Alicja Colon Photographer. Paper-illustrator. Still-life creator.

Manual Focus: A personal podcast that focuses on the intersection of Christ and Creativity.

A personal podcast that focuses on the intersection of Christ and Creativity.

08: Less Jerk. More Lead.

Music: Creative Commons; Ear Scriptones 2 by IntoInfinity.org.

The 6

  1. Share the mission of the shoot, leading up to the shoot, and just before. Having my team understand the objective provides them perspective as to how their role supports the shoot. It also gives them a framework in which to suggest ideas.

  2. Be open for ideas from your team, as you share the concept of the shoot. If I include my team from the beginning, a sense of ownership sets in as together we collaborate. My team will feel included, respected, and be more invested if they know they are valued.

  3. Allot time at the end to execute ideas that come from the team. It’s always a good idea to pad the time of a shoot. Undoubtedly, something will happen to make the shoot run a little long. Most photographer knows that. But adding time to be able to craft impromptu ideas from the team could be a new thought.

  4. Be clear in directives. This is a hard one for me, as my mind is going a mile-a-minute while on set. Being clear in my directions help the model feel secure. Once they start feeling that perhaps they aren’t providing what I want, things go south, quickly. Most times if that happens, it’s my fault.

  5. Provide insight on the frame. From light to composition, I share the with the models and stylists what I’m looking for and they can tailor their efforts to meet the frame.

  6. Be thankful and praiseful. Realize and express that I wouldn’t be nearly as good if it wasn’t for them. Though I generally have the credit attached to my work, it’s a team effort. They make the art, as much as I do. For that I’m grateful and humbled by their collaboration.

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