What did Aura do this weekend?
November 11, 2008
Instead of my usual Sunday activity of family brunch, laundry and a nap, I spent 12 hours in Seattle at a photo studio next to the Seattle PI building.
Why would I do this, you ask? For a friend. I know. You didn’t think I had friends, but I have a few. (Criteria for being my friend: you must be able and willing to pretend my house is clean when you come over, and leave before I fall asleep.)
You may remember that last year I helped this same friend at his photo shoot. He does this to enter a competition among hairdressers. I am not interested in competing, but I don’t mind helping out.
I attend these events in a “jack-of-all-trades” capacity. I might be doing hair, I might be holding lace for a makeup artist (this makeup was airbrushed) or I might be standing on set making sure that the model’s hair looks perfect even if the photographer has her jumping in the air. It is almost non-stop for the entire day (for everyone except the models who do a lot of waiting.)
One thing that makes me nuts is when a client comes in with a magazine photo and says “Why can’t my hair look like this?” Well, you see, that model has a bunch of additional hair added, she might have a piece of mesh on the back of her head pushing all the hair forward, and there is someone standing just out of the frame making a thousand little adjustments between flashes.
These are the tools I have with me while on the set. If a hair sticks up, I try to smooth it down, but if it won’t go, I snip it. In my back pocket is a wide toothed tail comb and a can of hairspray. The process is anything but glamorous!