Here’s an #authentictales moment. I was in NY a few weeks ago after being abroad for a few months. I had some business to tend to while I was there but I also needed to replace my headphones. So I went to the Apple Store in Grand Central and as I was making my way up the stairs, I see this guy who looked really familiar. As I got closer I realized I know this guy. He was a friend from college. —————————————————————————— We got to talking and I remembered that he used to do some acting, so I presumed he did modeling as well. So I said to him, if you’re ever in DC get in touch because I’d love to photograph you. Now I had no idea what I wanted to photograph him for as I had no concept in my mind. However as the days progressed, I began thinking about things. At first I was thinking to maybe do some basic fashiony shoots, but that would’ve been too small a stone to throw in such a massive pool of talent. —————————————————————————— I then saw Black Panther and 300 all in the same day. It hit me. A concept arrived. The problem was, how to make this concept better. I immediately sent him a message asking when was the earliest he can make it down here and he said two weeks. DONE! —————————————————————————— Plans made. Ideas formulating. Fabrics bought. Trinkets made. I was in a full on creative mode. I just didn’t have a concrete plan of what to do. But I knew I had something. Fast forward to the day of the shoot. We shot all day. Got some amazing images and my concept came to life.
As we wrapped, he and I began talking about what he expected. “It definitely wasn’t this”. As we continued to talk, it just came up, what if he had said no? What if he changed his mind last minute? What if this all went tits up and I wasted not only my time, but his time? We’ll never know because everything went absolutely brilliantly! —————————————————————————— Just goes to show the virtues of taking risks. They won’t always work out. The ones that do however, those can give you the drive to keep on making things happen.
Small peak at what went down if you slide left.