What You See Is Not What You Get, Thankfully

I was going to write a nifty little post on why we love to shoot on location, but then I had a bit of an epiphany: What you see is not what we see.

Oh, what, you didn’t come here for a mind trip? Fine, I’ll explain like a normal person.

I’m sure a lot of people think that the things they do or the places they go aren’t that special and wouldn’t make great pictures. Well, I’m so glad I brought my camera along with me to dinner with my sister and her boyfriend on Saturday because it gives me the perfect opportunity to show how seeing something differently can make something out of poo poo.

We arrived to the restaurant and ended up having a 15-20 minute wait. We were in the middle of a mostly residential neighborhood in Oakland. It was not nice-looking. A slightly dilapidated wing-back chair up for grabs on the corner of the street set the scene.

It was the last hour of light before sunset; a.k.a, golden hour, baby. Perfect time for an impromptu photoshoot.

First, some portraits in front of a small tree, still awkwardly supported by posts.


Then I had them stand in front of someone’s garage.

And then I had them sit on the curb and I shot from the street while people who were waiting for their tables the normal, boring way spoke audibly about how stupid I was for standing in the street. Not one car drove by while I was in the street, mind you.

They did not see what I saw. This one's my favorite. And you probably never would have known we were in front of a Thai restaurant in a slightly run-down neighborhood unless I told you. Moral of the story: think differently, get weird and ignore the people who think you're stupid for standing in the street--unless you hear a car, and then you really do need to move. And stop driving yourself crazy thinking of a location for your engagement shoot, it doesn't have to be so complicated.

More to come on the awesomeness that is shooting on location. Have a great week!

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