The leisure industry photography relies heavily on photographs of clients enjoying facilities. These photographs not only advertise the facility provided but also give it scale, and spark the imagination of the potential customer/client. Many photographers shy away from working with children as often they’re not easy to direct, particularly when their own imaginations are running in overdrive thinking about a Pirate Golf course. For me the unpredictable has to be embraced, chaos slightly cherished. Children can very soon become bored and despondent if they’re not allowed to be who they are, or simply mirror the direction they’re given in a very obvious manner, which looks forced. As a Norfolk Leisure Photographer this second assignment at the Pirate Adventure Golf course in Blofield was great fun.
We had a group of children and men who reflected two good markets for the Pirate Adventure Golf course. The aim was to get images for promotional material both in a brochure and for online content. We had slightly inclement weather for the shoot and it was more than a little unseasonably cold and windy. Thankfully our saving grace was the little blue sky that presented itself which when combined with the powerful portable flash units I was utilising made for the appearance of warmer weather than the actual conditions. Presented with lemons you make lemonade, sometimes it’s not practical to reschedule a shoot due to client demand for images and availability of models. Thankfully, when as a photographer you make big investments in top quality photographic gear, it can make all the difference, and differentiates your images from what’s achievable in lieu of this investment.
A great deal of planning goes into even a small shoot like this. On the day of the shoot, we had a short time frame, slightly tired children as we had to opt for an afternoon session (which is always slightly fraut with young models), and weather that was both inclement and changing quickly as happens when the wind is blowing a hoolie. Hopefully other than, the obvious stress on flags at full flow in the wind, and the necessary clothing, you as the viewer don’t see much more than the fun and smiles of everyone taking part.