Last month I was commissioned by Gloss Hair Salon in Knaresborough for my first commercial hair salon photography shoot and today I was on site to create the images for a hair colouring contest that three of the stylists are entering. Salon owner, Emma, found me on the internet after searching for a new photographer to help out and decided that, although I had no previous hair salon experience, she’d trust my age and experience to get the shots – I’m old and I’m experienced so I met the brief fully :¬\
Although I haven’t previously specifically shot hair images, I have masses of headshots under my belt and I knew that it would be very similar and just to make sure there was a good specular highlight on the hair to focus the viewer to that part of the image. Using a single large softbox as key and a 20 degree grid as a kicker in combination with a reflector, I shot against a neutral grey to give the images impact. The grey worked well on all the hair styles but particularly the copper tones of Vickie’s hair. The idea was to photograph three models each with two different looks and to emphasise the colouring that had been applied to the hair. Ultimately, the girls can only enter one shot in the competition and I’ve no idea how they will choose the shot from all the ones we got. I had a great time on the shoot and I pleased with the images and even if the girls don’t win, I think they did a fabulous job and you won’t go far wrong getting your latest cut at Gloss.
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