Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Business Philosophies that have worked.

I plan not to write about business philosophies of important and very recognized over the world people but to, tell you what I have learned from people I have worked with. In these past months, I have met a lot of people who have filled my life with hope and most importantly advices that have been used for both my personal and work life.
Although these people do not make money out of their philosophies and teaching, they sure have success by just applying what they have told me. It is important to let you know that they do not know that I have learned these things from them but I wanted to let them know that I wanted to recognize how their incredible way of thinking works.
It is also important to let you know that the quotes are not something that they actually said but something that I have discovered chatting and reading from them. I have resumed their conversations regarding work into sentences that I think can resume the way they see work.

I'll start with my father, an accountant that is no longer practicing accounting but now re-thinking the way business should be built. He has said to me a lot of stuff, advised me in many ways but I can tell you that he has taught me that if you want to be successful you should "Wake up early. Do what you have to do. Focus. Nevertheless, spend time reading at work. Read about your business and you will learn something new about it". Gabriel Gutierrez Pimentel - GGP -

Then, I'll go with a very good friend of mine. He is very loved by everyone and I have discovered that he is so good with people because he is honest and really, he just is a nice person! He is an incredible flash developer and I think that what the lesson(s) he has brought to my attention are these, "Solve one problem for one person and that person will recommend you. If you get a good recommendation, job will not stop. Care less of what people think. Relax. Everything will turn out to be good. Do not overthink." Jenaro Alberto Diaz Ramos - DJNR-

Next, a photographer I have been working with, I have known him for a long time and I think that I have learned many things from him but, the most significant thing is "Enjoy whatever you are doing. If you don't it sucks. Creativity does not come from pressure, it flows and it won't flow if you push. Numbers are numbers but ideas become great things. Art is not only art because I say so, but because I did it with passion". Diego Huerta González - DH-

From one lawyer to another I have learned from a friend that "You must pay attention to details. If it is for a co-worker, for a friend, for a family member, just pay attention to details. You will always find a mistake on every proofreading until you don't." Hernán González Moneta - HGM -

Certainly I must add a most recent philosophy from a project manager who has not only welcomed me to Austin but, to her business lifestyle...."if you know that person, why don't you just introduce them? Connect people it won't take a lot of your time and you never know what you may get. It's our responsibility as citizens of the world even if you are not helping yourself." Carrie Glassmeyer - CM-

I guess that if you apply all of these different ways of thinking to your work you will get out very good results out of it. As a producer I know that if I wake up early and pay attention to details of the things I do, it will make my work excellent. I also know that if I relax and take some time to think and take my mind off for a while, the answer will come to me. As simple as that.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

What qualities do you need in a photoproducer?

I got this question in my e-mail through a photography group which I am member of at Linkedin. Daniella Hendrix asked it.

I answered: I would say what you really need to have as a photoproducer is to be passionate and organized. You really need to appreciate others work and of course be able to realize that their work is valuable. When you work as a photoproducer you really need to let your clients know that everyone brings something different to the table and that you must pay for it.

Answers may vary but I think what you would really need in a photoproducer is to be someone you can rely to. Someone that can deliver, that can give what you expect and 10% more. A photoproducer is someone who is able to read something that is not on paper, to know what people haven't noticed and to be prepared before they require the unexpected.

And yes, personally counts too. And I think that is a big deal. You need to be someone who is willing to go all the way and to not be guided, you are the guide. You lead. A photoproducer processes.

What do you think?

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Professional Look - Professional Crew

For a very professional look on your final photographs you need to have a crew that responds to that. This is why it is important to have the fees of the crew considered in the final estimate. Although sometimes it may be easier to work without a crew of professionals in wardrobe, make-up and hair, it is always important to consider them.

It depends (I think) on what are you shooting and the final art.


What they bring to the table:
No bad-hair-days.

When do you need a Hair Stylist:
When possible. Hair is that final touch, the cherry on the ice-cream. Hair will make the athlete look clean yet working out. Hair will make the high-fashion model with a new touch but yet, something to aspire to. Hair Stylists know technique, color and even the long of what the hair should be in accordance to the model's face.

Fee for Hair Styling:
It can be around 100 per model. You can negotiate a fee for a day or for the number of models.


What they bring to the table:
Good-looking skin and high-lighted features.

When do you need a Make-Up Artist:
I will recommend you to have it always. Make-Up makes models look sharper, prettier and flawless.
For example, if you are shooting sports, or someone doing sports it is not so necessary to have the make-up artist for the whole day of production and to do a lot of work on the model. Sports photography tends to have a more natural look for make-up and will not require a lot of make-up to be used. But, if you are shooting Fashion, hold on it is a total different story. Make-up will be more expensive and if you are doing more than one shot of the same model, you will need two or three different make-ups.

Fees for Make-Up Artist:
It will vary on how many hours will you work with the MUA. However, fees can be from $250 for 3 hours up to $800 for a whole day.


What they bring to the table:
Good taste and style on clothes.

When do you need a Wardrobe Stylist:
When possible. Wardrobe will get the look on whatever you are shooting. When fashion-forward, sports, lifestyle...etc, Wardrobe styling will get you the way that you should be wearing it. It will make the ideal housewife wear what is appropriate for her age and for what the the brand you are selling.
Wardrobe Styling applies for before and during the photo shoot. Before they will get the clothes together and during, they will make sure that the clothes are not wrinkled and that they fit the model the way it is supposed to.

Fees for Wardrobe Styling:
It usually takes time on pre-production. So, they may charge around $500 dollars before the shoot. And consider that if you want them on the photo shoot when producing, you will be charged for another $500 or more.

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