As a portrait and fashion photographer, I have the blessing of working with a variety of people on most of my sessions. From that first moment of communication between my client and I, to the delivery of my images, there's plenty that goes on.
On a typical shoot, I have my client, a hair and makeup artist, an assistant and/or a wardrobe designer/wardrobe stylist or even both. I may even have a videographer if it's a much larger photography session. So it's safe to say that it can be a little overwhelming at times (although, you get used to it very quickly). When I first started photographing portraits and fashion, It was just model and myself. I didn't think I needed that many people but today, I say the more the merrier! I love working with a team of likeminded creative people. It makes a four-hour session feel like nothing. At least until you sit down and realized that it's been that long and then you actually feel a bit tired. I can't tell you enough, how much I value my professional relationships with my team of hair and makeup artists, designers and assistants. So much so that we’ve become great friends and help each other out in a variety of ways.
Since it’s Valentine’s day, I would like to show some love to all my models hair and makeup artists, fashion designers, photographers and videographers whom I’ve had the amazing pleasure of working with for the past five years since I began photographing humans. From San Francisco, California, to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Durham, North Carolina and to different places both in the US and abroad, thank you so very much for helping throughout all of these years.
If you’re a photography student, I strongly encourage you to build a team of creative and likeminded people to work with. It will be a fun learning experience that will only makeup a better and stronger photography professional. Now, I’m focusing on photography because after all, I am a photographer. However, there are many professions that require you to work in a group setting. No matter if you’re a retail sales professional or a public officer at a local public office, do your very best to be positive, know your individual and group goals, value everyone’s inputs as much as you’d like for them to value yours, and most importantly, communicate! Bad communication can lead to bad results and you don’t really want that. Be proactive and take initiative. If you don’t know something, then ask for help or figure out a way to make it work.
I hope you all have a fun, creative, productive and chocolaty Valentines Day!