The photoshoot is scheduled and a talented team assembled, my excitement grows. Along with my excitement comes this anticipation. I often wonder if it is self doubt – and if that’s indeed what it is, where does it stem from? Pre-shoot jitters? Or is this just part of me pushing the envelope, moving out of my comfort zone that creates these feelings? I consider myself to be somewhat talented with a good eye for composition and a creative flair. My fine art photography has sold when I was exhibiting, I’ve won international photographic competitions, I get a lot of accolades from peers, I understand my strengths and I work to overcome my weaknesses by learning from mistakes.
Once the noseam paper is in place, the lighting tested, adjustments made and I pick up the camera and focus on my model, those nagging thoughts fall to the wayside. I think I equate it to waiting for the curtain to rise, but we’ve had no auditions, no rehearsal. Just a group of strangers with a common goal, coming together to create.
The first thing I do even before reaching out to the players is develop mood/style boards of swipe images. This project is haute couture Vogue style hats and head pieces.
I met with my 2 designers and gave each some materials that I had or purchased and gave them free reign to create. Their designs will drive the direction of the shoot including the type of faces the MUA will create.
It is my job to orchestrate the shoot. I set the tone, I give direction to models, most I will meet the day of the shoot… I reviewed their portfolios, their level of experience varies but it’s their willingness to be a part of my creative process that seems to make things gel. I am trying to establish a rapport, to build an ensemble, a team.
Working with me is a collaboration, a labor of love, with no money exchanging hands in hopes of building portfolios and having the work you’ve done appreciated so much that the next photographer / client will pay for your services.
Ara, is Metro NY/NJ based MUA having trained at Media Makeup Academy, New York. She worked with a photographer friend of my husband and came highly recommended when I was looking for a make-up artist. She’s worked with me a number of times and I have come to rely on her to understand the look I’m trying to achieve and she delivers – flawlessly.
Helen, is a world traveling designer/stylist who saw my casting call and reached out to me. Not only is she creating hats/ head pieces, she is also playing the role of stylist on set. I wish she would put her roots down in New York, but then she would probably be so busy with paid work, that I’ve never get to work with her again. She has given me a sneak peek at some of her creations and fueled my enthusiasm to new heights.
Fatima, is a metro NY/NJ designer. Her portfolio is more ethnically based, with vivid colors that caught my attention. but this is a chance for her to create freely. Some of her head wrap designs will be created directly on the model, and will give me a glimpse of a couple creations on Friday.
If only artists were given grants, sponsors or stipends to live on so that they may wile away their hours creating. They could work at fulfilling their dreams.
A lot of time goes into a photoshoot, so much more then the nano second it takes to turn a magazine page.
Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Dream until your dreams come true… (Aerosmith)