A lot of people say that technology and particularly social media is the decline of social interaction and society as a whole.
This post is about the exception to this rule. I opened my Instagram page and I saw that I had a DM Notification but it wasn’t from my regular contacts but the general messages. So after fumbling around to find the message, a gentleman asked me about my rates and told me that he was an author and wanted some shots to help promote his latest book. I replied and he said that he would get back to me. There have been many times where that is the end of the communication with a potential client but he actually messaged me and with a confirmed date and time.
Mathis Bailey, the client and I agreed to meet at Rosalinda Restaurant. At the time I never heard of it so I asked my foodie expert Ryan Hinkson of Eat Famous and he told me that it was a Mexican Vegan Restuarant on Richmond Street in downtown Toronto. We only had an hour to get these shots in because the restaurant was expecting customers but granted us a slot in the morning before they opened.
Usually, when I do photoshoots, the client and I have a gameplan or what we’re going to do but this time, I didn’t know what to expect, what I was supposed to be shooting, what the venue looked like or even how this guy found me. Luckily, I brought my 2 Godox AD200‘s and my AD-B2 Bracket as there weren’t any plug outlets to plug my Monolights into the wall. This set up is also beneficial because it allows me to be more portable.
We pretty much got all the shots done with time to spare but I used every bit of those 60 minutes to make sure nothing was missed. As I was packing up, Mathis asked, “Do you want to know how I found you?” and that was something that I meant to ask but I was going to wait until we were leaving but he told me that a DJ named Ameer B tagged me on a photo on Instagram and they went to York University together and he liked the photo. So it goes to show that social media can work for good sometimes and I thank Ameer for crediting me on that photo or else I would’ve never had this opportunity.
Check out Mathis Bailey’s latest novel Brown Sugar & Spice wherever you buy your books.