During client consultations, I often get asked if I have shot at a particular venue before. The honest answer is sometimes I have and sometimes I haven’t. There are so many venues in the West Midlands alone - not to mention the rest of the UK.
Personally speaking, it makes no difference to me if I have or I haven’t because there are advantages and disadvantages to both.
The advantages to having shot at a venue before is that you are confident in knowing key photo locations. The flip side to this is that your photos might inevitably lead to looking similar to someone else's (not the same, god forbid, never the same as anyone else's!).
Whereas when you experience an environment for the first time, your mind searches and get’s excited for possible photo's. You are pushed even more so to think on your feet and this is when you tune into your real creativity as a photographer. A huge proportion of my job is problem solving and I get a real buzz, like a magnificent buzz if I think of something different, and it works.
The best example I can think of is Esther and Desmond's engagement shoot at the beginning of the year. Esther had done an amazing job of organising an itinerary of Birmingham locations for the pair to have their photos in their wedding outfits.
Apart the rain, it was all going swimmingly (no pun intended) until we arrived at Birmingham University. This place meant a lot to the couple and Esther was keen to get a photo in the main courtyard with the clocktower. As luck would have it, when we arrived, there were huge white marquees covering the inside of the courtyard for the arrival of Uni freshers.
Plans were nearly scuppered, until we noticed a little alleyway to the side of the courtyard. I figured if I could get a lower perspective and shoot upwards, the stairway would cover most of the marquee and we would still be able to capture the clocktower and of course Esther and Desmond as a near silhouette.
If you look close enough, you can see the top of the marquee. This wasn’t getting photoshopped out because it was part of the day and part of the experience. So thinking on my feet is a huge part of what I do and I wouldn't have it any other way. Much love, Amy-Rose x
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