These past few weeks have been a whirl-wind moment in my life. Since starting my new job it’s like I don’t have time outside of work for anything else anymore and on some levels that is making me sad. But I am learning a lot and am coming to terms with what it is to work in a team again.
I am so used to being my own person, making the decisions about the direction of my work and being the one who meets with the client and discusses their options with them.
These days I’m more of a plebeian than I have ever been and I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, just takes some getting used to. These days I have to show my work to someone else before the client sees it, I have to treat some clients like kings (even if they are rude) and others like second class citizens (even if they are cordial and better organised).
Having said that, I’ve also spent the last few weekends doing other work, one job for free (with the promise of referrals) the other paid and potentially an ongoing arrangement. Yes it’s true I’m taking photos for money.
A few weeks back I spent a day photographing the Melton 2-day Motocross Meet near Tarneit, I was only there for the finals on Sunday. And I love it. I was in my element, live action, you can’t go wrong photography. Get the shot or miss out. I crave it.
In a way it is like taking portraits of kids, you have to click at just the right time, almost preempting what is going to happen to ensure you get a “money shot”. And for the most part I think I did well. The client (a former work colleague) was very happy with the photos and I was too.
I came home spitting dust, with a shirt and socks that will never be white again and a couple of memory cards full of happiness.
The past two weekends however have been spent shooting houses, things that don’t move, things that should be easy to get a good shot from because there is nothing going on but setting the shot and snapping the shutter. Well it didn’t work that way for me.
It’s the first time I’ve really shot a full house layout and I can honestly admit I need more practice at this type of work. I can’t shoot a facade to save myself; but my interiors came up pretty good, though some will need colour correction before going to print.
Again the client was more than happy, but I’d spent the last two weeks stressing about the photos I had taken and went out on four separate occasions to reshoot and still wasn’t 100% happy with what I came home with. I’m sure I could definitely do better with a wider-angle lens.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m too hard on myself regarding my work. All of my work. Sometimes I think, maybe, I just need to let go a little and relax.
Of course you can probably tell my favourite shoot was the motocross. I love working when you have to see the shot before it happens. And while I also love the idea of riding bikes (only the idea because no one in my life will let me own one) I really, really love shooting them and any type of action.
I’m gonna do a whole lot more of it, real soon.