Every morning we come in, greet the kittens, and begin setting up for the day's photo shoot. These activities can vary depending on the shoot, if the client is there we will sometimes set out foods and make coffee for everyone during the day. If not we start out with setting up all the lighting equipment, the table, the camera itself, transmitters, tethering cords, and whatever specific backgrounds, surfaces and props are going with the subject. As the day progresses we help to get props for the photos, arrange lighting equipment and assist when there are any general adjustments that need to be made.
From there the tasks really vary depending on the day. Sometimes we need to help prepare the food for the photographs, other times we have to assist with photo edits. I've had to look up potential prop locations in brooklyn, research creating signature teas - and my favorite - recipe creating for Vanessa's food blog.
I don't realize how much I'm learning until I think back to the first day when I was furiously trying to cram in facts about the lighting setup, what a tethering cord even is, how do you make those beautiful scenes in a tiny Brooklyn apartment? There's so much more too, the general organization of it all, what working with a client is like, how much can go into composition, complementing the color of the props with the food, and the general mood of it all. I'm only 3 months in and these things that were once so foreign now feel familiar.
And with all the kitten patting and delicious food snacking that goes on in between I'm sure I'm going to miss this place for the inevitably busy and hectic job I'll have next.