Few weeks ago I had arranged a photoshoot with a model – who couldn’t make it on time, because of the pre Christmas traffic on the streets of London.
So – What to do when your model could not make it for the photoshoot.
As the session wasn’t commercial assignment (it was for my Creative portrait Photography – portfolio), I didn’t have any problem with the model not showing. The only disappointment for me was that I spend half a day in setting up – lighting, stands, strobes and not being able to shoot.
What could I do with all my gear already set up and waiting?
Well, to begin with – I started experimenting with second curtain strobe, by taking self portraits, as I was alone. Bellow you can see me and the result of this self experiment.
As soon as my wife showed, I decided to take advantage of her presence.
For the purpose I asked her to prepare herself by applying some makeup – the usual stuff. For my big surprise she walked into the studio and said to me:
“I want to be Queen Lagertha”
What a surprise!
To be honest I wasn’t expecting my wife to show such creativity – she works in the finance sector. By the way if you don’t know who “Queen Lagertha” is, better start watching the tv serial “Vikings”.
Needles to say, photographing your own wife always carries some risks. Risks such as getting into some arguments, as she is not a professional model and I have to be, all the time, a bit more “persistent” over how she is standing in front of the camera.
Despite all the “risks” and challenges we managed to capture some cool images, which can be seen bellow.
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And the advice here is simple:
What to do when your model could not make it for the photoshoot – Well, never walk away from it without capturing good images. Use everything in your disposal, take advantage of every opportunity to explore and develop yourself as a photographer.
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