Friday, January 1, 2010

The Right Expression

This little girl was blowing a kiss to Mommy and Daddy at the time this shot was taken. I almost didn't include it in the group of shots given to the parents.

Why would I NOT include it? Because like so many photographers, I sometimes let my preconceived shots dominate over my reality shots. In other words, I was aiming for a smile, I didn't get the smile, therefore this shot must be a failure . . . right? WRONG!!

This is one of their favorite shots, because it captures the spirit, energy, and personality of that child. Remember, photography is a journey, not just a destination.

It's like taking a two hour hike to get to a waterfall and not taking a single other shot along the way. Don't get so focused on what you want, that you forget to be open to other possibilities.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you on this shot because I have had many, many experiences back during the 'film days' when I would get the proofs back and I would look through them. I'd throw out the obvious ones, blinkies/unplanned strange expressions, that sort of things and some times I was very unsatisfied with the shots though they were the best work I could do.

    Then, when I showed them to the client, they just loved them. I guess I just need to remember that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'.

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