I know couple struggles I’ve been having as a photographer is building a team. You really have to have a team to do shoots for certain things and it’s always good to work with a crew that you can always have fun with anyways. Being a photographer doesn’t mean you should be working alone shooting certain things, unless you can do 4 things at once. You must be really talented.
The struggles I had moving to California was finding people to work with to do make-up, hair, and styling. Finding an assistant was never a problem, and don’t ever feel wrong having an assistant. You should definitely give a read about assistants from my mentor’s blog. "On Assisting" It’s always great to have an assistant to give some input.
Who do you really need on a team?
- Make Up Artist
- Hair Stylist
- Wardrobe Stylist
- Assistant (optional)
Having these people on your team will really help you develop great pictures. I’ve worked with Francis as my stylist, Hikari as my make up artist, who has done a lot of shoots with me, Cindy as my hair stylist and Sylvia as my assistant. Even though there are times when a few couple can’t show up, be sure to have a back up!
Their contribution to your shoots will definitely benefit you and them. They make your pictures better and makes the process much faster. There are many more people who can be part of a team, but I think these people are really your essentials!
July was definitely an adventure! I had so much fun and gained a lot of experience from the things I do. Every month is always a new direction for me and I really get to explore Southern California. I’ve realized I’ve been here for more than half a year and I’ve seen so much and got to experience many things that other Californians haven’t.
I’m grateful for the people who have helped me and drove me everywhere. I still live without a car, and for a person without a vehicle I’ve gone to so many places. Just feeling really great for the things that have occurred in my life.
Then I attended US open with my friends and that was definitely a great experience. Not only that, shooting for fashion blogger Feral Creature was a pleasure this month too! I’ve gotten much better and photos for her are looking great! We even got to experience shooting at the The Well in LA.
Woot! August will be a great edition to my great year so far!
You know the usual! It’s been a pleasure working with Eugenie, Feral Creature. You know, it’s always a blast shooting for her blog, being able to travel and see her wonderful style. This time we were able to go to Downtown LA and shoot at The Well, which is a clothing store and a salon combined together. We also shot a few other stuff that she put together too.
Being able to go down a natural water slide was definitely a great experience!
If you want to read more about the hike, and see more pictures just go to Franz’s adventure blog!
I’ve recently took some head shots of my friend Mason, he’s an aspiring actor! It’s really great to hear his story and how he wants to star in movies and other things. I’ve decided to help him out by taking his head shots.
We had a fun time doing this mini shoot, here’s a few photos!
It’s always great to have successful shoot! I had a great time working with Jen @ M Model Management, she was definitely a trooper for this shoot! My make up artist was a trooper too! We all hiked up and down the Dominator Shipwreck to take some amazing images!
A big thanks to both amazing people for making this happen! :D
Check out the behind the scenes photo of the shoot!
Here are some photos from the shoot!
WOOO! What a long day of shooting and assisting! I had a fun time helping out my friend Virgil with his product shoot for Cha For Tea. We woke up super early, at 4 AM to head out to Irvine, CA. We ended the shoot at about 11 AM, it was super long but I had fun. I took some behind scenes photos too!
These are practically things I’ve been doing ever since I graduated high school! I freaking love assisting!
I recently went to Anime Expo 2013 in Downtown Los Angeles and it’s my first time going! I really enjoyed everything there and I was able to bump into some of my friends too. I went with my roommate, Mymy, and my friend Titus. We definitely had a fun time at AX13’. It was a last minute trip planned too!
It was my first time experiencing something like this, so it was very fascinating! There were so many people Cosplaying! My roommate even Cosplayed too! So it was really fun to see her take pictures with others and interact.
Tried to catch an Umbreon, but it said “Fuck You” and fled away.
There were also small events and vendors. I went to visit my friends Steppie and Nao of The Steppie. Their booth was so cute. We attended a few of the small panels they had at the expo, things like Kendo and Super Art Fight.
The adventure was really interesting and fun. I will definitely be doing this again next year, maybe I’ll cosplay too. MAYBE!
Another great month in the lovely state of Sunny California! Just an amazing month all around. I graduated high school and my parents flew into town to visit and attend my graduation. It was definitely an awkward but yet amazing moment. Haven’t had those type of times in a very long time.
Not only did my parents came to visit, but my friends from Atlanta, GA did too, Aisha and April! It was so great to see their faces again! I really missed them and I was able to take them around, eat and see a few things here in CA. It was pretty exciting for them to come visit me.
This month’s cooking has gone less, because I’ve been eating out, which is sad, but I’ve yelping and looking up new places to eat so that’s better. I just really need to bring a camera to places that I eat! For one home cook meal I made was Pho Bo, for my friends, since they were dying to eat my homemade pho.
Photography wise, I took a small break and just had one shoot with the model from M Model Management, and the regular shooting with Eugenie, but I did some request to do shoots for pay, which is super exciting for me! I assisted Sylvia as usual, which is really really fun! We went to the Imperial Sand Dunes for her editorial shoot, it was an amazing experience.
Well June has came to an end, and it was a spectacular month!
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Just another excellent month with this lovely lady! I had yet another great time shooting Eugenie. Seeing her sense of fashion is always a pleasure, and we definitely explored a lot more. We’re choosing new scenes later next month, so I’m super stoked to shoot! I’m learning more as I go, so it’s super awesome doing new things.
Not only that! Our work got featured as their cover on Lookbook.nu’s facebook page!
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There’s many ways to start getting models for your portfolio. Definitely you can ask a friend or someone from your family to model for you, but you want to find someone who is experience, and that can benefit your portfolio.
Retrieving models can probably be easy or hard, it really depends on your work and networking. If you just started photography, definitely work on your ideas, how to shoot, poses, and editing. Also, you might want to start looking for a makeup artist, hairstylist, and maybe a wardrobe stylist. You need to start to build a team. Its best to have a team so you don’t have to worry so much about their hair or make up being done the wrong way. You really want someone who can help you and you can help them out. Like I said before, you want someone who can benefit your portfolio and they’re definitely looking for someone who can benefit their portfolio. Having a good team will make your life as a photographer, much easier and simpler.
Once you have a team and your pictures are getting much better, definitely contact an agency. You might want to start with a small agency first. Find a local agency, or something. Major cities will have plenty of agencies, it really depends on where you’re located. As for California, you definitely see a lot of Commercial Model agencies, while in New York, they’re definitely more Fashion Model agencies. It all really depends where you’re located.
To begin with, have your portfolio ready. I have an online portfolio, so it’s easier for the creative director or whoever to see your portfolio. Then shoot the agency with an email. Have the message saying something on the borderline of:
I’m Randy Tran, a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. I just recently moved here from Atlanta, GA. I was looking through your models and they look great! I was hoping to start a testing relationship with your model management. You can take a look at my work and see if we can work something out!
Hope to hear from you soon!
Something like that could definitely get you somewhere. If they don’t reply by email within a day, just call them and bug them.
Say something such as,
"Hi my name is Randy! I sent an email yesterday regarding to a test relationship with the management. I was wondering if you received my email?"
Usually they’ll either say yes we did and they’ll contact you back if they like your work, but here’s the catch, they might not contact you back because they’re so busy. So call and remind them a lot. You might seem like a bother but hey it gets you the model.
So after that if you’re approved to use their models, you’ll get a package of models from them, usually they’re new faces, which are new models, which is also okay because you’ll be able to create new networking! But once you build a good relationship with your agency, you’ll be able to ask for models, just have to shoot with them for a good amount of time.
BTS | JOSEPH BURTON SHOOT
I had a pleasurable time shooting Joseph Burton of M Model Management couple weeks ago. Being able to work with people I could call friends and just not random people, I was able to explore a new perspective for myself. It was great trying studio for the first time and of course I had to keep my lifestyle work in there too!
Well here’s a video that my friend Claydohboon filmed during our shoot! I think it’s a wonderful yet funny behind the scenes video ever! Definitely check it out!
Also look at the other blog post to see behind the scenes photos!
To check out the set go to this link: