Sometimes I have this idea in my mind. An idea of the perfect location and the perfect outfit captured by the perfect shots. And sometimes it all just falls into place and in the space of ten minutes I have my perfect shoot and the husband is flipping delighted (see the ‘ten minutes’ thing). But sometimes it does not…
Our last evening in Portugal was one of the latter. Whilst we strolled towards the front for one last romantic meal with the baby nodding off in the pram and a little extra time spent rolling wheels over those cobbled streets certainly did not do any harm, in fact perhaps ensuring our peaceful meal a while later, somehow I cannot help thinking that, now as I slot in these edited images, those first ten shots might just have been enough.
You see I had this vision; that golden hour light and a giant bougainvillea. I had been eyeing this floral beauty, lining the edge of a pretty, white Portuguese home for days and I thought it was going to be so easy. But as we neared the pink blooming wall a car also came into view, parked there, right next to my bougainvillea, for the first and only time during our entire trip. We tried to work round it but on top of the ill placed vehicle, that perfect pre sunset light was hitting at entirely the wrong angle. The photographer was not feeling it. We moved on.
Three locations later and I peeked round a corner to discover the perfect backdrop complete with huge cactus, cobbles, flowers and golden backlighting. We honestly thought we had the shots. Until I saw round that last corner. I gave the husband the look, you know the ‘I’m really sorry but I’m definitely going to ask you to do something you don’t want to do’ look? But he did a test shot and conceded that this was in fact the best spot yet. We were both happy. Truly.
I had around two hundreds images to edit. And you know what? Turns out three of those four locations wound up being included in this post.
So the moral of the story is this… stop striving for perfection because sometimes the journey is just as beautiful. Do not get sucked into the quest for perfection or overindulge in digital. Imagine you’re shooting film and you only have twenty four chances to get it right. Take one iphone snap and be done with it. And grow your own giant bougainvillea so nobody can park right next to it except for you.