I recently broke my wrist and had a cast above my elbow. I couldn't drive, couldn't open a jar, and could hardly lift, hold and use my camera. So imagine my dismay when the mother of the models I work with ask me to take some photos. She wanted to try for a magazine cover shot for her kids who often model for me. I had to say "yes" since she makes her kids available to me when I want to take some stock images.
But how? I could barely hold my camera steady. I couldn't manage setting up and using a tripod. I needed help from the mother to set up my light and to hold a reflector since a reflector stand was out (I couldn't set it up or manipulate it). I used a higher ISO than I normally use, trying to get to a faster shutter speed since I was shooting indoors without a tripod.
After we took the photos we intended to submit for the cover shot, I noticed one of the kids lying on her mother's bed kicking her feet up. The natural light from the window made her skin glow. But I needed a reflector to get the shot, and her mother wasn't available to hold it. Her 7 year old sister recommended putting her giant teddy bear on the bed and leaning the reflector on it. We did, and I took the shot.
And guess what--the irony is that it all worked!!! One of my images was chosen for the cover. Another chosen for an article in the magazine. And if that wasn't enough, the image of the girl on the bed was picked as an editor's choice!!
So, the moral of the story--even when you think you don't have the ability to take the photos you want to take, try for them anyway. Ask for help, even from kids. And always watch for the light, even when you think you are done shooting there might be another unexpected shot.
Below is the Cover Page link to the magazine--after looking at the cover, check out the photo inside the magazine of the two girls making cookies.. Although the images aren't in my stock portfolio, similar images like those below are. My editor's choice image is also below, as well as a photo that includes the very helpful giant teddy bear.
Photo credits: , Adeliepenguin.
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