Wonderful unexpected picture possibilities can occur any time during a photo shoot. I’ve noticed these possibilities appear while I’m already in the process of taking a picture or while I'm setting up for a new shot. When one does happen, this is what comes next:
I’m never in doubt that these moments will occur during a photo shoot. Therefore, it’s critical to prepare for them. That means constantly keeping an eye on what’s happening around me, both while shooting and between shots. (This cannot be stressed enough - it’s impossible to know when that perfect random shot possibility will occur). When the opportunity does arrive, I’ll respond swiftly, as stated above.
Here are some examples of what I believe to be intriguing shots that came along quite unexpectedly.
My plan for the first of these two photographs was to have Anabel on the bed alone, with the “Private Property” sign covering her chest. As I was preparing to take the picture, however, the dog jumped onto the bed. I held off shooting for just a moment, waiting to see what would happen. I’m glad I waited. He ended up looking as if he were reading the sign. Then, as can be seen in the second photo, and to both our amazements, he began crawling under the top sheet. By the way, Anabel’s open-mouth surprise was quite real.
I was watching Kelly fix-up her daughter's hair. There was lots of energy flowing between the two. Even though I hadn't planned on taking pictures of this interaction, I knew some good photo possibilities were in the making. I wasn’t disappointed. This particular image was far and away the best of the series I shot. Both faces are vibrant, and the intensity of their excitement is wonderful.
Here's another photo where the subject's pet wandered into the shooting area. Without much of a plan, I quickly took a picture as soon as I saw the cat in the camera's viewfinder. I was very lucky with the results - the cat's positioning blocks enough of the strobe's illumination to perfectly highlight Joanna’s upper face. And at the same time, the strobe provides illumination for the cat.
Darla was joking with her daughter, Laurette. Having worked with them before, and knowing how wonderful an actor Laurette is, I knew that worthy things were on their way. I framed the shot and waited. When this interaction happened, I took the picture. Laurette's expression was perfect. It seems to show both fear and amusement. Also, each set of hands has a unique purpose - one pair reaches either lovingly or threateningly while the other pair emphasizes either anxiety or joy.
Joanna and I were photographing in an almost empty parking lot at a local beach. During a break, Joanna had turned and was adjusting her hair. Almost at the same moment, a car pulled up. I saw a perfect photo opportunity and quickly snapped a picture. I loved the results: a sparse composition showing a young woman and a car, both nicely positioned in this parking lot. Every time I look at this image, I wonder why the person in the car stopped right where he did. Perhaps to ogle Joanna?