I’ve seen a bunch of videos on Instagram and Youtube by various photographers who frequently do this challenge: multiple photographers all shoot the same model in the same area. The intention? I think each of the photographers who share their version of this have a different intention. For me, I have two:
- Fun. I just really need to be better about letting go and having fuuuuuuuuuun! I talk about this a lot … but running a photography business is crazy hard for me. All things artistic come natural to me. But all things business do not. So while I get busy trying to make this business work (I mean, I have to eat and pay my bills), I often forget to get out there and just have fun. HAVE FUN, KATE! Every time I watch a photographer do this challenge, I feel a tingle of inspiration run up my spine.
- Celebrating how different every artist is. There’s no right or wrong. There’s no better or worse. There’s simply different ways of shooting and editing photos. And every time a group of photographers do this challenge, they showcase how cool it is to just be YOURSELF as an artist.
My fabulous NY second wedding shooter Royale came along on this little adventure in Beacon, NY yesterday. I love Royale. I love her energy. And I love how she sees things. Logistically speaking, my weddings almost always require a second shooter because we really do need to tag team the things that are going on at the same time. Buuut, one thing I do a little differently than a lot of other wedding photographers I know is that I like keeping my second shooter with me as much as possible. There are times when we have to separate … like if the groom is getting ready in an entirely different location than the bride. But if possible, I like both of us shooting the same thing. Why? Because it just opens up an entirely different way of capturing the same scene. Two people, with two ways of seeing things are locking down beautiful memories from the same moment in a wedding. I always then edit the second shooter’s photos so the color and editing of the entire gallery of images flows seamlessly. But that other perspective? It just makes the gallery of wedding photos so much more special. And I feel like this little video below is a great example of that.
This “video” is just a compilation of some of our stories from the other day. In other words, it’s SUPER professional. We’re going to do it again for sure … and I’m hoping to turn this into something I do regularly. And maybe then I’ll actually use a camera and not film vertically ; ) We’ll see. I really hate seeing myself on camera … so this is also a HUGE exercise for me in just letting go.
I will be the very first to say that I’m just awful at following through on personal projects. Just awful. But my intention for this year is to do at least 10 of these little videos. I told myself they don’t have to be fancy. They might even be vertical stories strung together every time (very likely, lol). It doesn’t have to look perfect. It just has to be fun. And it just has to get done. Stay tuned : )
p.s. Huuuuuuge thanks to our SUPER gorgeous model who was willing to lie in wet grass, railroad tracks, and the middle of the street : )
Kate Callahan is Hudson Valley photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for couples and families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC, Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond.