Warning: Glamour Shoot Troubles Ahead!

There are two things you can count on when it comes to photo shoots: 1) No two are alike; and 2) At some point, something’s going to go wrong.

Nearly every shoot will present you with an unexpected situation that you’ll have to deal with in order to make the shoot work. That’s just way it is.

No matter how much time you devote to coming up with a pre-shoot plan, there are simply too many variables involved for things to come off perfectly and without a hitch.

The hard truth is just about every shoot you do will present you with some sort of situation that you couldn’t have possibly anticipated. And if you’re going to make the shoot work, you’ll have to find a way to deal with this unexpected situation. That’s the nature of the beast.

Sometimes the problem will be a significant one (such as your entire lighting system breaking down). Sometimes the problem will be smaller (having to take time recharging a battery, for example).

But whether the unexpected circumstance is big or small, you’ll need to temporarily stop being a photographer and become a “problem-solver” instead.

And here’s another factor to keep in mind: When you’re shooting glamour or nude images, the potential problems are multiplied.

Let’s face it, if your goal is to capture an image of a tranquil lake at sunrise, you don’t have a great deal to worry about. You need to bring the necessary equipment. You have to compose the shot in the way you feel works best. And, most difficult of all, you have to wake up early enough to arrive at the lake before sunrise (this is the reason I don’t take too many pictures of tranquil lakes).

It’s true that you may run into unforeseen circumstances even with this type of shoot. For example, the weather may not be what you were hoping for, or you may find yourself chased up a tree by a grizzly bear.

However, even the grizzly bear problem pales in comparison to the multitude of unexpected situations that can arise when working with live models (especially nude or nearly nude ones).

Trust me, working with models opens up a seemingly endless array of potential problems.

Here are just a few of them: personality clashes, late arriving models, makeup and wardrobe issues, posing problems, and various versions of model meltdowns.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

But here’s the good part:

The inevitable difficulties you encounter during shoots shouldn’t be viewed as negatives. On the contrary, every problem that arises during a shoot presents you with an opportunity to learn something new. And learning something new is always a positive.

The ability to solve unexpected occurrences that happen during shoots is an important talent for every photographer to possess.

And since every glamour and nude shoot is completely unique and takes on a life of it’s own, you’ll have the opportunity to learn something new on every shoot you do.

The bottom line:

Every problem you run into will have a solution. If you allow yourself to embrace the challenge of finding that solution, your abilities will greatly improve.

And best of all, when you face a similar situation in the future, you’ll be far more capable of dealing with it quickly and efficiently.


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