it from his hand,
And lowering crept away and left the field.
Then came the king's son, wounded, sore bestead,
And weaponless, and saw the broken sword,
Hilt-buried in the dry and trodden sand,
And ran and snatched it, and with battle shout
Lifted afresh he hewed his enemy down,
And saved a great cause that heroic day.

So, my lovely friend,
What magic will you make today
with where you are,
with what you have?

For what you have
and where you are
is exactly where you are supposed to be.


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