I had the pleasure of shooting the six finalists for Dallas’s CultureMap Stylemaker awards.
I was nervous about this fashion shoot. CultureMap wanted to shoot on a white seamless, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to make the images look interesting enough.
The day before the shoot, I brought in every piece of gear I own and tested different lighting techniques in the studio. With each new idea I tested and each new lighting technique I tried, I became more frustrated and annoyed with myself. It just didn’t look as good as I thought it should.
That night I stayed up till 3am going over idea after idea in my head. As I lay in the dark, I worried that the next day would be a disaster. I feared that I was a terrible fashion photographer and I fell deeper into my insecurity.
I can often be very insecure about myself and my work. I am usually the last one to acknowledge that my work is good. Even after many successful photo shoots, I still doubt my ability to light and photograph good pictures.
After all of that preparation and worry, I decided to go back to my original idea of shooting with two lights against the white cyc. This was my first idea and is my normal photography setup. I just became lost in the search to be cooler and better; I doubted my ability, and I didn’t trust my vision.
This turned out to be one of my most enjoyable days on set. Everyone was a delight to work with and wasn’t afraid to play around in front of the camera.
Remember to trust your vision and trust yourself. There are millions of photographers out there but only one of you. Make the picture that you see and trust that you can do it well. It is much better in the long run to stick with your vision and be yourself than fret over trying to copy other people.
The co-founder of B. Stellar Jewelry, Nancy Koen, is known for her elegance and confidence. She combines vintage family pieces with the latest trends and jewelry from B. Stellar to create a truly unique style.
Nelson Huff is a sales associate at Pockets Menswear and a guy who will always make you laugh. A fan of tailored blazers and carefully coordinated pants, his distinctive style is pure Dallas.
Blogger, designer, and illustrator, Kendall Eckerd, created Clan of Cro to promote sustainable, slow, meaningful fashion with pieces that will adjust to the individual seasons of our lives. Her style stands out as comfortable, unique, and timeless. We look forward to seeing their first collection this fall.
Julian Leaver, director of catering for Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent, is a man that can rock his bowtie. Whether dressing up for business or dressing for a casual lunch, his style fits the Dallas man.
Stylist, Javier Burkle, wears both vintage and modern with a flair. With old-world elegance he mixes casual Dallas pieces with carefully selected vests that make his style so unexpected yet just right.
Head on over to CultureMap to see who won!