The week that’s gone by…

Hi Girish, how are you… Yes, I know I need to finalise an actress or a model for your cover. Give me until evening, I’ll get it done. Ok…

The first day of the week and I’m already stressed!

We have a shoot for a new magazine and they want me to help them get an actress or a top model and do a sexy shoot. Clients think that I just need to make a phone call and actresses will throng me like bees near a hive! Wish that was possible.

And then, to top it all, you have the briefs like, ‘she should be sexy’, ‘she should be ok with exposing’, etc. Do they think I am a magician? Anyway, my trusty assistants get to work calling up half the world for either actresses or models to do the shoot with.

The first day of the week goes by like a speeding train – meetings, and more meetings – and finally the day’s over and I’ve not done anything I wanted to do. Whoever said being a photographer is fun?!

I spend most of my time cooped up in my studio (which is more like an office now) answering calls, conducting meetings, touching up images. I can’t remember the last time I shot for myself.

I have made so many diaries filled with ideas, but I had to throwthem away because I never found the time to play with those ideas. In fact, I had an idea in the year 2000 and I finally got around to doing it in 2006! It’s almost like family planning!

I am shooting for a new client today. No matter how many shoots I do, every time I pick up the camera, it feels like the first time. I’m scared not to mess up, I hope the pictures come out right, and I try and do something new, I hope I’m not too rude, and everything turns out right… I feel like a captain of the ship with so many responsibilities, so many different thoughts.

It was a good day until I got a call from an actress saying that she wants to do the cover of the magazine that we were coordinating for. What do I do, I can’t say no to her! I start calling up my client, makeup artist, stylist, practically everyone for dates and confirmations. I wish I can actually scream out to the world and say ‘Commercial photography isn’t all about glitz and glamour’.

I don’t remember when was the last time I actually spent the whole day lazing at home, working a little, going through my paper work, or just self-critiquing a cover or a movie poster I’d shot.

I think I want a 4-day week.

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