I think being a photographer is the most beautiful, artistic, amazing, freeing, and a whole slew of positive words that describe just how deeply I love my craft. When I first started it was just a camera purchase but as I grew I sought out those willing to groom a young snot nose amateur who was serious about learning. My first mentor was Iconography Magazine owner Mike Williams also known as Mikael Aaron. He taught me so much in such a little amount of time. Why this tidbit is so important is because after 6 years I returned to where I started my education but instead of being on the first floor I was on the third at the Parkdale Suites. Gracing suite 15 is an amazing home grown and nationally known fashion photographer Sean Scheidt.
So a quick back story.... I know! another flashback lol! Giselle Melrose responded to a Facebook post from Sean who was looking for an MUA for a test shoot for Friday the 15th. She responded and was booked and I was invited along to be an assistant.
When we arrived we were greeted immediately with a warm inviting posture as we entered the studio. The model had already arrived by the time we came and we were just awaiting the hairstylist. As Giselle unpacked Sean gave me a tour of the studio and thus began my lesson of being an assistant for Sean Scheidt. He introduced me to the most important asset as his assistant and that was the "Scheidt Bag" which had every essential that you could think of from clamps, gaffers tape, ink pens, sharpies, bungee cords and the list goes on. From their he showed me his camera bag and our tools for the shoot and how to assemble every thing including a California sun bounce which I had never used until yesterday. The mood for the shoot was vintage 90s black and white, think GAP X Kate Moss. Instead of a traditional in studio back drop setup he decided to set up the seamless outdoors to capture a different emotion. After the lesson and quick tips we headed to the location right outside of the studio and began to map out where everything would go before bringing the essentials outside.
We completed the setup and now it was time to go in and grab everyone to come down. The shoot began and it was nothing short of an amazing experience between holding the sun bounce, becoming a c stand and doubling as a dressing room it was great.
As a full time photographer I think it's important sometimes to assist and just absorb the atmosphere of another's work flow. I learned a lot about my personal on set dealings just by being on set with Sean for a few hours. I look forward to assisting more on set with Sean and other photographers as well. Enjoy some more BTS images from yesterday's shoot!