These shots are all from the same shoot with KatyCee, we shot 350 images during the 5 hour session, but covered so much ground and a variety of ideas and concepts that I thought it was worth sharing this diversity and explaining my approach to achieving it.
When I shoot I tend to run with an idea for about 30-40 shots at most, after that I find you can end up being repetitive and not moving the idea forward. If the idea is going great, then I’ll let it run, however in most cases we will get some great images within the 30-40 shots and seeing as I will only use the best 2 or 3 images from each set there’s little point of carrying on once you have those. So we call a halt and then move onto another idea, this approach keeps both me and the model fresh, new props, new ideas and changes of lighting. Short bursts of creativity, action and ideas and then onto something else. This approach works for me and most models I’ve worked with feel the same, however like most things around creativity you will need to find what works for you.
A model’s viewpoint
Just to add a model’s viewpoint, if you do shoot long sets e.g. 150+ images per set and then swap onto something else, if your model is not inspired by the idea, then subconsciously they will know they have a long wait before moving onto something else. This won’t help their modelling or posing, so if you do short sharp bursts, if they are not keen then they know that very soon something else will come along.
Flogging a dead horse
I’ve often called a halt on ideas that sounded great until we actually started shooting and they turn out not to produce the fruit I was looking for. Rather than flogging a dead horse I’ll call a halt and move onto another idea. Often I’ll store those ideas and try them with another model or two. If they still stink and produce no fruit then I bin the idea completely. It is interesting that often a different model will produce a completely different outcome to the same initial idea, I often store up ideas specifically for a particular model who I know will do a wonderful job working with the idea.
I keep all my ideas on my iPhone, as soon as I get one, I add it to the Notes app on my phone including some detail and thoughts behind the pose. It can sit on the phone for many weeks before seeing the light of day. I’ll usually add to it over the coming weeks as the idea evolves and extra bits of information flood in. This works for me, I have about 50 ideas sitting on my phone waiting to be shot so I never worry about running out of things to do!