Here’s the thing. I am so incredibly lazy. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about art and photography these days, and kind of wondering if I can ever truly be the artist I want to be because I am so lazy. I don’t really like spending hours upon hours working, no matter how much I love my job. I think about some of the artists I admire and am amazed by their dedication and passion. It’s not that I don’t have these things, but I can be flighty and my attention span is pretty limited. I get a little tired of things quicker, I guess.
So in all this thinking and soul-searching, I thought about what would be my ideal photo shoot. I realized that it would need to be quick – I just really don’t love spending a ton of time on something. If you’ve ever had a session with me – you know I shoot fast, we’re moving from place to place and it’s fun and never boring. That’s what I want from photography – from MY art. I may not have the depth and the patience that other artists have, but I will have spontaneity and more time to do other things.
Which lead me to the project I’m embarking on. ONE HOUR PHOTO. It’s still kind of a work in progress, but the gist is this – I have to have ONE photo that I create in ONE hour. I liked this idea because I always seem to work best under a deadline, like most other photographers I know, I am a supreme procrastinator. So I need to come up with the concept, style and shoot the session in an hour. I was going to include editing in Photoshop but when I ran my idea past a friend – she just raised an eyebrow at me and said that she hoped I could drive fast. Point taken, so for now I’m not including editing in my time total. We’ll see if I get faster or slower as this project progresses, and if I can add in Photoshop to the total time.
Here are all the deets: I started at 4:00pm on Sunday and grabbed my backdrop stand, some wraps and a muslin backdrop. I headed to the garage to quickly do some figure studies of my girls. Right now Emma has got muscles I could never even dream of and I’ve been wanting to photograph her in the worst way. Charlotte is a scrawny little thing that is such a crazy juxtaposition to her sister that I thought it would be a great and quick idea.
WRONG! First of all, the garage was the worst place to do this. The light was great but my girls were crazy distracted by the kids outside playing. Secondly, it’s extremely hard to make children work fast. I could hear a note of panic in my voice as the time started to tick away. I set up, dressed them and fired off about 30 shots within the hour. 47 minutes to be exact. I thought one hour would be a ton of time, but it’s not an hour of shooting, more like 20 minutes. Which isn’t a ton of time to get what’s in your head out and into your camera. Thirdly, my kids have entered a modest stage and were incredibly uncomfortable with what they were wearing. (bathing suits under fabric wraps)
So I didn’t really get the shots I imagined. I have too many ideas and they all bump around in my head kind of frantically. But I did get a few that were interesting to me, and I’m super glad I did this. It was only an hour of my time and I learned a lot for next time. (BE CALM!) I’m excited to do more of these, to be more adventurous in my ideas, locations, styling and models. But for the first few – you’ll probably be seeing my girls and some very simple ideas. I want to do this every week, but remembering that I am VERY VERY LAZY you should not expect this whatsoever.
I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. I’d also be excited if any other lazybones want to join me in this and see what you can create in under an hour.
And just because I can’t help myself, here are a couple of the outtake shots that I like but just weren’t quite “the one”.