As a writer for Fstoppers I have seen a lot of behind the scenes (BTS) videos, but some of my favorites are those produced by Simeon Quarrie of Vivida. His videos are always top notch and offer the viewers a wonderful opportunity to see real shoots with actual clients while picking up lots of great tips on how he produces such great photographs.
His latest video is from a pre-wedding shoot, or as we often refer to them in the United States an engagement session. I have always admired how Quarrie goes above and beyond during these sessions and rather than just take couples to a pretty park in the neighborhood, he loves to find out their interests and make a production out of the shoot. It definitely takes more time and energy but the results are incredible.
In speaking about the shoot, appropriately called "Love Sick" on his Vimeo page, Simeon says, "I have been afraid. Afraid to post the 'Behind The Scenes' for a project my clients and I love. Why? I have been too nervous about what people would think. I know the photographic online community can be quite brutal and critical. I kept asking myself, would one or two negative comments spiral into a deluge of negativity because a number of photographers just didn't get it?"
Then later in response to one of the commenters on the page he added, "This can be the problem with social media. We can often create only what we THINK will get a positive response. Ultimately we need to create our own sense of direction."
I couldn't agree more with Quarrie. Often as photographers we hold back our own creations in fear of sharing them and being criticized. Sadly a lot of great work is produced and hidden from the public because of this. What I have found is that even when I might not be a big fan of the concept of a shoot or even the end results, I can still learn a lot from studying the work of others. Fortunately in cases like this video by Vivida not only do I get to enjoy a cool concept and view great photos but I also get to see how the team reacts with their clients, sets up lights and walks through the shoot from start to finish. Hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.