How Many Photo Shoots are TOO Many?

How Many Photo Shoots are TOO Many?

What I Learned from TOO Many Photo Shoots:

 

4 interior design shoots in 1 week… (insert exhausted/frantic woman)…

Re-Branding a business is a lot of work.  I’ve teamed up with a graphic designer to create a new logo, I (re)registered my business with the state of Georgia and renewed my license, and I recently found an amazing web developer to build me a new website.  And in the hustle and bustle of it all, I realized I hadn’t photographed some of my favorite projects… the ones I want to showcase on my website!

Eeeeeeek!

So, I frantically scheduled 4 photo shoots in 1 week with the most amazing of photographers, Mali Azima but after really thinking about it we rearranged and scheduled 2 one week and the other 2 the following week and I still exhausted!

Let me begin by saying, photo shoots are a lot of work.

I’m going to repeat that for dramatic effect…

PHOTO SHOOTS ARE A LOT OF WORK!

When I scheduled them back to back, I wasn’t thinking about all the items you need to prepare for the photo shoot. After all, while I was gathering items for one project, how much more difficult is it to shop for 3 other shoots at the same time?  Let me tell you… it’s a lot more difficult. Up to this point in my career, I had done my own styling but the sheer quantity of materials needed in a short period of time warranted me hiring a stylist. The stylist can help you accessorize but also work with the photographer to capture the best angle for each room (thank you, Brandon Bransford!). We had accessories (car loads worth for each home from stores all over Atlanta), which I had to transport and drop off the day before each shoot to ensure we could begin on time.

But, I think there is a silver lining to every circumstance, and this one is no exception.  Here is what I learned from the experience:

  1. Apart from the amazing amount of stress the human mind & body can handle, I learned that baby steps are vital.  I made a check list each day (thanks, Wunderlist), and step by step, my assistant and I ticked off every thing that needed to be accomplished.  Though there was much to do, breaking down the overwhelming amount of work into bite-size tasks allowed me to breathe easier.  It also gave me a sense of peace knowing that each errand I ran, each phone call I made, got me one step closer to my goal of having AMAZING photos for my new website.
  2. I learned that each photo shoot day took a lot longer than I thought it would.  Working with an interiors photographer is much different than the other photographers I had previously worked with (my headshot photographer, a real estate photographer, and yours truly as a photographer). There were a lot of moving parts happening simultaneously (assistants moving around, lighting being adjusted, camera angles being changed, the stylist changing around accessories, etc.), so now I know not to schedule more than one photo shoot in a day (or maybe even a week).  Ever. Ever. EVER!
  3. And, finally, I learned that interior design photo shoots are an exception to the rule less is more.  In this scenario, more is always more.  You never know what will photograph well until you try it, so the more options you have (accessories, furniture, fabrics), the more you increase your likelihood of capturing that one-of-a-kind image that encompasses your vision for the space.

I love my job and I am so grateful to be doing what I love as a career.  I learn so much from each experience and I hope you can learn from my adventures, too.

I am excited to see what the future holds as I continue to refine and re-brand my business.

Here are a couple of the rooms from that crazy week… (They were worth the effort!)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

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(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima, Stylist: Brandon Bransford)

May you have a smart, stylish Tuesday!

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