Recently I had a horrible experience getting a much needed photo for an assignment due to increased traffic and limited space. Here are 3 critical steps I learned to overcome these obstacles.
#1: Arrive Early & Be Assertive
I make it a habit to always arrive early to the location of my shoot. This enables me to find the best location to work, scope out different shots, set up shop, locate new & old friends as I wait and ward off others who might intrude on my working space. It’s very important that if others are intruding on your space that you be assertive by give them a clear message as to where your working space begins and ends.
#2: Defend Your Space, Never Give An Inch
If others are not getting the message stand your ground. The minute you give an inch is the moment you lose the respect of those around you. This can be incredibly difficult and even tiring if enough traffic is present interfering with your shoot, but it is worth it in the end. Gaining the respect of those around you will ensure that you can work effectively to get the shot you’re after.
#3: Never Miss An Opportunity to Turn Lemons into Lemonade
While it may seem unorthodox that you have to be assertive and defend your space it is quite normal. In time it’s important to always reconnect with those you’ve had troubling encounters with to reestablish a professional relationship. While awkward at first it’s important to take the high road as you never know how or when word of mouth may impact your ability to get work published or obtain future assignments.
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