Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind
Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene, 2006 So you’ve found the perfect location, organised models and then at the 11th hour you get a call: “Hi it’s Mother Nature, I’m sorry but Sunny Day has the flu and can’t make it into work today. I can send Storm as a replacement, Torrential Rain is also available, and Drizzle can be there in five.” Do you cancel the shoot or does the show go on? How do you make the most of a shoot when Sunshine and Blue Skies call in sick? Unless you live in Yuma, Arizona, or Aswan, Egypt chances are you will have a location shoot threatened or cancelled due to rain or inclement weather. Sometimes it’s okay to raincheck (see what I did there?) but what should you do...
Above: Image by Gina Milicia “You don’t have to be good to start … you just have to start to be good!” – Joe Sabah “Once you’ve mastered starting and stopping, the rest is easy.” – Marty Rubin “The beginning is always NOW.” – Roy Bennett “If I must start somewhere, right here and now is the best place imaginable.” – Richelle E. Goodrich “I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we’re all cowards.” – Alberto Salazar
“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing. They follow trends and don’t know why.” – Peter Lindbergh
Above: Image by Gina Milicia “Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Anonymous There are various degrees of risk or loss, depending on the activity. As children, we are taught to minimise risk to keep us safe. Look both ways before you cross the street so you won’t get hit by a bus. Don’t talk to boys until you are 25 (hands up who was raised by a Sicilian mother). Risky behaviour isn’t limited to physical harm. It can also cause emotional or financial damage, and by damage, I mean pain, so, understandably, we grow up trying to minimise painful experiences. In taking risks, I‘ve learned there is a chance I will be physically, emotionally or financially hurt. I can easily avoid experiencing pain by never taking any risks, but...
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