Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Styling 101: my first job
I met up with the sub editor/ stylist one rainy afternoon in town. She was incredibly sweet and helpful, really taking the time to explain things to me as we whizzed around the stores collecting props for the shoot. This was going to be for a feature story on cosy homes, so we looked for dark rich colours, cute but warm clothes from local designers and other little pieces that might come in handy. We filled that little car with as much as we could before heading back to the office.
On the morning on the shoot I was running late! I sat there in bumper to bumper traffic cursing every car that inched past me. I had finally been given a break and now I was going to bloody miss it because of a small accident on the bridge! Bad start for frazzled nerves! When I finally pulled up to the amazing 1960s house belonging to a well known New Zealand photographer, everybody was sitting around chatting amongst themselves. I nervously introduced myself to the editor, the photographer and the 'model' (also a photographer). They had all been in the game for a long time and I felt very much like a new kid on the block. Once we got started I played my roll of assistant by making everybody coffee's, picking up cakes for the photo and only offering some tiny suggestions here and there. I wondered afterward whether I hadn't been a little bit too quiet, but then again this was my first job so I really felt that it was important to stand back and observe.
About a month later I got an email with a sneak preview of the cover, followed by a copy of the magazine in the mail. It was really interesting to see how different it turned out in the end. It was a lot darker than I imagined but I suppose that was in order to create a winter feel. Ha ha at least I can look at the cover and say 'Hey I went out and found those cakes'!
Most importantly this job gave me a taste of what it is to be a stylist. So often you have ideas about what you think a job is going to be like, and it can turn out to be a lot different (and usually a hell of a lot less glamorous). I can honestly say that I loved the taste I got though, and a lot of that is thanks to my work on Dashfield. This little job has already led onto other things, as well as another shoot in a couple of weeks so I will let you know how it goes. The hardest part is trying to convince somebody to give you a chance!