Magic can not be forced, but it can be prepared for, created and then observed and recorded.
What can we make today? Having too strict of a pre-conceived scenerio can feel forced versus a more organic ‘set-up’. People are comfortable if there is construct to work within, but a loose one in which they can express themselves. Even with great actors, I like to go in to the location, see what can happen, allow the talent to work with the it and with the wardrobe. In this dance between me and my people, I like to be able to be free to follow the action, so there tends to be a lot of cameras laying around. My set up is very mobile. The magic is in this dance, me seeing and photographing, my people being free to go with what is natural for them and their character. The production, the shot list, these are the structures within which the moments are allowed to occur naturally. I talk to talent, mostly to help them forget about me and be to be themselves or their character. We are aiming for a moment that is free and true, often accidental and unexpected while still naturally capturing everything that is needed.
In this picture, we were there to work under the falls with my camera in a water housing. I saw this wonderful perspective from up on the cliff that we had decended earlier in the day to get to the falls. I asked my couple to go into the foam and they did the rest. The day was about creating the trust and freedom where this action and emotion could happen spontaneously.
Welcome to my world.