I have just finished submitting my insurance claim for my flattened field shelter - thanks to Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin.
No one was hurt which is the most important thing. I hope you fared safely from the storms as well?
This changeable weather plays havoc with my photography too, but it reminds me to be flexible and adapt to whatever situation is thrown my way.
It was however exceptionally frustrating this time as I have just joined a 6 month photography challenge with professional photographers right across the globe. I saw it as a neat way to work on my craft with the support and camorardary of fellow professional photographers. Every two weeks we are set a new challenge brief to explore and upload our favourite image at the end of the two weeks.
I have put out a model call to my fantastic followers on Facebook, they didn't hold back and I have an amazing selection of dogs to photograph for any challenge brief. If you are reading about this for the first time you can still put your dog forward for consideration - here is the link....
I had to adapt and conquer for my first brief. I had two weeks to photograph under the brief of 'Framed'. I had a plethera of ideas and three separate shoots set up to capture them. However, three storms in 10 days put pay to that. So adapt and conquer I have.
Mardon Down on Dartmoor was a wash out and Exeter Quay got postponed three times. Not only due to the safety aspect of shooting in high winds and on some occasions heavy rain. I would never put a dog in that position. Dogs, like children and me to be fair can't relax in high winds. It takes away one of our senses. I knew I couldn't get a dog to relax and work with me for that all important expression. So I adapted, admitted I wasn't going to hit the brief deadline and booked a shoot in for as near it as possible and this was the result.
This flexibility sums me up really, your animals come first on any of my shoots, I will always work to your pets strengths and not put them under any undue pressure just to get a shot. My challenge just like your shoot can always be rearranged if the weather is not suitable. No-one gains from a shoot in wind or rain. My aim is for all of us to have fun, smile, laugh and let me capture the magic. No pressure, I can wait, I will get the shots and as for my challenge - I did get the shot and I love it.
I also did another pop up studio last week, something the weather can not effect - if you are interested get in touch as I am running another one in just under 4 weeks.
Take care my lovely friend. Fx