Brollies. Wiggle Wiggle.
No matter how much you’ve prepped, you’re never completely ready for that first location shoot. I don’t care how the populars make it appear smooth and effortless because it really isn’t. There’s the issue of changing in the backseat of your car, with non tinted windows and peak hour traffic zooming by. Forget about the gawking when you’re struggling with stubborn zippers and buttons that refuse to co-operate. Privacy is non-existent. Even if your oh so pretty polka dotted Moschino umbrella is opened to supposedly shield you. And never mind the wolf-whistling when you realise all that sweating was for naught because your top is inside out #thestruggleisreal
LOCATION SHOOTS AREN'T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
Nor for the weak of bladder.
Of which I am guilty.
Thus explains that look of concentration on my face in these photos. I’m trying to sashay and strut whilst ignoring the people who were driving past and staring (some waved, some hooted, others made clucking sounds, what gives), and praying to any god within earshot that there’d be no mad dashing to fertilise nearby plants.
Internal plumbing aside, this shoot was
challenging interesting an eye-opener.
I’ve learned a few things from stripping and dressing in the backseat of my car, things you might very well already know, but in case you don’t, I’m going to share them with you now.
(1) If you’re like me and prefer to change lipstick colours with each outfit, I suggest using only matte colours. That guarantees zero streaks across the face on blustery days. Also, I prefer to start with the palest shade as it allows me to layer colours. Why not just remove the lipstick? Well, the problem with that is tri-fold. You’re bound to leave smudges around the lips. There’s no way you can remove it completely unless facial wipes are involved which means you’ll also be removing some of the base make-up (or foundation if that’s your poison). And if it’s a long shoot, I guarantee your lips will be puffy, red and raw after several rounds of vigorous wiping. Hardly appealing.
(2) Separate garments and accessories into one bag per outfit. Don’t be like me, and think it clever to fit everything into a single bag. Even if you’ve stacked them sequentially, all bets are off as you rummage and hunt, in the harried confinements of your backseat. Divide and conquer your shoot.
(3) Bring a clip or tie to get hair out of the way as you change. Batting the hair out of your eyes while simultaneously navigating skinny jeans as you rain drops of sweat is simply not fun. Oh and comfy slippers or flats are a must for in-between shoots. I can’t even begin to tell you how much pain I avoided for feet and knees.
(4) Unless you own a battery-operated handheld steamer, opt for clothes that don’t crease and come with minimal fasteners, zippers and/or buttons. Note to self re the last point. Keep those complicated numbers to when you’re shooting closer to home.
(5) And lastly, rather than spruce make-up as you go along, I prefer blotting tissues to get those oily bits off. The more make-up you pile on, the more caked and fake you look, and we don’t want to be mistaken for Kimmy, now do we? If the shine is really bad, blot first then a light dusting of loose powder ought to do it. I’m not a big fan of mist sprays because they can leave watermarks on the face due to your existing foundation/base.
THAT'S IT, MY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR THOSE WHO DARE
So that’s my story. The adventures of Sheela on her first ever location shoot. And how she lived to tell the tale.
p/s photos by Sofia Touassa
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