When talking to our clients for the first time, they always mention how they don’t like getting their picture taken. Who does? It can be an uncomfortable, unsettling event. In fact, many of them reference a “bad” experience where they were photographed in a stale lifeless environment, had to hold a stiff lame pose for way toooooo long or simply just didn’t connect with the photographer. We’ve all been there, done that. Everyone remembers their high school senior portraits, are we right? We’ve found the only way to curb this anxiety is to discuss the overall goal for the shoot. What are they looking to achieve? How do they want to be portrayed? How can we help effectively present this to others? These are all vitally important questions that we guess were not asked in their previous “bad” experience. LISTENING IS KEY. Once you’ve heard their ideas repeat them back. It’s a simple yet important step. It let’s them know you care and are actually paying attention. Trust us, you’ll immediately see a shift in their language. Any previous objections begin to fade away like a distant memory and the real collaboration can begin. Give it a whirl, we dare ya!
For today’s headshot we have the pleasure of featuring the sassy, yet regal Edna. She found us through a mutual friend and had some of the exact same apprehensions we mentioned earlier. We overcame them by setting the tone from our very first conversation. We listened, built trust and from that moment on she was on board. It shows!
“You guys really know what you are doing!” – Edna
As mentioned in earlier posts we’ve been working hard on completing some studio construction projects. A few weeks ago we posted how we spruced up our entry and today we’re happy to feature the various stages of building our dressing room walls! Something we had to carefully plan as we didn’t want to damage the original hardwood floors or brick. Eric designed a free floating wall concept of sorts, one that would minimally tack into the flooring to create the base support. We also decided to build the framing out of steel because it’s extremely light weight. Being on the second floor it’s something we are very conscious about.
When documenting the process we were working late into the nights and we quickly realized that we needed to take the photographs during the daytime. The first two images reflect our impatient mistake. Please forgive us… we were also too lazy to use our ‘real’ cameras.
Next we started the puzzle of putting together our salvaged wood plank wall. Remember all those pallets? Now you get to finally see our vision!
OUR HOW TO
• Decide on a wall or walls.
• Start the hunt for collecting pallets. Free is the best, there are many left in alleyways or contact an industrial business nearby.
• Sawzall (ladies this is a tool) through the nails to get the planks off the pallet frame, we recommend two people for this part.
• Measure the wall (height & width), rough out your pattern on the ground.
• It’s a good idea to paint your wall black so seams appear uniform. Wood shrinks, even old wood.
• Now is the tedious part… you will need to rip down many planks because most are not the same height or width, repeat this a lot!
• Use a finish nail gun to secure them to the wall.
• Step back and admire all your hard work!
You’re in the dressing room now… we added this unexpected board for it’s awesome color and font.
Instead of a door into the room we constructed another wall (half size). It also was cladded in planks.
We had these chunky branded nubs left over. They added a little more character + life to the wall. You know how we love our plants!
Stay tuned for another update coming soon where we add the drywall (seems like a boring step, but this is us you’re talking about) and our indoor photographing wall and platform!
If you have any questions on ‘how’d we do that’ or just want to tell us about your latest DIY project, feel free to leave a comment…
A post on a local photographer’s FB group started our relationship, but it felt like we had met even before she moved to Tucson. We were glad to see another friendly person contributing to the group and asking for advice. Not enough photographers do!!! It is truly a great feeling to have a community within the industry to connect with colleagues, bounce ideas off each other and mostly important build trust. Looking back to when our company first started, we wish something like this existed. If you haven’t attended a local meet up in your area, we highly suggest doing so… you automatically have at least one thing in common! For today’s headshot, we have the pleasure of featuring the sweet & simple Kristin of Kristin Anderson Photography. She’s a laid back gal, keeps it real and is easy to talk to. MmmmmHmmmmMmmm! It only made sense to capture these qualities. She wanted an updated headshot to compliment her ‘newly relocated’ brand and of course we wanted to help a sista out! Lastly, she soooooo deserved it! Thank you Kristin for making us laugh and ensuring us that we are not the only ones in the goofball department.
“When you have been with someone this long, it sometimes takes a special glimpse of them to remind you of how truly beautiful they are, and always have been.” – William Anderson (Kristin’s husband)