Regular collaboration??

Regular collaboration??

27 posts
19 Oct 2012
I would love to find someone new to share ideas and collaborate with on regular shoots,who thinks I could add something to their portfolio and they to mine.

I wondered what people's thoughts are regarding multiple shoots and ongoing or regular collaboration with the same person,as opposed to working with a new face every time?

I have experienced both situations,I very much enjoy meeting and working with new people and the varied experiences that can bring,but also find the connection built and the challenge of repeat shoots with the same photographer is something I really love too,it seems to me to bring much more depth to the work you create together,and I'm guessing that many others like to work this way too,given the right circumstances,time etc

So love to hear anyone elses view on this 


Posted 19 Oct 2012
Yes, I personally find  it's a good idea to work and collaborate with same photographer from time to time...there are 3 photographers I work with on this basis..and then there are new faces inbetween.

The same photographers means more creativity I find anyway...each time, new ideas surface.

Whatever keeps you busy....and happy, then go for it...there are no hard and fast rules...
Posted 19 Oct 2012
Edited by SuzyMonty 19 Oct 2012
I agree Suzy working with the same person does make for more creativity and give time for ongoing projects that can't be shot in one go too.


Posted 19 Oct 2012
otteypm
Photographer
otteypm
Ongoing collaborations are great, you can bypass trying to explain ideas as it can quite often get to the point where people can second guess each other, add ideas that may have been missed and the fact that shoots are usually much easier to set up...

Posted 19 Oct 2012
photoclassic
Photographer
photoclassic
It's a unique experience when it happens but rare. I had a muse several years ago, who would hit me with ideas or I'd contact her with mine, sometimes at odd times of the day or night. It only lasted just over a year and a half, then she vanished as suddenly as she'd appeared. A few years later I got a text message from her saying she was looking at my wedding photo - turned out she had become a home-carer for the elderly and was looking after my wife's grandmother. She never did return to modelling and with the exception of a couple of other shoots when she'd first started out, I don't think she shot with anyone else. After my wife's grandmother died, we never saw her again. She's the girl on the stool in my portfolio.

Posted 19 Oct 2012
Gerry99111
Photographer
Gerry99111
Depends what you mean by collaborate - I have shot between 5 and 9 times each with about 5 models now and it gives me the opportunity to go down roads that push the models look further. Its also nice to be on a closer working relationship - although i get to know people fairly quickly.

I usually know after one shoot who possibly may be in this catagory but after 2 or 3, I can then decide that its not going to develop further.

For me its about versatility and willingness to experiment rather than do more of the same old same old plus in the end, an appealing look

Posted 19 Oct 2012
photoclassic

It's a unique experience when it happens but rare. I had a muse several years ago, who would hit me with ideas or I'd contact her with mine, sometimes at odd times of the day or night. It only lasted just over a year and a half, then she vanished as suddenly as she'd appeared. A few years later I got a text message from her saying she was looking at my wedding photo - turned out she had become a home-carer for the elderly and was looking after my wife's grandmother. She never did return to modelling and with the exception of a couple of other shoots when she'd first started out, I don't think she shot with anyone else. After my wife's grandmother died, we never saw her again. She's the girl on the stool in my portfolio.


What an interesting story and turn of events.
As you say finding someone who becomes your creative inspiration to the rare point of being your muse is a unique and special thing, 

Posted 19 Oct 2012
Gerry99111

Depends what you mean by collaborate - I have shot between 5 and 9 times each with about 5 models now and it gives me the opportunity to go down roads that push the models look further. Its also nice to be on a closer working relationship - although i get to know people fairly quickly. I usually know after one shoot who possibly may be in this catagory but after 2 or 3, I can then decide that its not going to develop further. For me its about versatility and willingness to experiment rather than do more of the same old same old plus in the end, an appealing look


I agree Gerry,

The desire to experiment and progress ideas is something that I would want from an ongoing working relationship with a photographer,plus someone who gets as excited about the whole process as mefrown 

Posted 19 Oct 2012
TravellingToast
Photographer
TravellingTo..
I think this is a great idea. A model and I do the same thing down here in london and we'll often bounce ideas off each other until we find something we like and then go shoot it

It really helps when you find someone who's an equal and also puts in thought and effort into coming up with ideas for shoots, preparation and enthusiasm. Hope you get some good offers coming in!

Posted 19 Oct 2012
mph
Photographer
mph
If only Grimsby was on the other side of the country!
Posted 19 Oct 2012
TravellingToast

I think this is a great idea. A model and I do the same thing down here in london and we'll often bounce ideas off each other until we find something we like and then go shoot it It really helps when you find someone who's an equal and also puts in thought and effort into coming up with ideas for shoots, preparation and enthusiasm. Hope you get some good offers coming in!


Delighted to hear you have such a rewarding ongoing collaboration.

I love coming up with ideas and working towards everything from the outfit and makeup to taking time out to go location hunting,sharing this with a like minded equal is my idea of a fab shooting image producing partenershipsurprise
Posted 19 Oct 2012
Bob
Photographer
Bob
photoclassic

It's a unique experience when it happens but rare. I had a muse several years ago, who would hit me with ideas or I'd contact her with mine, sometimes at odd times of the day or night. It only lasted just over a year and a half, then she vanished as suddenly as she'd appeared.


I have been fortunate in having had a few muses over the last fifteen or so years, and I try to work with two at the same time who are interested in different areas to give me inspiration. One muse modelled for me on over sixty occasions, though she never posed for anyone else as far as I am aware, over the best part of a decade while studying for two degrees but in the end her medical career took up too much of her time. Another muse, a professional model, has modelled for me on at least thirty occasions over the last seven years, including a number of trips to interesting foreign locations where we both fancied shooting. However they are rare exceptions, as my other muses have seldom modelled for much more than a year or two and have given up modelling for work, marriage or parenthood, etc.

To me a good muse is worth her weight in Jaffa Cakes.

Bob
Posted 19 Oct 2012
TravellingToast
Photographer
TravellingTo..
thewizard123
Delighted to hear you have such a rewarding ongoing collaboration. I love coming up with ideas and working towards everything from the outfit and makeup to taking time out to go location hunting,sharing this with a like minded equal is my idea of a fab shooting image producing partenership
Sounds like you'd be a fab person to collab with long term - if only you were closer lol. My last collab, we went shopping together, I pointed out examples of what I wanted to try to get and the time before that we went for a drive to look for a nice beach for a bikini shoot. Sadly the beach thing didn't work out but we had a nice drive so not a total loss
Posted 19 Oct 2012
Thanks for all the input on here everyone and the kind PMs,its interesting to hear and it does seem like most of us enjoy the chance to work with someone multiple times and build up a great creative working relationship
Posted 20 Oct 2012
orsoncarter
Photographer
orsoncarter
Yes. Definitely. I get a lot out of working with the same people time and time again. We know how each other works, and it allows us to experiment. We're under no pressure to get 'the' shot on the day - if an idea doesn't work, there's always next time. 

Posted 20 Oct 2012
Edited by orsoncarter 20 Oct 2012
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