By Natalia Zurowski
While on set, there is an unwritten list of behaviours and standards each person should adhere to and follow. This is your introduction (or reminder) of on-set norms to help facilitate an eye-roll-free photo shoot.
Quit the micromanaging - If you aren't in a direction job, don't tell others how they should be doing their work. There is a reason your colleagues got booked for that job on that specific day, just like you. It doesn't matter who has more experience, followers, or notoriety, it's important for everyone to come together to create a stellar product.
Find the line between help and interference.
Respect one another's talents - Be respectful of other people's work. If you are working with an industry legend, don't second-guess them or question their choices. They have a vision and idea for a shoot and even if it may not be to your liking, deal with it. If they ask for your opinion or look unsure or weary about an idea, feel free to chime in.
However, if your health or safety is at risk - that is a different matter. Creative choices deserve respect, but so do workplace rights.
Trust the model - Being the focus of a project can be a bit stressful for some models, even if they're experienced. Before you offer pointers on poses or critiques, let the model warm up. Don't expect them to jump into the shoot and give you what you want right away. If he or she isn't Coco Rocha or doesn't have years of experience under his or her belt, let them warm up. Even then, the pros also sometimes need a few minutes to get a feel for the concept and get into their groove. Some positive reinforcement is always helpful.
Be patient - Sometimes a shoot doesn't go smoothly. Sometimes there are an endless number of set changes. If the photographer has to change the lights, if a makeup artist needs to add more contour or change a lip for a model, if the computer is acting up - chill. If there is a client present, know that what the client wants is the most important and everyone on set is only doing their best to satisfy them. Ideas that may have seemed good before the shoot may not be working as planned and have to be altered. This is common - take it easy and relax.
Bad vibes off the set - Although photoshoots tend to be fun they can also be stressful, especially if it's for a huge international brand. Everything needs to be just right. Try to have fun on set, be easygoing, and keep up the morale. Shawnna Downing, a makeup artist from Toronto, considers positivity on-set key in pulling off photoshoots and adds, "you can't create art while being rigid." Good energy is contagious and it's what will make people want to work with you time and time again.
Value time - Along with respecting other people's talents and work, it is important to respect and value their time - the amount of time spent is a cost. If the make up artist is doing your make up, you don't need to be on a call at that moment, let them do their work. If you're done a shoot, bring the shoes back to the stylist - pulling looks for editorials can take days, not to mention the returning afterwards. If you can see that another member of the crew needs help with something offer to help. Renting a studio space and hiring everyone on set is expensive and making the most of the day should be a priority.