Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The 5 Habits of Highly Effective Stylists

1. Be a creative problem solver.
Is there a new way to do it?
Can I borrow or adopt?
Can I give it a new twist?
Do I just need more of the same?
Is there a substitute?
Can the parts be rearranged?
What if I do just the opposite?
Can ideas be combined?

2. Share knowledge, techniques, "secrets".

Knowledge is a fluid, intangible asset tht can be transferred easily and its value increases when shared.

3. Be a team player.
A successful shoot depends on a team effort.

4. Know your resources.
"You don't have to know everything - you just have to know who knows." Mary Alice Williams


5. Have patience, patience, patience.

Remain confident and flexible.
Be ready to calmly state the reality of what's possible and what's not.

Courtesy of Lisa Golden Schroeder, Foodesigns.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dear Blog

Dear Blog, I am sorry I've been neglecting you! I didn't mean to, I love to post. Life just got in the way, really. I worked two weeks at the Old Globe, on a musical called "Sammy" that is going to be fabulous. (I'll write about Sammy later, seeing it next week.) What a September!

I also joined Beth Reiner's new class Prop Styling 101. Yes, I'm an online student at Photo Styling Worskhops! I love it; I'm learning so much - I want to be a prop stylist!

Continuing with my Mesa College class. We went to visit Nick Nacca's studio last Thursday. All these will be posts next week, I hope.

And... this weekend is our Food Styling & Photography Workshop in San Diego. I think we're ready! But there are 30 people coming in from throughout the US and Canada, Ireland and Costa Rica. How exciting. I want everything to be amazing and I think it will be. Will let you know! S

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back to School

Last spring, I took a college class. After teaching my Fashion Photo Styling class for two years, I wanted to know what it feels like on the other side of the desk. I signed up for Ethnic Costume, taught by my colleague, Susan Lazear at San Diego Mesa College. It was perfect – one night a week and lasting only five weeks. Enough for a taste of being a student without too much commitment.

Here are some lessons I learned:
1. Allow plenty of time to get to class the first day. It may take longer that day and you have to get your timing right. Even though I am always on campus at least an hour before my own class, I arrived 15 minutes late to the first session!
2. It’s fun when you get to choose your project from several formats. I selected to write an essay while others in my class created mini-costumes on dolls or chose an ethnic element to convert into a new fashion style.
3. Students who need to show they know more than the teacher are irritating to both the teacher and to other students.
4. It’s nice to be able to wear jeans to class.
5. I am still a perfectionist, a trait that used to slow down my work in elementary school.
6. Learning about something new is always exciting.


I wrote my final essay on Ethnic Costumes of Indonesia. This class conveniently fell just before my trip to Bali. The research taught me the geologic, political, and cultural history of the islands. And when I saw people actually wearing sarongs and kebayas in their everyday lives it was such a thrill! (Read the essay here.)