I felt very lousy and suay (unlucky) in the early Thursday morning. I was very unprepared for the photoshoot, assuming everything was going to work as per normal.
Early in the morning, I could not find the latest camera held by my younger brother. As he opened his eyes, I asked him and his reply caught me in a daze for a moment. He had lent his camera to his good friend who had not returned him.
I packed up my old Olympus camera, together with the rechargeable batteries and charger, and left for work. The batteries were not charged for weeks and I had not used that camera for quite some time, which made me feel uneasy.
When I reached office, I went to find Kelvin immediately to borrow the DSLR camera but he told me it loaned by Cheng Hong. I could sense this alternative was not going to work out. I gave Cheng Hong a call and when he told me he was on course, I knew he was not going back to office, and thus I dropped the idea completely.
I set up the battery charger before going to Dorothy, who had been bringing her camera with her, but it was not my day after all.
The fact that I had forgotten to email my big boss, Diana, the day before to invite her down for the photoshoot made me feel worse. She had a good camera and was very experienced in phototaking, which could have assured a perfect work.
Diana was not around and I went to check with Wee Lian, and was happy enough to hear that she was coming back to the campus in the afternoon. I dropped the idea of emailing her since she would not have time to check her email during the meeting and that it would take hours to look through all her unread emails. I sent her a SMS and she replied me within minutes and told me that her camera was at home, but she was okay to go home to get it.
In the afternoon, my big boss went down to the “chocolate room” as promised to boost up my confidence of completing the job. The ingredients for the food items were quite big and it took the chefs time and efforts to shop, cook and bake, and to get them ready, whereas I was not supposed to make any mistake.
Eventually, another colleague from the culinary side came down with a more professional camera. I was very certain that Diana and my photos were good enough for the small web photos, but it was good for the two departments to have photos from a better camera to keep their work as portfolio.
I was very happy that my big boss would spend an hour there for me and her hobby in such a short notice. She even had to make her way home in the rainy day to get her camera. This friendship and mentorship could never happen in the outside working world. I was truly lucky.
There were too many preparations I could have done earlier to ensure that the photoshoot would be going smooth:
– Check with my younger brother earlier for the camera
– Get a newer camera for my personal use
– Check with Kelvin for the DSLR camera earlier
– Email my big boss to book her earlier
– Inform Dorothy to bring her camera along
– Charge my rechargeable batteries the night before