At photoshoots, as in life, you can never plan for everything. You can pick the best outfit, makeup and hair and still there is going to be something thrown at you. Of course the key is to plan everything you CAN control so you can focus your attention to the last minute things you CAN'T control. No matter what you do, even in a studio setting, the unexpected can happen. From way too windy beaches, to sudden rain or even local law enforcement asking for permits your photographer may or may not have anything can and will happen. Even in the studio, I have witnessed fires (that I was not responsible for FYI), breaking flashes, falling backgrounds, frustrated photographers if it can go wrong it just might and likely will at some point. So it is up to you to not let this affect you and still get a good shot.
If you can learn this trick it will serve you not only in your photoshoots but as a dancer, if you are one, and in life in general. It isn't really a trick at all but a motto. The show must go on. No matter what.
I first learned this in my first full ballet, Carmen. Me and two other dancers were performing our trio piece when I went on relevee not quite as perfectly as I should and I felt the lamb's wool wedge between my little toe and fourth toe and quite literally snap it like a twig. The dull throbbing that is wearing pointe shoes kind of numbs you to most feeling on your feet so I wasn't entirely sure if it was broken. I finished my piece and rushed backstage to examine it. When I opened my tights to look my toe was like a dead leaf barely hanging on to the branch. So I did what any ballerina does in this situation, tape my toe to the toe next to it, secure with a few more rounds of tape and put my pointe shoe back on and finish the show. Now this story is perhaps extreme but not out of reason.
So how do you make the show go on?
1- Put it in Perspective
Well for one you can imagine all the money you will waste if you are paying for the shoot if you have to reschedule or the jobs you may loose if you start developing the reputation as a difficult model. Put it in perspective. Most pain or annoyance is temporary and there is no reason to throw something away that may have been scheduled for weeks or months in advance.
2- Bring a Refresher
Take a break if you need to, eat a snack, drink some water and bring yourself back around. I always try to make a playlist of either fun and happy music to get me out of a drab mood or one in character of the shoot I am going to. This isn't always possible but even if you have just one song that you love at the moment, bring it. Listen to it or sing it to yourself and you should be able to get out of your funk the external force, pain or whatever put you in.
3- Suck it up
Most obstacles you experience in a photoshoot will not cancel the shoot. That being said you have a professional responsibility to deliver despite what is being thrown at you. This is when you practiced looks and poses will save you. Go to your solid poses and looks grip onto that veil that the wind is trying to steal, suck up that bleeding toe, ignore the drunk man being escorted off the set and deliver your performance! You will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish. To prove the point, all the photos in this blog post would have never happened if I hadn't pushed through the obstacles. Read the captions and laugh.
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