To start, I just want to say Wicked Mojo Photography was fantastic to work with. He’s friendly and easy going, which made going from look to look stress-free and fun. We got along so well that I ended up sticking around after the shoot. We spent time chatting about photography and the artists who inspire us. Not only did I meet someone awesome, but this shoot helped me learn more about myself.
Just be yourself
The very first thing we shot when I walked into the studio that day, was me. In the clothes I was already wearing, the most basic makeup look and nothing done to my hair. On the inside, I was terrified. I wanted to shoot this look, mentioning it before we actually met up. I even went over pictures of natural looking subjects for some ideas. But there is nothing quite like the moment when you realize your “motivation” is to be yourself.
Luckily for me, we started talking about life and random events, so I wasn’t thinking 100% of the time “Oh, am I smiling? Should I be? Am I moving my hands around while talking without thinking about it?” I was not only able to have a nice conversation, but got some shots of me just being me. Maybe this is something that will get easier with practice, knowing there is a camera on you without thinking too much about it.
On the flip-side was our Dystopian theme. This was inspired by an idea Wicked Mojo Photography worked on a while ago.
I try to stay as best organized as I can during a shoot. This time, I thought I was on top of my game. I picked out the different looks the night before, down to the accessories and shoes. I even separated them into different bags before the shoot.
But even with all that, as we started wrapping up the shoot, I realized that the one item-the one that started it all, my hooded vest, was the only thing I hadn’t shot. Meanwhile, I had matched that item with 2 different outfits originally, yet I somehow almost forgot it! Luckily we both laughed about it and threw in one last quick look, which turned out perfectly.
This was a good reminder that as much as I’d love to be in control of everything and feel 100% prepared, chances are, things will change or plans won’t go exactly as…well…planned.
But as I saw with this shoot, sometimes, they turn out even better.