Portrait Session in Merrion Square
If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you may know my general approach to photo shoots: I like to prepare! I tend to scope out locations in advance of the shoot, I think about possible posing ideas and give clients advice on the type of clothing that will suit the theme/location of the shoot. I visualise the way the shoot will play out before it actually happens and then simply execute the idea on the day of the shoot. In other words, I like to have a ‘plan’.
But sometimes things do not happen according to plan. In fact, deviation from the plan is quite common in location shoots. My shoot last Saturday is a perfect example of such an occurrence. My client was a stunning young actress Zarima and the ‘plan’ was to use the grounds of Dublin’s Trinity College as a setting for our portrait shoot. Zarima and I agreed to do the shoot on a quiet day, when the students were not there… on a Saturday morning.
I arrived to location well in advance of the shoot… only to be met by crowds of people who were attending Trinity’s Open Day! The longer I stood there, the more people were flooding my scene. That I did not anticipate.
Situations like this do and will happen and require quick thinking on your feet. So when Zarima arrived, I proposed we do the shoot in the nearby Merrion Square Park instead. To be honest, the shoot went better than if I had planned it. The highlight of the day was us running into Stephen Fry on Mount Street, which would never have happened if we had the shoot in Trinity College in the first place.
Overall, I was very pleased with the way the day went: Zarima was a wonderful model to work with, Merrion Square Park was beautiful and practically deserted which suited us perfectly, the light was very favourable and Stephen Fry was just an icing on the cake. You can see the results of our impromptu shoot below.
Lessons learned from the day: always double-check if the venue you selected for the shoot has an event on the day and do not freeze when a famous actor passes you buy while you’re holding a camera!