In this business, it’s feast or famine. You can have orders and events piled on top of each other one minute, then the next, nothing. Thankfully, those days have become few and far between lately. But,the mentality of becoming over booked becomes a habit and sleep becomes a true luxury. It is for these reasons, an overall love for the craft is what is needed to sustain your energy…..by the time my head stopped spinning, I realized I went from not shooting in almost a year, to shooting 3 times in an 8 day period.
Sunday, March 17th
The first shoot was with photographer, Stephen Midgett. Always a truly enjoyable experience since he started in the business as a model (very awesome model at that)later turning his talents working behind the camera. He has a great eye for art as a whole, and I have enjoyed watching him grow as an artist. Plus he’s funny as hell. No crazy ….perfect match with my crazy. But always professional.
We were shooting was an up and coming recording artist, Dinero Stakx. New to the business, he was working his hand with putting together a shoot. Once he dropped Stephan’s name, I was in. Great pics with minimal BS. Lets do this.
By combining his own style with limited time and resources, I was able to create a few looks paired with his jeans, etc. The outcome was pretty positive. Yes.
Saturday, March 23rd
The next shoot came courtesy of local t shirt designers, Roads Ahead Et Al. CEO owner Chris offered to shoot many of the models from a show in February. Keeping his word (golden in this business), the shoot took place at DPI Studios in Downtown Cleveland.
Since shooting female models require more preparation, a makeup and hair team was put together for the shoot. Models booked, looks selected and tagged, hair preparation began hours the previous day.
Shout out to hair designer, Tiffany White of Textures and Transitions and Ebonie Brown of Ebony Eyes Cosmetics for assisting with this project…and for arriving promptly to my 7 am call time!
Pics turned out awesome, models Deanna, Saideh, Gina, LaShonda, Kevin, John and Danny worked it out. I was even persuaded to get in front of the camera for a few looks.
Sunday, March 24th (yes, the next day)
The final shoot involved childhood friend and photographer Alvin Smith of Urban Design Suite. He contacted me a few weeks prior to design a custom made jacket for the shoot.
Schedule conflicts of the model and myself, made this a tough one to pull off, in addition, there was an event at my store earlier that day. At this point, I was running n fumes from hair prep that Friday, the 7am call time Saturday, finishing the jacket, heading to my store for a special event and then down to the shoot by that evening.
Beyond tired? Yes.
But, I have no idea when this burst of energy erupts when I hit any set. No matter how tired I am, or how much I hadn’t slept, when I’m working, I’m having a ball. I forget how much sleep I didn’t have, the last time I ate or when I will get to do either. I am working, I’m enjoying.
The finished product was great. It was a pleasure to watch my childhood friend work in his element. Adding to the fun was longtime colleague, makeup artist, Robbin Jackson. The Darkroom Company Photography, McKinley Wiley was co pilot and last but not least, model Toni, was an extreme pleasure to work with. Truly a beauty inside and out. ,
Oh, Did I mention I had a great weekend?