I’ve been thinking about this one for several weeks now. I held a class a while ago and one of the students asked the question, what was the hardest shoot that any of us had done. I didn’t answer him in class because I loved the question and thought that it deserved some time thinking about. But I did tell him that it would make a great blog post.
So, fast forward a few weeks and I’ve not written anything about it until now. I’ve not been ducking the question but I’ve had a hard time deciding what my hardest shoot was. I mean, I’ve certainly had my fair share of memorable shoots but “difficult”? Then, me being me, I decided I had to define “difficult”. Was it the client? Was it a physically challenging shoot? Was it a shoot that I didn’t really get into? What?
So here it is: my hardest shoot is always the last one I just did. I like to think that I am constantly challenging myself to do better, to continually evolve, to get better. One of my biggest fears (creatively) is that my best work is behind me. I have had some really good successes in the past few years and I expect that my best stuff is yet to come. But what if it isn’t? So, that happy thought is constantly in my head. And, as a result, I feel the need to push, push, and push to keep growing.
That’s a lot of fucking pressure I put on myself. So, yeah, the toughest shoot is the one I just did because of my expectations. Or maybe it’s the one I am about to shoot – for the same reason.
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