How to contact a designer for a photoshoot...just ask ?
How do you find a designer ? I hate to say it, but sometimes social media can be your best friend. Last year, we decided to start submitting our work to magazines. Francesca came up with a great idea and we themed it out, worked up a story board and planned our next move. That move was to contact a designer to make an outfit for us. We were basically in uncharted water. Instead of sitting around wondering how to find a designer, we just went on Facebook and then contacted one. Again, not knowing the protocol, we just asked her to make us an outfit for an upcoming shoot and that we'd be submitting those images for publication. We'd never done that before, either. Things started to come together, little by little, piece by piece. From where we started, we would never have seen where it was going or how we were going to get there. We needed a model. Then a make up artist. Hair stylist. Place to photograph our idea. It seemed to all start flowing. Like hey, this is easy. Pause....next time your setting up a shoot with hair, make-up,designer, models, etc....and you somehow think its going to be easy...a year later I'll be reading YOUR blog..lol. Every time we thought we had it under control, something happened. We stressed because we THOUGHT it was supposed to all go smooth, for some strange reason. Well, its not. Its a lot like life. Only more difficult. But so worth the effort when its what you love more than anything! Well, the day arrived, finally. We had kept in constant communication with model, hair dresser, stylist and make up artist. What could go wrong? First, our model was under the weather and wasn't able to pick up the outfit from the designer,who lived 45 minutes away. She was supposed to have it BEFORE the day of the shoot. The make up artist arrived, without her make up bag, brushes, etc. due to a miss communication. Hair stylist had car trouble. We were then shooting in the worst and hottest part of the day, high noon. Did we get it done? Yes, we did. Perseverance and a talented, creative team of people. And i'm proud to say that our images have been accepted for publication by a magazine. Things didn't go in a straight line and nothing that happened, could have been prevented by us. But the real lesson here for us, anyway, and anybody who might be putting together a shoot, is that you never know until you ask, what you can get or who will work with you. We asked a designer to make us an outfit and several months later we were published in a magazine. It never hurts to ask, but it hurts not to.
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