|Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I will start with an idea and purpose and always improvise as we go along. Sometimes the idea we had to start with is not as good as the idea that developed along and was among the last frames of the shoot.
I believe in "making" images. I look for images in my mind, then put myself in the best position to "flow" into images that present themselves.
Yes. About 50/50 these days.
I usually do have an idea roughly outlined or a feeling I'd like to portray before a shoot. But a lot of my work is just down to good old fashioned brain storming and bouncing ideas off my assistants and clients.
Sometimes I have a very precise picture in mind and sometimes i just let creativity leed me.
I prepare my shoots carefully and work with a purpose, but sometimes things go different during the shoots, then you have to let yourself go with the flow. It's easier if you always keep that in mind when you begin shooting.
You start with an idea and just go with the flow. Sometimes you do not need to have an idea. Just go out, go with the flow, start taking photos, and improvise!
As I said, a mixture of the two.
I put thought into where I'm going to go but I let things happen naturally from there.
When the mood strikes me to pick up my camera I sling that strap around my neck, tie my shoes and go wandering for secret treasures.
I usually have something in mind when I go for a photoshoot, but not every single time I do it, that could be boring and, you know, sometimes the most impressive photos are the improvised ones.
Both. Even if I have a purpose in mind, I make time to let my mind and eyes wander into the more creative route to see if there are additional photo opportunities.
I like to have some idea of what to expect, but of course always open to change my mind if something more interesting seems to be developing
A combination of the two. When working on a picture story, I believe it is essential to "do your homework" - which means getting as many information before even starting to get the camera ready. The preparation can start days, weeks or even months ahead. Also, a picture story must have a certain number of shots in order to work - this thought should always be at the back of your mind when shooting, otherwise at the end you might find yourself with some great shots but maybe your story will not be strong enough, say, for a magazine feature. Having said all this, never underestimate the power of the unexpected - I think it can greatly add to your work.
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