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Today was another chapter in my "So You Want To Be A Pro", book. Last night I did my usual toss and turn routine trying to think of anything and everything that could go south during today's challenging annual report shoot. At 4am I finally just got up, hopped in the shower and headed downtown to get a head start on the day's project. The first set up was a board of directors shot, in a courtyard with a sculpture and office towers in the background. That image was scheduled to be captured promptly at 8. I was on site at six. Soon after my arrival I discovered, from security, that nothing had been cleared through them, no liability insurances filed, nuthin'. So, a quick call to the client confirmed that they hadn't paved the way. I told them that it looked very unlikely that we were going to be able to pull off the 8 am shoot at that location. I packed up and headed to the Dallas CBD to find somewhere that might work. No luck, the city is under construction, The Nasher Sculpture Center had a "placement" going on so it was a mess, our new huge park that spans the Woodall Rogers Fwy had cones, backhoes, and junk everywhere. Just when I though this couldn't get worse, I was joined by a caravan of BMW's and Mercedes, carrying the board, all hoping to follow me to some idyllic photo location. Don't know why I toss and turn because in all my imaginings, I could never have anticipated that by 7 am my day would have gone this far down the tubes. I knew what was coming next, a half dozen opinions on great locations we should go look at, none of which had any elements, including the light, that would allow us to put this first chapter behind us successfully. The wind was picking up, temps were heading to the forecasted century mark and anything outside was becoming a pipe dream. Finally, surrounded by my subjects, I gained control of my "scene" and suggested that we either forget it and plan something new for a different date, or we return to their board room, where I would begin some lighting magic and make these lemon's into to some form of palatable lemonade. We did, I did, and the rest is history, and, I left a hero,......... go figure.
So, my personal lesson for the day is, "Don't lose sleep about things that might pose a challenge in the coming day's assignment, because in all likelihood it will go much further south than you could ever imagine, so just get a good night's sleep and roll with it!"
Tomorrow at 6 am, it all begins again, happily.