So much of the success of our blog comes from the posts we get from our photographers. So, I love it when someone in our group sends us an idea for a post. After a recent project, Richard Schultz had this on his mind and chose to share it with our readers. I am guessing he is not alone in his thinking.
“When did shooting 6 or more lifestyle images, all in different set-ups, per day, for major advertising campaigns, become the norm?
Those of you who know me well, know that I am not a complainer. I consider myself a problem solver and I welcome the challenges of more complicated shoot days. And, those of you who know me also know that I am certainly happy (and appreciative!) to be as busy as I am.
That said, I do sometimes find myself longing for the “good old days” when we’d have the time and budgets to shoot 2-3 shots in a day, no variations, no set up changes. Remember those days? We would have time to really explore a scenario and mine it for as many special moments as we could make happen. We could engage the talent on a deeper level and experiment more creatively. We could do all of that AND actually have time for a 30 minute lunch break.
Understanding that this is the new black, I wasn’t surprised when all of a sudden I found myself acclimated to this new expectation. It was then a welcome change when on a recent library of images project, the art buyer asked us to increase the shoot days from three days to four days. We were stunned. Happy, but stunned.
I know doing more with less is just part of the current economic picture. I have gotten good at it actually. Maybe that is why despite talk of the continued recession we are still busy, and most of my photographer/agency friends are the same. I would like to think that with our collective hard work we can contribute to the recovery.
I do wonder though if we will we ever get back to a 2 shot day with time to kick back and have an enjoyable meal as a group again? My parents always said I was a dreamer, I’m still holding out hope.
In the mean-time, I guess lunch was my least favorite meal anyway.”
To see more of Richard’s work, please do link here.
See full post here: Heather Elder Represents Blog2011-10-13.