While on our recent trip to Greece, we had the opportunity to do a little boudoir photography in between sight seeing and museum visits. The Mrs. knew that I would want to shoot while we were there and had packed accordingly.
Being Out of Practice
I will be 100% honest, I was out of practice. I went totally blank when it came time to pick up my camera. I was also feeling a little hurried because I didn’t set aside an open block of time to shoot in. We were trying to squeeze it in between activities, and much needed afternoon naps, and I didn’t want to be the reason we missed out on something. Granted, I wasn’t thinking that at the time, it was only upon later reflection that I realized that’s what was happening.
An Unexpected Moment
On one of our last days in Greece we were taking a shower and after getting out I grabbed the camera. I had already thought the shower would be good for photos thanks to the glass and top down lighting. Thankfully I did because it turned out to be one of my favorite photos of the trip!
I have a few takeaways from this experience. First, I was out of practice. Both with my camera and with giving direction as a photographer. Having a few days of using my camera around Athens helped with the first part but the second wasn’t as easy to overcome. I really need to shoot more often so I can keep my skills up. Second, I still have a bad habit of my mind going blank when it comes time for posing. This is where having a shot guide comes in handy which I did use for a few of the poses that we shot. Lastly, I had set aside some time for the portrait shoot earlier in the trip but I didn’t do the same with boudoir and moving forward I will have to be sure and plan that better.