There’s been a nautical theme over at EG Headquarters lately. From the postcards some of you received lately, to the recent Outlier shoots, and even some of the photos from my tumblr there’s been a definite attraction to the water. Man I miss summer already! But my point isn’t about talking about the weather or lamenting sickly skin color, it’s Tearsheet time people!
Back in June, I spent five days on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas for Budget Travel on a voyage to Bermuda. My assignment was to photography families on vacation together. Having fun, enjoying the ship’s entertainment, etc. You may be saying to yourself, “Shit, Emiliano, how the hell did you hook that up? Did they, like, pay you to do that?”
You bet! But let’s concentrate on the first question. How did I hook that up? Facebook of course! It’s pretty simple actually. Apparently, the editors at Budget Travel were pretty psyched about the first feature I shot for them. The writer and I stayed in touch via Facebook and we started brainstorming ideas for the next feature. My first idea was a cruise, of course.
Amazingly, she wrote back to me after a couple weeks saying the main Editor had also been thinking of setting sail and that it looked like it was really going to happen. WTF? Really?! My excitement is pretty evident in my response:
OK. Several lessons to learn from this story.
1) If someone gives you an assignment, KILL IT. There will be more. The magazine was really happy with the Summer Camp Story.
2) BE EXCITED. If you’re not excited about what you’re shooting, who’s gonna be?! Don’t just shoot your assignment. Overshoot the shit out of it! I’m convinced that part of why I was hired again is because I was really, honestly, genuinely excited to go to camp as a 33-year old. Forreals.
3) Facebook is your friend. Well, this might be a stretch. But stay in touch with people. The personal relationships you build with people will get you work. People hire people they want to be around. Period.
4) Have a crystal ball that can read Editors’ minds. Seriously, luck is part of the game kiddies.
Enough of my babbling, on to the photos.