Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Cheer-ing Up

This past Sunday I helped my friend and fellow makeup artist & photographer, Meg Valentine.  (Hers are the photos I took recently for her website).  I was her second shooter for a group of teenage cheerleaders who needed their photos taken - in uniform and in street clothes.  Here's what I learned from the experience:

1 - People complain a lot, especially if they are uncomfortable.  When it's windy and 50 degrees, it's not easy to keep 20, 16-year olds happy.  It was cold.  If you can reschedule for a warmer day, it might be worth the effort to do so.

2 - Parents can be a pain.  Some were there the whole time, some held up the show by bringing a check after the photos were taken.  One even basically triple-shot the girls.  Photog friends - put it in your contract that there are to be no other photographers taking pictures while you are trying to.  It's rude & it's  extremely distracting.

3 - Meg is in the process of getting her website live so we used order forms.  Don't EVER...use...order forms.  If you're a serious photographer set up an account online so you can upload the images and let the girls and their parents go to town and order what they want.  You have enough to do with processing all the images, let someone else worry about the orders.

4 - Take everything as an experience.  This was something new for me and it is one of those things that you just don't know what to expect until you are right in the middle of it.

That being said it's always fun to work with Meg.  She has given me permission to use the images I edited in this blog.  While her website isn't up YET, you can contact her through email.


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