Aim high but settle for reality. For our outdoor piano shoot, a few things didn’t go as planned. We didn’t get a permit for a wind machine so I can’t do the wind-blown flowing scarf (accessory not used), there was an informal unscheduled Italian Seniors get-together (like a lot of them), which cluttered the background of the shots with people and cars, and most importantly, the piano was out of tune. The out of tune piano was big because it threw off the talent, and I’d swap a whole camera system for a talent that’s in her game, she wanted to play shoot. Did I mention the cars?
I was also off my game, distracted by what I can’t do. Then being this wonderful, smart and insightful person she is, asked me “can I just model and not play?” That was the kick in the pants I needed.
About the ‘ade’ part of the lemonade? I needed no more a 60 degree field of view to crop out the clutter, not much but my lens can do it, no flowing scarf but it was compensated for by earrings backdropped by her neck. As for not being able to play, she was well over that before I was, she is an after all an actress too.
When we got our rhythm down, one of the operatic seniors in the park started singing, and his voice carried well. Inspiring background music.
I always like ending the shoot in a … uhm … high note so we capped our session with a basic posed fashion shoot. Not really a spectacular idea but something she does spectacularly.
Always go with what you know.
So how did it go down eventually? Take a look at the albums, love to hear what you think.