I was fortunate enough to visit eastern Alberta with some friends last week. Gro and Rosana have both attended oopoomoo workshops in the past and they are awesome people and talented shooters — I feel privileged to call them my friends!
Of course, there was a lot of discussion between shooting all day…sometimes a drop of wine in the evenings after a long day. One topic that stood out for me was a reminder about how it can be hard to go out to shoot on your own, especially for women. They may not feel confident about the location, worried about wildlife (both the four- and two-legged varieties) or feel guilty about taking the time away from family or work. I know I feel these things as well sometimes. So it can be such a boost to creativity to have a friend or two to head out with both for inspiration and validation. Although much of my work took in the fabulous wide skies of the prairie, I managed to shoot a few pressed landscapes for my project.
So, the moral is, if you feel anxious or shy about shooting on your own, find a friend! I will be looking for shooting buddies when at Aurum Lodge as an Artist in Residence (hint hint!).