Tell us a bit about your approach to the work you do, your time in the business and a few personal facts about you.
I’m Bridgett and I’ve been shooting professionally now for 7 years. I’m a wife, a mother of four trying to live the best creative life I can live. That mindset very much ties into my creative approach. Before I approach a session I want to have a clear vision in my head prior to communicating with my clients. I believe taking the time to explore your own expectations, all the way down to wardrobe is what guides the session to be both smooth and effortless. The last thing you want to worry about is a detail that could’ve been addressed before the session even takes place. We all know how cluttered the mind of a creative can be, and it would be impossible to put all of those thoughts into the right context. Presenting my clients with visual inspirations in regards to color scheme and textures really helps bring the entire look together, helping us both be on the same page. When it comes to the emotional side of the session, I tend to not put any effort towards that in the brainstorming stage. I prefer to read my clients at their session, which allows me to take the correct approach for every personality involved.
What makes you the most nervous during a session?
Hands down personalities and breaking the trust and comfort barrier that clients can tend to have at the beginning of their session. The last 7 years of shooting has been a mix of trial and error and experimentation. However, overall what it comes down to is YOU the creative physically showing your clients what you want. They have to feel confident with you. It goes back to the original approach. Both you and your clients need a clear vision of your expectations. You can’t expect to blindly direct clients and automatically get it to spot on. That nervousness I have, along with my clients, quickly dissipates once we understand one another.
What about this session was most memorable?
One thing I really hone in on, specifically during family sessions, is bringing an abundance of confidence to my younger clients. I do this by doing things like showing them the back of my camera, directing them to move something and immediately letting them know not only how wonderful they look, but how awesome they are! These three beautiful children made every single moment of this session memorable! They were so excited 10 minutes in, that they were even assisting the location and pose for each frame. THAT excitement makes me excited and always shows in a post.
Were there any hurdles?
Like any lifestyle session, you’re always going to encounter a few hurdles. However, the hurdles specific to this session was the fact that the session took place on a weekend, at a very very busy location. Typically I don’t shoot when there are crowds of people in close quarters, simply because it can be distracting to both myself and my clients. I want to focus on my clients 100% and not worry about what everyone else is doing. Example: In a few photographs, not included in the clients’ album, were people eating hot dogs and stuffing their faces in the background. I like a challenge, but certainly, don’t want to dedicate post production to cloning.
Your best photographer/session advice?
We are in such a saturated industry, and defeat can come in the form of simply not thinking there’s room for you and your work. THERE IS. There’s plenty of room for you. You’ll come across extremely successful creatives bringing in six figures, you’ll also come across new to the industry creatives trying to help support their family. There are all walks of life in this industry, and at the end of the day, we should be cheering everyone regardless of the size of their success. The creative field CAN be cutthroat but doesn’t have to be. No one is trying to take your spot, but ultimately it’s up to YOU to decide the creative you want to be. If you’re being the best you can be at the end of the day, your own personal road to success will pave itself. Always be a positive light. I have to repeat every single bit of this advice to myself on a daily basis.
What is one goal for your business?
My ultimate goal for my business is to never put a cap on my growth. When I feel like I’m in a rut and am stuck creatively, I immediately go outside my comfort zone to tackle another vision. I want to ensure that I never get burnt out in my own head and continue down the path of loving what I do. My goal is to always experiment and fuel the passion that I have for art. If I can keep doing those things, I never see myself stepping away from photography.
What gear was used to achieve these?
I shoot Canon and used a 50mm lens for this session!
Any presets used or hand editing?
I hand edit my sessions. I cull through, pick a favorite, master my custom preset to get a feel for how I want this album to look before presenting it, then I’m able to batch edit. I will go back through and tweak any photographs that need it in Photoshop (i.e cloning/distractions).
ABOUT THE ARTIST :
Bridgett Shepherd is a traveling photographer based in Georgia