When working as a stylist on a shoot, I am always going for perfection. Flyaway hairs are no match for me! Necklace off center? Not a chance. But sometimes it's really hard to reach perfection. Spoiler alert: it's actually really hard because it's impossible to achieve.
It's especially challenging while working outside. As the photographer and I work against the elements of lighting and wind, I'm on my toes - ready to jump in at any moment. Hairspray can in one hand, iPad loading in the images in the other.
I was on a shoot just the other day and the wind was being unpredictable - coming in full force at any given moment, then a couple seconds later dying down. My adjustments had to take three seconds or less because we had to get the shots. I breathed a sigh of frustration when the client looked at me meticulously arranging her hair. She smiled and said, "Flaws are fine, don't worry about it."
That's when I realized that sometimes flaws in a photo are a GOOD thing. They show real life, they show authenticity. Hair isn't usually all in perfect straight line. We all naturally have little quirks that they don't show in magazines.
Next time you come in for a headshot session, and you're stressed about things being perfect, breathe a sigh of relief that it doesn't have to be. Perfect isn't "real life."
Do you have a "flaw" about yourself that you've fallen in love with? Comment below or tweet us at @mjbhomeent