Natalia Zurawska has been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. Having had had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing international photographers, Zurawska has learned a thing or two from her experiences. That being said, Natalia has shared some top-notch feedback with us. Take it away, Natalia!
Many common errors can easily solve a lot of time, money as well as frustration so that every shoot is fun and seamless – no pun intended. So here are 4 of the ones I’ve noticed most in my time working with Photographers.
1. Lack of Communication
Communication is key to every relationship and a lack of it causes unnecessary stress and frustration. Creatives are a great way to build teams. A creative is when a photographer, makeup/hair artist, model and sometimes wardrobe stylist get together and collaborate on a photo shoot for their portfolio. It is also called a TFP – time for prints.
As a photographer, you are the boss. Decide what kind of shoot you would like to work on and who you would like to work with that is perfect for the job. Discuss ideas, additional expenses if they are needed and email everyone to keep them in the loop and set up a date. Also discuss if you provide prints for free or just digital files.
2. Lack of Scheduling
It is really important to find out how long it will take to do a particular hairstyle or makeup look. Also, some makeup artists just do makeup, find out if they do both makeup and hair or if you will need a separate hair person as well as an assistant if you are using more than one model. Having people standing around creates a lot of chatter and lack of focus. Make a schedule for the day of the shoot so that everything is neatly organized. This way everyone knows what is expected and runs smoothly.
3. Lack of Details
Sometimes shoots are outdoors. Make sure to let everyone know this so they may dress appropriately. If you are shooting out of town, make sure everyone has a way to get there if they don’t drive. Ask if anyone has any allergies. There are many little details like this that may be overlooked and yet make a huge difference when shooting.
4. Lack of Good Treatment
As a photographer it is up to you to provide food if it is going to be a long day. Water should always be handy. If it is cold outside, having a heater or warming gloves makes a big difference. Treating everyone well, creates amazing results and lasting relationships. Always pay on time and provide any additional expense money up front or on the day of the shoot. The more fun and positive the atmosphere, the better the experience for everyone.
I hope you have enjoyed these tips! Happy Shooting Everyone!