Over the years I’ve spoken to a lot of great photographers.
And one thing that always stuck with me was that one line I always tell the attendees of my “travel and street photography” seminar was repeated over and over again.
“Always look behind you when walking or driving, there might be something awesome happening”
And this doesn’t just go for travel and street photography.
It also is great advice when working on location with a model. ALWAYS look around you for great photo opportunities. It happens a lot that you shoot something a certain way because the backdrop is gorgeous (for example a castle), but you don’t see the probably even better opportunities that a different angle gives you.
That’s why I always advise to first scout a location, take all the shots you want and feel you have to, and then visit again. I’m certain that the second time will be the better one, for the simple reason you’re not overwhelmed with the location but can really focus on making that killer shot.
So “ALWAYS look around you for other opportunities, they might be right in your mirror, or over your shoulder”