My wedding photography season is pretty much all year around, but I try and take most of October off. And one Thursday last October, I was sitting in the side of my rental car on Main Street in Key West. Fiona and Finley were waiting for me in a restaurant whilst we waited for our tow truck to arrive.
My camera gear was in the boot of the car; I was doing nothing, and I had no excuses..
It was 6:30 at night and it was the period between Key West shutting down for the day before Key West starting up again for the party goers and revellers.
The light was just perfect.
And then this really striking older man with a tanned face, manicured beard wearing a crisp white linen shirt, expensive looking tattered jeans and cool looking loafers walks along the centre of Main Street towards me.
It looked like thee most perfect environmental portrait. And as he walked towards me I could already see it in black and white, maybe wide screen. It would have been a really cool looking portrait shot.
But I was tired and couldn’t even be bothered to get my gear out and besides, even with me being a ‘people person’, he probably would have said no. Plus the tow truck could turn up at any moment. In fact there were a million and one reasons why I shouldn’t bother, and only one real reason why I should. But, as a photographer, that ONE reason why I should out weighs everything. And not taking that shot has haunted me now for two years.
I should have asked him, but I didn’t. The shot that got away. And as photographers we are constantly having to push our selves that little bit further than the rest. And I now realise that’s a good thing and embrace the fact that we are cheekier, harder working and will often get out of our comfort zones in order to do what we love.
The shot may have worked, it may not… But the point is that I would have pushed just that little bit more.
So when you get lemons… make lemonade. And that’s why I am planning another trip to The Keys again, and you’ll see me on Main Street, on Thursday at around 6:30, because you just never know.
The shot at the top of this post is of a pelican coming in to land at Ann’s Beach, Key Largo. It should be of this cool looking bearded guy walking down Main Street in….
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Bio: I’m Juan Muino and I’m a wedding photographer based in and around Cambridgeshire (UK) and shoot throughout the uK as well as destination weddings. I’ve been a photographer all my life, and when not shooting weddings, I also run a portrait studio and also shoot head shots for actors, performers and presenters.