Sometimes the things – even in photography – just does not work the way we want to, or some sudden and unexpected situations can appear exactly in the super wrong moment. There can be heaps of examples, from weather to models or location changes.
For the event/ photoshoot named Gold Glamour & Fine Art Nude I picked a lovely spot close to the Cronulla station – amazing sand dunes, big enough for four photographers and one model to get lost and make some cool, no-people-in-behind photos.
Location changes. Why would someone change a location on the shoot?
Good question. I thought everything will run smoothly when I woke up to the sunny day, in the day of a workshop/ photoshoot in Sydney. And even though I am repeating myself “Don’t expect! Your life would be easier!” I broke this rule, and expected no obstacles.
Sometimes the world surprises us. How to deal with that?
Don’t panic, no matter what, there is always a solution 🙂
It was beautiful sunny day, exactly as needed. Packed my wardrobe, carefully wrapped a brand new homemade headband, jumped to the car and got ready for the way to pick up 3 guys at the Cronulla station and headed to the location where the last photographer was waiting.
We all met together, with warm greetings and introductions of each other. Parked the car in street nearby and all loaded with cameras and gear we headed up on the main road towards the dunes.
Plan was great, and quite easy indeed. Thats why all of us were a bit confused after getting to the way, seeing a heaps of people having a inscription on their shirts such as “Iron Up”, running back and forth (who the heck wants to run at weekend voluntarily?) – and they all headed, guess where? Yes, towards the dunes, our photoshoot location. I also ran quickly (not voluntarily though) to the wooden lookout, to check the situation, hoping there will be just few people doing some workout. Well, not really. Million of people were all over the dunes. They were literally EVERYWHERE, and I realised we will not be able to do even a blurred selfie here.
Break the rules
Okay, plan B was to get to the beach nearby and shoot there, even though it was a plan for another shoot hour. Honestly, I had no idea what else to do. After reaching a beach firstly we saw another million of people, walking with dogs, kids and families. Our crew just stopped nervously, checking the area. Okay, I was telling myself just not to panic, even in my head were many “F” words. And suddenly we all had a brilliant idea – to climb a so called fence (somewhere I heard a good rule of having great photos is break the rules) and shoot up there, without knowing what is actually there.
I know, I know. We all should follow the rules, but when nobody would get hurt, whats the point? We could shoot at the beach, or even at the primarily set location – dunes. But – it would be far away from the vision we all had. If you as a photographer would ever have a similar issue, don’t worry about that – and search, walk a bit, ignore the heart pounding and you will be surprised that the area or spots you will find can be even better than you even thought. Because what we found was even better – more spots, sand, sea behind. It was like a heaven in that moment (for me as an organiser at least.)
So, win-win! Finally! Hidden from curious looks, on the sand area even with few bushes and purple flowers, that location was officially adopted and accepted with warm greetings. Spots were changed couple of times, creativity was on the top and photographers were amazing as well as creative. I think we really did a great job! – check the results! 🙂