I had the distinct pleasure of spending two very long and very fun days with the amazingly talented husband and wife duo behind Tin Can Photography. Erin and Brian had photographed a wedding I was in and they seemed to be the type of people I could work with. So I contacted them when I needed head shots and product shots for my new website. Wait, there’s a new website? No, not yet. It will be forthcoming, probably in the early spring of 2014. And you will be there very first ones to hear about it.
Anyways, let me gush about how wonderful my experience was with these two. I had met with Erin over a month ago and we discussed what I needed and how we could achieve it. We scheduled a 1-2 day shoot at the beginning of December. We started with headshots. I got all dolled up which for me meant wearing makeup and curling my hair. When you see the final shots, don’t be fooled, I don’t ever wear high heels to work.
I have never had a photo shoot of myself before. I had no idea what to do. I had no idea how to make myself look good in a picture on purpose. I usually just smile and hope for the best. And sometimes it works out but more often I don’t look as good as I should. Erin was there to walk me through every pose, tell me where to put my hand, to lean in, to keep my arms away from my body. She’s knows what she’s doing ya’ll. Modeling itself isn’t very comfortable but Erin put me at ease and made me laugh. She was able to take the pressure off and assure me that even though it felt strange, it would look good. I understand why her brides love her and continue to book her for family photo shoots after the wedding.
After all of that fun, we had a day and a half of product photography to get through. And although I felt more relaxed once the camera was off of me, it was a bit grueling. We lowered my desk to use as a back drop which meant that we had to crouch down to place the stationery each time. I knew that I needed everything to be super straight since I’m a little bit of a perfectionist and Erin and Brian devised a string method that ensured absolute straightness every time. They were tireless in their pursuit of the best lighting, getting the stationery straight and making sure that I got exactly what I wanted.
When we would come up against a problem that we needed to figure out, they never once suggested the easiest way. They consistently worked towards getting me the pictures I needed and nothing else was good enough for them.
We finished up the lion share of the product photography at 4:30 on the second day and I was wiped. I know they were too. But we still had to get individual shots of my laser cuts and had no idea how we were going to do it. Again, Erin and Brian devised a genius plan to achieve the look I wanted. They even laid on the floor for another couple of hours to get the shots.
Overall, they were a complete joy to be around for 2 days and are beyond committed to their craft. I had no idea that photography was so hard and tedious. I really feel like I got such a bargain with these two. I cannot recommend them enough.
If you are getting married, need head shots, just had a baby, or just want some family pictures, do yourself a favor and hire Tin Can Photography.
P.S. Ozzy, our tiny white dog, was quite the visual assistant and actually curled up on Brian’s back at the end of the day when he was lying on the floor taking pictures.