I once worked for a successful still life photographer, and he gave me some really great advice. He told me that when I’m getting paid to do a commercial shoot, I should take extra shots that are just for me when there’s an opportunity.
This really came into play when I spent a day shooting hair models for “Everything Hair by Andrea.” Andrea is incredibly talented, and the final images looked fantastic! I’m sure I’ll be featuring a few of them sometime soon.
While Andrea was styling and we had a break in the photos, Andrea’s son and daughter and I had a little portrait session of our own. Her son was really interested in photography, so I showed him the cool effects that can happen when you use a long shutter speed and multiple strobe pops. I even let him practice taking a few frames with my dSLR. From there, we just had a ton of fun, got some cool photos, and it helped me keep my energy up for the rest of the shoot.