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I was on a tour of Milan when I saw this model working with some photographer off in the corner of my eye. When I saw them, I knew that I had to try and sneak a shot of my own. I walked on over, crouched down and shot 3 or 4 pictures, this happened as a result of it. I couldn’t be more proud of this photo.
You know what would make you even prouder?
Design your own photo shoot, get the necessary licensing to photograph in the streets, the right insurance to cover you and the model, a model release signed by her, book and pay for her hair, makeup and clothes styling. Book and pay an assistant to help with lighting and the other hundred things that could happen around you while your eye is in the frame. Cover all those costs, time and labor by the couple hundred or so you got paid to take these shots. Hoping like hell that model doesn’t get sick, it doesn’t rain and the clothes fit. Keeping yourself alive through your passion, problem solving, technical and artistic skills to get up and do it all over again. So, what’s the payoff, since you got a pretty picture without all that work? Notice she isn’t looking at your camera. She is not engaged at all in this shot. She’s a professional, so she looks good, but you aren’t her photographer. It’s a pretty shot because she is pretty. When you do become her photographer, she will make the connection in YOUR camera. You will create a beautiful shot WITH her.
That. That will make you stand up tall.
Just imagine what that would be like.
(Source: ChasenWest.com, via imiging)