Not every brief falls within the bounds of my core business, but occasionally - when the calendar is not chockers - I do like to take on work that is not part of my typical week-to-week cycle.
Doing so often refreshes the creative juices and sometimes pushes me outside of my comfort zone. Both scenarios are healthy.
While photographing the Oribe Australia Atelier last Monday for Rogue Beauty at The Old Museum, Brisbane, part of my brief was to create black and white portraits showcasing hair styles. Having never tackled anything like this previously, I considered it my foray into beauty photography!
The event coverage included showcasing two hair-styling demonstrations by Rogue Beauty's lead educator Julianne McGuigan using Oribe products. After each hair style was created, the demonstration model's portrait was created in the makeshift studio I'd set up while workshop participants got hands-on re-creating the style on their own model. Then at the end of the hands-on session, each participant's handiwork was also photographed.
This meant cycling the 20 or so hands-on models through quite quickly to keep the event on schedule, allowing very little time to calm the nerves of those inexperienced with photoshoots, adjust my strobe lighting to best accentuate each model's features or coax out the perfect pose and expression. Working fast, all things considered, I think the images came out quite nicely.