To Be Continued

Another early morning rise, and the preparations for the day have begun. Coffee—check. Blog—check. Brush teeth—check. Fedora on, and so the day awaits. I am learning a great deal from Robyn about all the necessary details when coordinating photo shoots. You see a photo, the people look pretty, right? But that’s what is the beauty of photography, is if done right, looks seamless, and the average viewer truly has no idea ‘all’ what went in to making it appear so. So, the process continues, and the finer details begin to be pulled in, and the bigger picture begins to take shape.

Besides, location and creating the concept, what do the clients wear? Are they casual? Dressy? Hair up? Lots of make-up? Little make-up? No make-up at all? These are the details that although we see pulled together and we enjoy the final outcome, how did it all get to that point? Sometimes it’s as simple as giving the clients some direction as far as ideas for what to wear, and they feel comfortable doing it all themselves. That’s the most common way, but many times when someone is getting their photograph done, of course they want to look their absolute best. Of course they do! But no need to worry your pretty little faces, literally. This is where your hair, make-up and stylists come in. See, this is no sitting on the couch, eating bon bons, hold your camera up, snap a shot kind of business. Sorry to disappoint ya. Did I take away the mystery?

Robyn and I met with a stylist she was interviewing for some upcoming shoots. It’s a matter of determining is this person’s way of styling fit the needs of the photographer’s style. Well, Titi fit the bill! A preacher’s wife at that! She had swag, she had style, and then some. To witness her and Robyn discuss ideas for her upcoming shoot, was like watching a fine ballet. But a hip ballet. heehee. Robyn described her concept, and who the client was, and there it began. a pliet, a lift and twirl and a leap through the air! I mean hair ideas, make-up concepts, clothing options, will there be wigs, hair up, down? It was brainstorming at its finest. When the fit is right it all begins to take shape. It was extraordinarily helpful for me to gain an understanding of how collaboration, when it’s right, can make the process that much smoother. As Robyn would say, “Titi is the”.

Speaking of bombs, Robyn laid one on me, when Titi left and we began to discuss the rest of the day. As part of the learning aspect, Robyn came up with a great idea to have me put together a photo project, due by Sunday morning that consists of a concept, and use what resources I needed at my whim. BOMB! What? I tried to appear very relaxed and and unshaken. Obviously I’m terrible at it, because at the end of her giving the assignment, Robyn pauses, and says “Ok, what do you think? You look nervous”. Crap, I am terrible with hiding anything. I wanted to appear confident and ready to go. No lie, my stomach kind of did a twirl. However, I composed myself, and thought, this is what it’s all about; putting my skills to work, and excercising my left brain, or is it right brain? You know what I mean. I pulled up my britches, tugged on my fedora, and off we went to the ‘Texas Assylum’.

Don’t worry, I didn’t lose my mind. ‘Texas Asslylum is a store filled with repurposed items. A thrift, craft and antique store all in one. Robyn decided she was going to drop me off at the store with Ramonna and Jen, the owners, and let my creative juices percolate. The rest was going to be up to me to plan and create. From there, I was responsible for determining whatever else I needed, get around as I saw fit, and meet Robyn back at the studio at 2pm. Ok, no lie, I turned into a 16 year old wanting to please the teacher, and a bit of fear was rambling around in my gut. I had spiral notebook in hand, and off I went. I gave Robyn a quick glance of “save me”, then off she went. But then it came to me, this is truly what this whole process is all about! Right? I won’t have Robyn when I return home. So, this is where the rubber meets the road (for my corporate friends). This is what I want to do, and will be doing when I get home, so what was I afraid of?

Off I went. Down each isle, taking notes as the ideas began to flow. Dolls, books, paints, toys, household items even some bike wheels. Buttons, ribbons, hats, boots, chairs. It was all there, I just had to open my mind and let it flowwwww. Once I did this, it was amazing how the ideas began to poor out onto paper. I could hang this there, I could place that there. So, this is what it is all about; letting go and opening my mind. It was such a ‘light bulb’ moment (for you Oprah fans). Robyn knew what she was doing. She had the trust in me, why couldn’t I? And where best to put it out there, but while I am with Robyn. (Deep breath out) I felt home. I was in my element, and the ideas abundant. A flowering blossom, a butterfly from a caterpillar. Can’t you picture it? So, my master idea is underway, and that is all I can share for now, because it needs to be a surprise for my presentation to Robyn. Will it turn out? Will I flop? Will I succeed? No matter what, lesson learned. Robyn wanted me to just let go, and allow myself to just think and create. And, so create I will.

There was more to the day, but I feel the need to end on this note for now. I will definitely fill you in on the rest in my next entry.

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  1. Posted May 11, 2012 at 4:58 am by Cheri | Permalink

    Robs! Your blog is absolutely fascinating! I can’t wait to see u next week and hear about everything ur learning! What an incredible blessing u have been given. :). Love u and am so proud of u, sweetie! Can’t wait to read ur next entry… :)))

    • Posted May 11, 2012 at 11:40 am by admin | Permalink

      Thank you so much my friend. You and I will have an adventure while your visiting. And lots to share! Thank you for your kind words. Love to my booooys!

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