I’ve been known to be some sort of a control freak. Thinking I can do everything on my own… Not an OK psyche entering the journey of motherhood! It would send you insane and leave you on the floor in the fetal position rocking back and forth… In saying that- I’m dedicating this blog post to the help. The gratitude that fills my sometimes selfish heart is for my husband who has quit his job to help me do mine, for my mother who never says no to any cuddle-feed-nappy change duties, for my team who simply could do no more for my business at it’s lowest point, for my true friends (those who know this wide world of hair and have become family) who TELL me I can do things when I think it totes ain’t possible! and for my son who never ceases to make me smile… even at 2am!
I’ve just come off a weekend where I shot my photographic collection. Yes, I can breathe again! Anyone who builds up to this point knows the feelings, sometimes excitement, nerves, pumped! This time I felt suffocated. I was shooting with a team I hadn’t shot with before. That can increase stress levels on its own!
Suffocated by the thought of failing; failing my team, my husband, my son. Suffocated by the thought of producing something that does not represent me or my brand. For those of you who know the financial commitment- its extreme. Sometimes ridiculous (as my husband.. oh and my accountant have termed it!). But I can’t help it, right? How’s it go? I love what I do!
You will be happy to know that for those of you who don’t shoot year in and year out Imma let you in on a few tips n tricks to get you through it and breathe easy…
Set and budget:
As stated above, this never goes down well with my hubby or accountant. BUT, you need to see things realistically. I am a business owner so I can budget accordingly. If you’re an apprentice starting out- you might wanna have a look at some sort of Model Mayhem or Star Now situation? The more money, the better the result is NOT always the case ;)
Personally, my favourite part! This is the truly creative part where you get to delve inside your soul and pull something out that you think is pretty cool and develop it! I always go with something a little emotional. I feel like I have a better connection to it and the hair may come a little easier (note: I said ‘a little’- this is not always the case!)
Spend money to save money:
Sometimes… sometimes, I say, it definitely pays off to have a producer, project manager or someone that knows the ropes. Even your boss could be this person! You allow yourself to use their contacts to save money on models, makeup artists, stylists or even a photographer?! Their contacts can maybe lead you to even better people to suit your concept. And by delegating these jobs like a written submission or chasing up model release forms you can concentrate on what youre great at!
Don’t lose sight:
It’s way too easy to sway in different creative directions organically!... And sometimes this can be awesome and lead you somewhere pretty spesh. But sometimes, you lose track so much you can’t even see your original concept anymore- which is sad… its happened to me a lot and it takes one of my favourite people, who speaks words of wisdom, Queen B herself, Ms Leesa Smith, who puts me straight back on track, “Stay true to yourself and your inspiration. Shoot for yourself and no-one else [this includes the judges]!”
Choose your team:
Try and surround yourself with people who have the same aesthetic as you. It will be easier to communicate on the day and you won’t be put in the position of dissing their style!
On the day:
Be prepared! Know your concept! Have assistants! Get catering! Stay hydrated! Be open to change on the day- sometimes it just does not work behind the lens! From award winning hairdresser turned awesome photographer Mr Matthew Webb says: “Stand next to the photographer constantly, watch the screen (as things look really different once you have contrast on there) and adjust the hair accordingly.”
So here’s me givin’ back! Hope I’ve enlightened some aspiring shooters…
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