Adapting to change – Day Five

Change is great! Well that’s how I try to look at change. It can be daunting and comes with a load of what ifs. As a manager I have to get on board with change and then run fast through the change curve. This helps prepare me for how my team are going to react and identify what stages they are at with the change.

With my photography, adapting to change is vital. I remember the first photo shoot I went on, it was a 12-5pm shoot for a swim wear edition of an American magazine. I was there an hour before the start time, thinking there would be a need to set up lighting and find the perfect spot in this massive park we was in.

When I got there, I was greeted by the organiser of the shoot and one of the 5 models. Others started to arrive at 11:45 and then we was waiting till 12:15 for two of the models to arrive. So from my corporate job this was nuts, meant to start at 12noon people! But I thought OK, lets go with it. It was all very nice and friendly, everyone having a chat and getting to know each other. We started about 12:30 and the organiser stated that she was sorry for the late start and we would make time up as long as the weather was on our side. Im thinking great, love this execution.

So there was 5 models and 6 photographers all with the aim of getting their photos published in to the magazine. One of the models dropped out at the last minute which meant two photographers were having to share as we swapped between models and finding locations. So being my first shoot I decided I would pair up with someone to get me on the right track. For the first time, in a long time, I felt at home and happy with what was going on and the feeling I was having towards this shoot. Obviously this feeling came after bricking it for the first 20 minutes! The sudden pressure I put myself under, and that’s from my self awareness that I can now identify where the pressure was coming from, the remembering everything I had taught about interacting with models and the camera settings.

Two models in and Im getting frustrated. frustrated with the lighting from being on location. I was then frustrated that when I went to use the speedlight I had brought a long, that I was forgetting the settings that would add to making it easier to control the end photo. All basic stuff and I love shooting on location because it gives you that added challenge of working with what light you have. I had finished with the second model and thought right Im going to nail the next photo shoot lets do this, Im hyped up and ready to go! I then hear the orgainser mention a lunch break… What!? Lunch? No Im OK thanks Il carry on for a little longer, I replied with amazement that anyone thought we had time to stop for lunch. The trouble was that everyone stopped for lunch, which presents a problem when you are a photographer with no one to shoot.

So everything stopped, I had people asking ‘did you not bring lunch?’ No Ill be ok thanks, I don’t normally stop at work so this is nice. In my mind Im still trying to get over what is happening here. We started late, we are a model down, we need an hour with each model and we dont know how long the good weather will last. When I look back now I can see two things that was happening when on the day I only saw one. The 1st thing which was happening, which I very much knew about, was the added pressure that was coming over me thinking I need to nail the next hours shoot please lets get started. The 2nd thing which on reflection I can see, was that I was running through that change curve so fast because I couldn’t allow myself to let it dwell and impact my mood on the shoot. I used the lunch break to review the images and work out what was missing, what did I need to do and how would I action this.

To Be Continued


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