Sorry, my blogging hasn’t been as regular, but things have been a bit on the busy side. With what you ask? Well, I have recently joined the Gerardy Team of Photographers. If you are curious, they are the people that go from school to school with a team of photographers and sell you, you’re childs portraits. I was now a San Diego Portrait Photographer in training.
The training at Gerardy is intense, about three weeks long and here are a few things we covered:
Week 1 – This week covered what it meant to be a crew chief lead. We learned everything about the business and how to run your own crew on the road. You are equipped with a vehicle, camera equipment, and a tablet. What I learned from this, was that I had no idea, how much planning and work went into scheduling a school shoot, as well as the number of people that were involved with the process. By the way, there were tests involved.
Week 2- The encompassed photography training. We learned everything from capturing the ideal portrait to putting up a set a set in 15 minutes or less. The we focused on fine tuning our skills on capturing these perfect pictures in less than 60 seconds, along with posing and sometimes grooming a student. I would have to say that I was really impress with Gerardy and the thought put behind every process. From measuring the exact length used for lighting to utilizing NETGEAR, as their backup devices.
Week 3 – Putting everything together. Once, ones photography skills are honed, the real test began. Students, of all ages were brought in, to be photographed, like a real school day. This included putting the set together, in the required 15 minutes, along with the camera and laptop, connecting the NETGEAR, and setting up the ID printers. What this did, was give us the photographer, a brief glance of what we can expect in the real world and the ability to work out any kinks now, instead of onsite.
All in all, it’s no walk in the park. There is a lot of work involved, as well as behind the scenes steps, that you have no idea. The people are Gerardy value their people and take the time to train them, for any situation that may arise. Taking school portraits is a lot of work and requires a well running team to execute it.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.