We will either find a way, or make one.
Organising a photography submission is much harder than anybody ever anticipates – unless you have one of these rare people who organise each shot by each shot and come up with a small flawless selection of imagesm you are probably like me. A 5’3 body of unstoppable creative chaos without thought. Shoot approximately 500 or more images with a photographer who kicks some serious buttocks then trail through a series of emotional stages to come together with a final few images to submit.
Little to says this whole process leaves me emotionally drained and cursing my inability to change my spots – I need to focus more so on such things and keep preserving until I have a little more fine-tuning in myself but regardless the roller coaster that I currently endure always ends with such an overwhelming feeling of gratification to everyone on board that every second is worth it.
You always start of with the excitement of seeing the unedited images and getting over – enthusiastic about everything. Trawling through every single one every other hour because you want to look at them again. And again. Oh go on just one more time.
Until you start picking images out to go towards the team’s efforts of whittling down to less than 10 or so images.
“This one is perfect !
Oh no I take it back… that one
Oh that that one has an amazing angle
Wait the other one made me look less asian”
And so on so forth for the following few days until the frustration of narrowing down images sets in.
You realise certain poses don’t tie in with the other ones, and that first couple of sets you did against a different background just didn’t work. Look amazing; just doesn’t tie in with the other shots you have. Then you get irritated that you didn’t shoot that other garment on the other background that works and start loosing aspects you didn’t expect. A little ritualistic self critique and reflection evolves you for the next time to start doing this, mistakes you won’t make again because your mentally scorning yourself for not doing it that time around.
Of course this kind of emotional trauma extends to the whole team and you flip backwards and forwards until you start collating the final images as they get processed into a little folder and hope edges back in.
Then finally the heart-stopping wonderment that it is all coming together makes you swoon for your final edits. Congratulations go al round, your appreciation for everybody who was on board becomes much more real and your understanding of other creative outlets from other team members makes you a much better person all round.
Of course, you’ll only go through it in another manner again another time but for a final submission, setting out to potential print or online posting in all their glory, its all worth it.
Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.