I watched a tutorial on learnsquared.com called Artistic Portrait Photography by Jingna Zhang over the summer. She teaches her methods of prepping, shooting, and post producing her photoshoots. It was truly an inspiring lesson and well worth the money if you're at all interested in photography. My family vacation was at a lake house in VA this year, so I decided to fill my suitcase with costumes, props, and camera equipment. I was really interested in trying my hand with colored smoke bombs (regardless of the fact it may be a dying visual trend.) I couldn't take them on the plane, so I had them shipped to the lake house, where they were waiting for me in the mailbox the morning I arrived. I have a huge family, so my production crew was set, with my sister & niece modeling, and my nieces & nephews as PA's.
A lesson I'm learning more & more in my career as a creative is just how many people it takes to make something great. I think most of my career I've had unrealistic expectations of how good I had to be on my own, without anyone else's help. I was, and sometimes still am, afraid that asking for help or being dependent shows weakness, and should be avoided at all cost. Contrarily, asking for help [if and when it's necessary] shows the strength of how much you care about the final product. I still pride my independence, in life and career, but there is a happy grey area between stubbornness and neediness I continue to strive for. This picture wouldn't have existed without my sister/niece, and it wouldn't have been nearly as good if I didn't have help from my nieces and nephews, who are all under the age of 13 and have no professional experience. But that didn't matter! Much like life, it often takes the helping hands and encouragement of others, to create something noteworthy.
Plus, it's more fun that way.