I had a feeling it would be an enjoyable Saturday and it was. Good times were had by all, it was Fun.
And we also got some OK pictures out of it. haha
We took a little adventure to Antelope Island (in middle of the great salt lake) with the Cooper sisters.
I knew them because for years Kristina has been commenting on my blog and her sister Stephanie has been getting into photography. Years ago I even offered to re-edit some of Kristina’s bridal pictures.
I love shooting for fun… aka… being around good people and shooting just for the joy of it.
Often I’d have a lot more fun taking pictures than not… at any activity or party I’d probably be having more fun with a camera in my hand. I interact better, I still socialize. On one hand I know what I’m doing so much that it doesn’t stress me out at all and on the other I do enjoy figuring things out, so even if it is dificult lighting I prefer a good challenge.
However lest we misunderstand what shooting-for-fun involves
When is photographing “for fun”?
- When it’s more about the social interaction than the pictures.
- When at any time I can put the camera away and no one would complain.
- When there are no high expectations to complete.
- When we’re smiling, laughing and having a good time.
- When people are happy I’m taking pictures of them.
- When they’re grateful.
- When it doesn’t cost me money.
- When I can edit as few or as many as I want.
When is it work?
- When I have to put aside part of my schedule in advance.
- When the pictures are going toward an expressed purpose.
- When someone requests a photoshoot.
- When there is a higher level of expectation.
- When I have to work hard in the way they believe I should.
- When I start getting lots of instructions.
- When people are not grateful but still expectant.
- When I’m not only the shooter but the creative director.
- When they start saying “You’re the photographer, you tell us what’s best”
- They want me to give them free prints or print rights (and digital files)
A possible third option
- There seems to exist another option “Shooting Work… For Fun”
- It’s when I offer a gift or do a special like my yearly “charitable shoot” and say people can come get pictures for no cost or donate to charity.
- It seems to hit many of the “for fun” areas and some of the “work” areas.
- Expectations do exist but while money is not being exchanged the level of gratefulness is higher.
- In these cases I am the one that offers the shoot. (requests on their end are limited)
- OR they come up with the ideas, cutting down my work
- more complicated than that… but you get the point.
And just so you know… this shoot qualified perfectly for a “For Fun” shoot.
I mentioned I’d be willing to do such a thing upon hearing all 3 sisters would be in town. I set up my own level of expectation which did include they’d pay for gas and stuff.
Notice I didn’t say much about how much time something takes me. Nor money.
- Both of those things might change levels of expectation and how fun something is, but it isn’t a determining factor for me about work.
- A “for fun” event usually isn’t paid for in advance but the expenses might be paid for, or a voluntary gift given after.
- Also it might take up a lot of time. Our outing lasted most of the day on Saturday and I spent many many hours editing. It was still fun… and I got some good portfolio pictures out of it.
They were perfect “customers” for a “for fun” event. We weren’t in a rush, they offered to buy my food even, they were enjoyable to be around.
I didn’t feel like doing OCF (off camera flash) so I didn’t, I went back to my roots and just dealt with the mid day, sometimes cloudy, bright day.
Going Through Pictures
I had them come pick through pictures knocking down the original 750 pictures down to 250… then I went through them and selected ones I wanted to show off.
Having them come go through the pictures was part of the fun for me… one of the things I enjoy most about photography is seeing what people think and how they react. Having people go through the originals isn’t something I do a lot, but when I feel they have a strong positive opinion of my photography I don’t mind them seeing behind the curtain so-to-speak. And when I’d enjoy them being at the office for a little while. It does help limit my work… though often it takes up more of my time… but it’s more enjoyable.