So Hailey and I are presenting Showreels on the 24th January. I am doing the Marketing component.
I believe the that the easiest way to teach anything, is to bridge the gap between total beginner to advanced easily, by using show AND tell. Lots of visual breakdowns to show the simplicity and then move through that to the advanced. Knowing that every time, you practise something, you will make some big mistakes and you wont learn them until the shoot is long gone and you are in edit (saying dammit dammit)
You know sometimes in a shoot when you get cotton mouth, or nothing seems to be working. You try to keep that brave face but the truth is you walk away thinking you just screwed the entire shoot up. Oh yeah I remember those feelings. I have been a portrait photographer for so long it had been years since I felt like that. Until DSLR came into the world, and I wanted to embrace this new technology and run with it. Watching this evolution over the last 4 years has only made me more and more excited. It has become even more than I had imagined.
Hailey Bartholomew is just amazing to watch work. Her storytelling ability, surpasses just about any I’ve seen. I guess she is the Hipster Film making version of me as a portrait photographer. Meaning: The emotion, connection and storytelling is palpable and that is the obvious mastery of her passion. If you want that in heart speak, her images/showreels and little films fill me with emotion . . . I really get it, and I am really attracted to her work, which makes it the ultimate marketing tool.
Back to cotton mouth and two left feet sooooooo I decided to shoot two videos myself no help from Hailey no instruction ( I have seen her shoot but I have not asked her questions or been taught by her until we do showreels, you see I’m learning too) Then I am going to try to edit them so she can critique them live. I know – you know, I can shoot. But I am new to video too and I want you to see the basic mistakes I have made.
I know the content of this course, and I am so excited to watch her teach it. I am going to fill you with Marketing ideas for your business, I hope they excite you.
This week so far Monday & Tuesday I shot 2 Portraits and I asked each of the ladies if I could video them and tell a short story about them. You will not believe the amazing stories that came out of these woman. But what is more amazing, is the transformation you watch occur in themselves, this is more powerful than a million words.
Dawn: I still think about our lunch conversation. I really do believe some people are just magically put in front of you to teach you something. Meeting you was a great gift. You are a beautiful Woman and watching you light up was just amazing. I cannot wait for people to see your video and see the real you. Thank you also for the thousands of people you will inspire by such a beautiful message, to love your self. You are a Goddess.
Kris: When your husband booked your shoot, I knew you were both very special people. Photographing you yesterday and watching you laugh and dance was breathtaking. I am always taken when people speak about their spouses with great love. When you speak about your husband you GLOW. Thank you for sharing your incredible story too. Like I said above so many others will be empowered and enriched by your story, as I am. You are a Warrior.