A couple of weeks ago Dawn Rose and I went out for a photoshoot where we both tried new things without any expectations of getting good photos out of them. It was breath of fresh air for me, because most TFP shoots usually still push the photographer to produce good results.
This of course makes complete sense, because the model and possibly even the make-up artist are spending their time and efforts to create a photograph with you. Going into the shoot both parties expect you to do your best to create the best photograph ever. However, at times this pressure that gets put on the photographer limits the amount of creative ideas and compositions he can try.
This is why a photoshoot like this one is necessary from time to time. As a photographer, I got to try all kind of compositions and ways to frame a photo that I usually would not. There was no pressure to deliver good results, and I do have to say that some of these are rather cliché or mediocre at best, the others though are done quite well in my opinion.
Whether these images look great or not isn't even the most important part of this shoot though. The most important part was to learn from it, and that I definitely did. So I can definitely recommend all of the photographers reading it to ask a model you know well to just go out and shoot. Make a list of what you want to try and just do it without expecting anything good to come out of, go for angles and compositions you've never done and maybe, just maybe, you'll find something new that you'll use in future shoots.