Blog Mr Sam Wall: Capturing THE shot

Elke maand geeft de Britse Award Winning Men Stylist Sam Wall zijn visie op de kapperswereld. Deze keer over het vastleggen van het perfecte plaatje.

"It’s that time of year where everyone in the hair world is starting to think about competition work. So I thought that this was the perfect opportunity to start talking about capturing that one special image that can change your career.
“Above are 6 images that have massively helped changing my career and have all been award winning images. These were created by both a lot of planning yet also an element of spontaneity. Capturing that look you have in mind can be rather tricky, and sometimes you can be on set all day and still not capture the image that you vision. This can be frustrating at times as an image must tell a story and must capture the emotion and feeling that you want to portray, which isn’t easy.
The best way to get the most out of a shoot is to plan: mood boards are essential to help achieve a clear understanding of the end goal, but also research the competition you are entering. Look at the criteria, a lot of people miss this, but it’s so important. I’ve judged a few competitions and have seen some amazing images entered, but at times the images haven’t matched the criteria and it’s been such a shame. For example there is no point in entering a short haired female model into a male competition, it just won’t work even if you are trying to stand out or prove diversity and equality.
Again I have spoken about this before, but it’s VITAL in any form of photoshoot and that is the relationship between the team. To find your ‘number one’ team can take a while as you have to try many different photographers, MUA’s etc., but eventually you will get a feel for your style, whom work best with and what relationship you are looking for.
Once you have found a team with a strong relationship and understanding, then the shoots will flow a lot easier as you have a feel for one another. This is where the spontaneity will start to shine through. Once the shoot starts to flow, then everyone including the model will just start to work with the feeling and emotion. This is when that one shot can be captured best when its unexpected and just happens more naturally. There is no better feeling then seeing ‘the shot’ on that screen especially after you’ve been planning and visioning for weeks or even months.
The models (especially new faces) can sometimes be difficult to direct, but this is also where team work and the connection between the team become vital. The team should make the model feel at ease. I find that the more confident the team behind the scenes are, then the more comfortable the model will become, allowing them to work their magic in front of the camera more effective. The models mood is key as they need to be the one feeling your emotion, and that is down to the team on how we portray what it is we are looking for.
Hope this helps and good luck shooting.”

Sam Wall
www.mrsamwall.co.uk
@mrsamwall

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