It takes a village
One thing that most people don’t realize is just how many people it takes to create a photo shoot. For the shoot we just did for valentines called “Coca Squalor Chic”n we had a small crew. No art directors, just a skeleton crew.
Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak was the brainchild of this shoot, she is in the middle in all black. She was the stylist on the shoot. Then we had a hair person, a make up artist, a jeweler, and the models. Normally on other sets, there are a lot more people, but we will get into that in another post
In the end a photo shoot is only as good as the sum of it’s parts. In the case of this shoot, it was put together within a few hours and everyone was on board.
The hardest part with a shoot, is making sure everyone is seeing the vision and that is your job as a photographer, especially if there is no art director. You set the tone and have to be able to explain your vision in a clear and precise way. Once you work with people for a while, you will get a feel for what they can and cannot do. In this case, I had never worked with the make up artist before, so I told her my vision and let her do her thing. I figure they are professionals and artists, so I need to let them do their job, and then adjust from there. You are the captain of the ship, but if you don’t allow them their creative freedom, you will have a mutiny on your hands quick. That being said, if anything is messed up, it’s always the photographers fault. You have to be willing to ask for changes when needed, and be able to explain why.
Your shoot depends on communication and if you do it right, you will have amazing results, just like I did with this shoot!