Shooting Everything to Shooting With Intention

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  1. Oh my goodness, Marie, this is so me. I’m an overshooter. I see a moment, and then I either overshoot trying to chase my toddler down for that moment or I get too wrapped up in it and end up with 50 photos by the end of 10 minutes. When I cull, I’m almost always happiest with the first photo, so I wonder why I keep shooting. This post speaks to my heart. I need to shoot with intention to get out of this digital clutter!

    • MarieMasse says:

      I think what’s helped me most is really being aware of the need to slow down & be patient. It is so much easier said than done, of course, when in the moment (and with busy toddlers to boot). Keep up the awareness and you’ll see a difference! 🙂

  2. Donna says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE these pictures.

  3. I still struggle a little with overshooting. Mine is mostly fear of missing the moment. I end up having so much to cull. But wanting to spend lesss time at the computer I have really paid attention to what is going on when I begin to feel the panic of missing the moment. When I start to feel like I am going to miss something is when I really need to take a breath and become more aware of what is happening around me and be okay if I miss something. The last session I did I shot about half as much but got the same amount of amazing images and I felt more present in the session.

  4. Kim says:

    I tend to shoot with intention, but still take too many thinking that there’s this moment and this variation of it and I have to get all the different variations because one will be the best, then culling is a nightmare because I can’t bare to choose which variation/facial expressions are the best and most important to the client(only friends so far)!
    In recent days I have found thinking in the language ‘making a picture’ rather than just capturing a moment helps, because then the movement and composition/light is helping to decide when is a better time to capture that moment, and I will keep shooting to get it right, but once I know I’ve got the best I can stop.

  5. Kady says:

    I work with a photographer (2nd shooting) who clicks the shutter a million times for one moment. So, when I feel I’ve captured the moment sufficiently and move elsewhere or just wait, he pushes me to keep shooting and then later explains that I’m missing moments I should be capturing when he doesn’t realized that I’ve already captured them. I think there is a fine line between getting the moment and overkill and then there is just spraying and praying. I was proud of myself after reading your post because this is one thing I don’t think I do on my own time. I tend to wait for moments and snap 3-4 shots and then move on. There’s always exceptions, as you say, for quick moving subjects. I’ve never been disappointed in the culling process and think I’ll stick with the way I do things. Thanks for such a great post! 🙂

  6. Mary says:

    I always try to shoot with intention, but you are right, it takes practice. Even within one shoot, the shoot always results in better photos towards the end. Great article. Thank you Marie!

  7. Samantha says:

    Thank you for this. I have thought for a while now that I was an overshooter, but after reading your blog post, I realized I’m not actually. I will shoot something over and over trying to get it right, but I am after something, not just hoping something will happen. Of course, there are days I am just feeling uninspired and I am just shooting because I feel like I need to push through it, but those days don’t turn out much though. I also realized that I have been practicing observation, shooting the moments that matter, for much longer than I thought, only I have been shooting them with my iPhone rather than my SLR. Thankfully, there is mobile LR and such, but recently I have decided that I need to start keeping my SLR closer. I am currently working my confidence back up enough to go back to film. However, I think there is some merit in taking it back a bit and practicing with your phone. There’s less pressure with the phone to “get it right”, and it is something you can just casually grab when you see a shot without introducing the importance that a SLR can bring. “It’s just a phone shot” can be freeing sometimes. Thank you again for your inspiring words.

    • MarieMasse says:

      Thanks for the comment, Samantha! I’m glad this post was helpful to you. I’ve so been there too where I push just to get through – when I’m feeling uninspired, not into what I’m shooting. You are so right that there is less pressure when using your phone too and I’ve been finding myself in this ebb and flow of using my phone a ton, then going back to the SLR, then going back to the iPhone. Anyway, thanks for the feedback! 🙂

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