Here is Vanessa, the third coworker that I shot in the same 40 minutes. Although I had taken some nice shots of her, I asked her for a reshoot simply because the background setting was too similar to Cheryl's. It was in the same place and I thought I could get away with a slightly different angle and view, but it was bugging me the more I looked at it. I felt I wasn't giving my all. I did feel pressure that day from having three people to get done as quickly as possible. Vanessa agreed for a reshoot the next day and we went down to the river walk. With the weather being still cool but not as windy (as the previous day), there weren't many people walking along the river. I then had to figure out where I wanted to place her, how I wanted to pose her, and see what would look best in the background. I really had nothing in mind going into this shoot. I just knew from taking shots of the river walk when it was completed that it wouldn't be too hard. There are many different and beautiful views along the walk so I just began to shoot. I'm finding that it sometimes helps to just start shooting. I'll start with a regular shot of the subject and then look around in the frame. I check out the background, try different placements of the subject within the frame. I'll change the orientation from portrait to landscape. Zoom in for a tight shot or back out for a modestly wide shot- it just all depends on what looks good to me in the viewfinder. Thankfully, we didn't have to go too far to get a shot that appealed to me. There are these long wooden bench seats so I thought we would try it. I had her sit by one of the armrests and lean in a bit towards me. And although the photos were nice, something was missing. I saw the how the wooden slats made off into the distance so I thought I would use that to lead the eye right to the subject. I had her sit a little further back into the seat, lean toward me, and there was my shot. I like this capture and I see it as a beginning for an even better shot that I didn't see at the time. I'm sure there will be many "Aha!" moments like that to come as this project moves forward, and for me, that's what this is all about.
Thank you, Vanessa!