Anxiety of shooting around others?

2 months 6 days ago #665591 by garyrhook

MonilGomes wrote: Or if I’m shooting an event for a client I’ll feel weird photographing the people who are just there enjoying the event. It feels like I’m intruding by just pointing a camera at people. I sometimes will say “hey I’m doing photos for this event, will you pose?” but it’s not as genuine of a moment that way. Last night I shot an event for a client at a crowded bar downtown and was taking photos of the bartender and drinks when I overheard two girls at the bar say “who takes photos at a bar... that’s so weird” which made me feel awful. I know I’m just here to do my job but how do I get over this so I can shoot the content I want without being restricted by my anxiety?

First off, you have zero control over what other people do, say, or think. So get over it. It's not about you, it's about them and their narcissism.

Second, you were working. It would have been perfectly reasonable to turn to them and say, kindly, of course, "I'm working." Then chat them up. And take their photo. But let them fill in the gaps in their lack of understanding. Because, again, not your job.

You do you.

Third, mostly people don't care. They won't pay one bit of attention to you, because they have their own concerns. You found an exception. So what? What does that matter?

I believe we have a gross (mis)assessment of how important we are to other people. Turns out we're not. And as soon as you let go and do your job, you will quickly become part of the background for almost everyone around you. They get used to you, and you become non-existent.

You can be as self-conscious as you wish, but I'm here to tell you that no one cares. Really, they don't.

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2 months 5 days ago #665627 by Nikon Shooter
Photographers are in the position to witness events
and record permanent memories of these events.

It fells maybe strange — in the beginning — to attend
an event where one chooses not to take part to and
stay back to keep an eye on everything but this is a
privilege… well, that the way I like to see it!.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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2 months 5 days ago - 2 months 5 days ago #665629 by effron
I only had anxiety over paying the rent.....

Why so serious?
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2 months 5 days ago #665740 by Garbo
Nike said it best:  Just do it!

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2 months 48 minutes ago #666310 by garyrhook

MonilGomes wrote: issue got solved!!

Congratulations. How?

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