I’ll be honest. Sometimes being on a shoot… scratch that, every time I’m on a shoot I get a tad nervous. Nerves bring the best out in your work. It’s totally normal to feel them. What matters is how you channel those nerves to produce quality work.
I’ve come across a trick. It’s nothing ground-breaking, but it helps give me some piece of mind when I’m on a job. Focus on your “Money Shots” and experiment with everything else. Get the shots you know you’re going to be most proud of. Capture crucial events and moments throughout the day. Secure the important shots you know your client is expecting. Then, experiment and try something unique with the rest of your shots.
You can’t grow as a photographer if you don’t ever step out of your comfort zone. Shooting a gig for a client can be nerve wrecking. But a little experimentation re-sparks your creativity and can help you channel your nerves to produce amazing images.