I was asked by a office from Kuala Lumpur to create some corporate pictures of their regional managers from various Asia countries. The brief of the photo shoot was short yet clearly understandable what the client needed. These images will also be archive and used for the company internal usage.
On the day of the photo shoot, I will reach the location 30 minutes in advance, in this case even earlier because i have not met the client prior, there is no ground recce either because the place is located in a hotel. Hence it would be good to sit down with the client and discuss her need for the images and later scout for a good spot for the photo shoot.
The funny thing is, when i finalise the spot i wanted. I waited another hour before the photo shoot begins. Then the spot i wanted which is a bar was opened for business and lots of people started to come in for a drink after their conference. It was quickly needed to scout a new spot and i have to determine one immediately because the regional managers are out of the conference!
Once the position is finally decided, i needed another 15 minutes, fastest, to set up the lightings, i did not have any assistant on that day because the client bring forward the photo shoot one day in advance. Suddenly there was lots of pressure because of all these unforeseen circumstances to handle.
Even though i have been doing corporate photography for more than a decade, there are always new things to learn because every photo shoot has different type of situation, environment and personalities to handle. There may be some restriction on the ground at times but with experience i am able to adapt to the last minute changes. Having an original plan is never foolproof, but having the ability to make quick decision when something does not go according to plan is equally critical.
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