Hair: The Camera Doesn’t Lie!
A photo is a frozen moment of how each person appears in real life. The photographer takes into consideration the balance (or lack of) in the eyebrows, lips, nose, and chin. The width of face including the ears and neck must also be observed. An important contributing factor to the balance, shape, and appearance of a face is the cut, color, and length of the hair! In a preview consultation, we can see you in person and take a picture so we can strategize about the best hair for you. We do so by taking a picture of what you are presently doing, and hopefully taking a picture of what you would like to try without cutting or permanently coloring your hair. (There are computer programs that will place your hair in a certain color and give you a haircut on top of your picture, but there is nothing like the real thing: you sitting there in the flesh, trying this new idea out for real and taking a shot of it.) For over 35 years this has been our method, and it has helped make so many decisions and prevented bad ones from happening.
Recently we had the process of seeing this “hair story” unfold. We previewed our client Erica with her long hair and decided on a shooting date. The evening before the shoot Erica emailed us a picture of a short haircut she saw in a magazine and considered for herself. We told her to come in for her shoot the next day and we would play. After putting on makeup and studying her face again, we proceeded to pin up her very long hair and add short pieces to her hair to give her the shorter, edgier feeling. We then took some pictures. Consensus: she liked it, and we honestly liked it too, so we proceeded to email over the images to her manager & agency. They liked it too. After all gave thumbs up, we decided to stop the shoot to reschedule after Erica got her hair cut. It was a decision that came after 3 hours of makeup, preparation and consideration, but it was the right decision.
Erica came back with her new haircut and we went through the makeup process again and proceeded with the shoot. We had a great time creating, and Erica was very confident and happy with her new look. The pictures still gave us variety and her manager & agent were very pleased. Erica also donated her hair to Locks of Love, so even a gracious deed came out of the photo session! Preview consultations with Ballerini Cooley Studios—like the one Erica had before her shoot—are no charge prior to your photo session. Previews without a photo session can be purchased with Pay Pal through our studio. Always think out your look before you shoot. Feel secure because you aren’t guessing and this was the look you wanted. Get in touch: this is what we do 24/7! Don’t chance it; see it and let the camera roll. The camera doesn’t lie!