Next month, Ojai’s Art Center Theater will present Sylvia, by A.R. Gurney. Sylvia is a dog, played by a woman. The photographic opportunities are endless, but the time for our first photo session was not. At this early stage of rehearsal, there are no costumes, and the set from The Odd Couple is still on stage. Reviewing the images, I played the shoulda-coulda-woulda game.
As I’ve mentioned before, theater publicity photos are always rushed because I’m taking up valuable rehearsal time. I’m pleased with how quickly I can get to almost-what-I-want, but I have no idea how long it would take to get what I really want, because every set, cast, and director creates a unique dynamic during the shoot. But everyone depends on me to get the shot, so I need to be more assertive in real-time: moving furniture, people and lights to get shots that are better than good enough.
The nice thing about getting called to do early publicity shots is the fact that I’ll have additional chances to shoot more. With this cast and a chance to plan ahead, I’m really excited for the next session.