As a photographer you sometimes need to face something uncomfortable and do jobs outside your comfort zone. Apart from my slightly allergic reactions in my eyes and itching of skin, I like dogs, when they aren’t to large, the race has a malicious history or straight up look frightening. Reading about dogs that have attacked their owners doesn’t help much either. This was one of these outside of comfort-zone-times. I had a customer who wanted to surprise her boyfriend with a photo of their two dogs as a Christmas present. What I didn’t expect was two huge, bad ass looking dogs with a metal chain to restrain them if they were “to happy”. Some of you might consider me a sissy, but my heart level rose and my palms were getting kind of sweaty. They can smell your fear. What I ended up to do was to go into character. I played the role of a professional photographer on the outside dealing with the two dogs as they were props to a photo shoot rather than the main subject. It might have helped a lot that the owner had strict control and with an ever so slight tug on the chain made them sit still, and that I in my head pictured the dogs to be dressed up in ballerina costumes having a tea party.
What I am really trying to say is whatever types of photo you do with a bit of challenge, stay focused, concentrate more on how to get the shots you need rather than you balancing on a line stretched across a 1000 meter fall. Lock in your scary little, scared boy or girl inside of you for a while when doing the shoot and let it out when you are done. Everything you might think inside reflects on the outside reflecting in your shots.