Working with a Dream Team, or One Man - No Man

We all start with something. And when we do, we are on our own trying to figure things out.

One of the most important things I’ve realized as a portrait photographer is that you have to be a people’s person. You have to love people and learn to collaborate and communicate with them. Sometimes it’s not an easy task to do, yet it’s essential.

So why do we need to work in a team and why one man doesn’t make one?

As a big perfectionist, I always strive for beautiful images. Like those from beauty and fashion magazines I used to collect as a child. When I just started out over a year ago, there were a few things I neglected. For example, make up and wardrobe of my subjects. Them being beautiful seemed enough for me until one day I was looking though the images I took and thought: “Oh, his shirt wasn’t pressed. How could I not see it before?” “I wish she was wearing makeup. I wouldn’t have to spend so much time in Photoshop right now.'‘

After having more and more thoughts like these after my photo shoots, it was time for me to consider bringing other creatives on board and building a team.

It might seem a bit intimidating at first, especially for those who have difficulties connecting with people. But if you’re truly passionate about what you do and really want to create beautiful work - you will be unstoppable.

As for me, I love reaching out to other talents and sharing my ideas with them. The fact that they might be not interested doesn’t discourage me. Either way, it’s always worth trying.

So far, I’ve been very lucky to work with amazing people who’ve been always ready to contribute their talent and skills to create beautiful work we can all be proud of. No more missing buttons, messy hair, unpressed shirts, etc.

So what does it take to have a successful collaboration with other professionals? How do we build a dream team?

First of all, I think it’s very important for me, as a photographer, to have a clear idea of what kind of image I want to make. I always try to pre-visualize it first to be able to find similar images on the internet and use them as a reference. Creating a mood board for your team members will save you time when it comes to sharing your ideas with them.

Second of all, having great communication skills is definitely a plus. There will be times when the idea you had won’t work and you’ll have to change things around. Be open for suggestions. I always let my team use their judgements when it comes to makeup and wardrobe ideas. They’re experts so it’s up to them to decide how to bring them to life.

Sets can get pretty chaotic at times. It’s very important to stay calm and cool under pressure. Be appreciative and stay human no matter what. Treat others as you want to be treated and you’ll be able to build a strong team you’ll be working with over and over again.