Growing up quite poor, life was a never ending search for a way to do it yourself or do without. The next step was where it could be acquired as cheaply as possible. I also was the receiver of hand me down clothes. Some were much nicer than we could ever afford so I was delighted, but the day my mum showed me the used underwear I totally flipped.
|On of my favourite images of Shannon.|
When my mother died in 2007, I was desperate. The memorial service at the Los Angeles university where she worked promised to be a daunting crowd all focused on the family. I finally bit the bullet and put my worries in the hands of a stylist - Shannon Belsito at Jacqueline Conoir. Her job was to help me find just one outfit that I felt good in. My stress level was high which made her job difficult and as we hadn't worked together before she was just learning my likes and dislikes, but it all came together. The final look was timeless, versatile and over the years I have received many compliments on it. Since then we have continued to put our heads together each season to build a lasting wardrobe that coordinates. It's coming along nicely. I learned a valuable lesson that day. We all need professionals we trust to help us. No one can be an expert in everything.So remember, if you feel I look well put together at at an event, it was because I took the step of asking for help and learning from someone with a lot more experience.
|Master stylist Salim on right - posing with clients at the|
Hennessey Salon annual Hair "Do" Fundraiser
Photographers are next on the list. Everyone gains experience by doing, so we do need to support rising talent. BUT - when it's really important, experience and a vision that matches your own is not to be negotiated. The cheapest price will not give you what you need. The images you put out there - whether product photos, editorial images or head shots - will be available through Social Media forever. It is your calling card to future clients. If you can't come up with the resources to do it right - don't do it as all as the impact could well be negative. For me - I was delighted to work with Eydis Einarsdottir on my head shot. While she spent time making sure I was happy with the outcome - I know she nailed the perfect image probably in the first 10 minutes. I also chose this photographer because she takes a light-handed approach to adjustments in processing which means in the end - the image really look like the person you are now, but is still flattering. This is only one small area of her expertise. For more you can check out her portfolio at THEY Representation.
|I was going to use an image of Einarsdottir working on set,|
but feel this image shot on a trip home to Iceland better
captures her wonderful spirit.
|Sue is the stylish lady 2nd from right.|