Lookbook Shoot

About a month ago I was asked to shoot a lookbook shoot for Deux Lux Handbags. The local Brooklyn stylist Erica Lavelanet asked me to be apart of this collaboration. I have shot Erica before, and let's just say she always puts a smile on my face. I have never met someone so happy and hilarious. 

As if her personality isn't enough, her style is perfection. She was the model for the first half, then styled the in house model for the second half. I wanted to share a couple shots from that day. 

Also I have to say thank you to one of my best friends Skyler Brown. She came all the way from NC to help assist me that day. As I said before on my blog, I like to keep things real...

That being said, I knew I could bang out this shoot with the first half being outside and using my lovely natural light friend. That is what I am comfortable with. I was a bit nervous about the second half being in studio. Don't get me wrong I have worked in a studio in school and internship, but this was different. This was bigger and more intimidating. I knew I needed help to deliver the best of the best to this company. I didn't want to go in rusty ....(because it had been awhile..) I first admitted to myself I needed help and called Skyler immediately. Having her there was a lifesaver, but she also made me refresh my memory and do things myself.

I have learned that admitting you need help sometimes is ok. Why you ask? Well it's because if I would have went into that alone :

1. It would have taken me 10x longer getting things together ..meaning lights, stands, umbrellas..
(this would include cleaning up afterward as well....which is a lot if you have ever been in a studio..)

2. I wasn't 100% on my game in that section of lighting. I needed a refresh. I needed someone who knew their shit 100%. In my case Skyler was the one.
Example will be below to show you that I believe we as a team delivered 120%. Both outside and inside on this shoot. Only showing a couple, because the rest will be in the lookbook.

Anyways, I hope you kind of take something away from this. I am still learning myself. If I wasn't still learning more and more I would be worried for myself. All I know is I want to get better. I want to be companies first choice in their photographer line up. I want to be able to do studio and natural light. As you can see I want a lot of things, but I am not afraid to do the dirty work to get there. If that means admitting I need help or advice sometimes, then so be it. It is making me a better person/photographer.