Two years ago on the way home from the Reset Conference, I was pulled over on the interstate in Indianapolis. I was already rattled from an overwhelming weekend of information overload, and the start of a business rut I found myself in. Getting pulled over was exactly what I did NOT need.
The officer was kind enough but asked me a lot of questions, and wanted to know why I was speeding. I had two friends riding home with me and we’d just been chatting about all the takeaways we had from the conference and our plans for our businesses going forward. I set my cruise control for what I normally do on the interstate, not even thinking for a second that it might be too fast for that stretch of road. It turns out I was going nearly 20mph over the posted speed limit!!
He let me off with a warning, but before he left, he asked me what I was going to do after I started driving again. I started with “slow down” which was a good answer, but not the one he was looking for. He eventually coaxed the correct answer out of me, which was “pay attention.” Yes officer, I will definitely do that now, ESPECIALLY SINCE ADRENALINE IS NOW COURSING THROUGH MY VEINS. But I digress. 😉
Sometimes in our sessions and wedding (and businesses in general) we need to take his advice, don’t we? Pay attention. Notice what’s going on around you. Really SEE the details. And yes, definitely slow down. We rush through poses trying to end up with hundreds of magical images. Why? We think more is better. What happened to less is more? I know I am guilty of delivering too many images for my wedding clients and my sessions too, but I strive to do a better job of quality over quantity. Instead of getting 100 good images, what if we focus on getting 5 GREAT images. What if we really take our time and make sure every hair, veil, train, eye, or facial expression is in place before we click the shutter? I think this is some of the appeal of film photography — you have 36 frames to get it right and you don’t want to waste a single one.
So, Happy Photographers, slow down and pay attention at your next session or wedding. You might be surprised what you find!
Film photos in this post by Kristin Darling. Special S/O to my friends Kristin & Ebby for this post. XOXO