While driving to a shoot on a bleak, grey and rainy morning I very nearly made the call to postpone it. It was 7.30 am, 26 June midwinter with barely enough available daylight yet. With my window wipers constantly going I could not see much in front of me, everything was grey, grey, and grey. My client, Hannes from HP Group of Companies had arranged for his staff of eight plus their fleet of vehicles to meet under the Auckland Harbour Bridge. In good light the view of the city is spectacular. However I anticipated you would not even see the city. I was 15 minutes away when I phoned to see if he would be happy with grey as the background. He replied that we had to do the shoot that morning. Impossible to reschedule we agreed to meet and then assess.
The weather can pose many problems for a photographer shooting outdoors. Many times clients have called me prior to a shoot worrying about the bad weather forecast and I usually reply that we should carry on as 1) the weather forecast is usually wrong and 2) nine times out of ten we are successful in producing outstanding photographs despite the weather. Often those dark clouds or ray of sunshine add the x-factor and make the photographs more unique and interesting.
It was amazing to see the change in 20 minutes. By the time I arrived the weather had brightened up and we could just see the city. By the time we had organized the vehicles the fog was lifting with some still lingering around the Sky Tower. Hannes was so ecstatic with the results he also added a one metre long enlargement for his offices.
I am finding it amusing to think that I nearly called the shoot off I am still wondering why I almost did not heed my own advice and just KEEP CALM & CARRY ON. Look at this fantastic shot!