A Hot Day at School

As a General social photography studio, we get asked to do a lot of different jobs, yes the majority of our work is modern contemporary studio portraiture and around a dozen weddings a year, but we photograph lots of other odd jobs as well. In the last 2 weeks we have photographed 2 different nurseries in our local area.

A fun packed 3 hours of photographing from 6 month old babies up to 5 year old toddlers, from single graduation shots to a huge group of 120 faces, when I’ve finished one of these jobs I’m absolutely cream crakered.

As you can see from the 3 images, its a lot of disciplined organising to get the right shots, if you don’t approach it in the right frame of mind it can look a complete mess. Everyone must look smart and tidy, but its your job then to make sure the smile comes out with the sunshine.

That’s the bit that I completely forgot about, the sunshine. It was a blistering hot day and I was out in it for 3 hours non stop, without a drink. The kids and teachers (or warders as I like to call them) pop in and out for only a few minutes at a time, I’m out there sorting everything out, getting the lighting in place (daylight exposure 1/125th sec @ f8 with my Elinchromes in place to fill in any shadow areas) going back and forth to tidy the kids clothes up and then jumping around with Mickey Mouses help to capture the smiles, all for the sake of a good picture and hopefully a sale.

Working at this intensity I forgot about me, I finished and packed away the gear (unfortunately both my Elinchrome flash heads blew their capacitors within 5 minutes of each other) loaded it into the car and felt awful. I thought nothing of it, drove back to the studio to drop of the memory cards for editing, and still felt light-headed. I said I’m going home to rest, later that afternoon I started to feel dizzy and sick so I went to bed and slept for 16 hours straight. The next day I still felt really weak and dizzy and realised I had heat/sun stroke and took the day off.

The problem when you are working is you become so tunnel visioned on what you are doing, you forget about the simple things, like looking after yourself.

It’s Great Being a Photographer!!!!