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Scavenger Hunting

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This post is not only about my latest work with Lizard Thicket, but about conquering the anxiety of finding a new look within one location. I'm starting to think of it as scavenger hunting. I can remember the days as a kid we would go scavenger hunting in a zoo that we had previously been to a billion times (or what felt like a billion times), once you found your new clue it was like your eyes were magically opened and you realized that you had never thought of looking there. Get my point?

Some times locations can be tough. Some times they don't even inspire you or motivate you to look around. Some times it feels as if you've exhausted all your resources. How do you stay inspired with one same location?

You're not alone.

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When I am faced before this type of situation, I try to think of those fun times at the zoo. (Ironically, sometimes this situation feels like you're already in a zoo.)

Really try to look around. Get to the location in advance if you can! Most of the time I can't be there early and have to think fast. But in an ideal situation, getting to your location a little earlier can make miracles happen.
If you have the courage, ask permission.
In the photos above, we asked begged the owner if we could shoot in the back of her french antique shop. She agreed and we felt much more relieved to shoot around and take our time. We didn't have to run, stress out, shoot and run away quickly... Which, come on, most of you have done this sort of thing. Admit it.
When you are frustrated that your client has picked that same location you shot at five times already, remember to really look.
Here are a few tips:
  • If you are a natural light photographer, choose a different time of day; if you use strobes choose a different light set up. Light in itself can create a whole new atmosphere. Remember, a sunset is very different from a 12 o'clock sun.
  • Try different angles.
  • See if you can shoot on someone's property (but do ask permission).
  • Arrive early.
  • Pretend you are a tourist. Think of the location with fresh eyes and a new mind!
  • Calm down.
Unless your location is iconic, come to think of it no one will be able to tell that it's the same town, garden or park. If you have enough variety in your shots, no one will tell.

We really need to stop making our lives so hard by over thinking everything. 
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