I was browsing around online this morning and came across these photos….. They looked vaguely familiar, and then it dawned on me… I shot these! I completely forgot about this shoot. It was a couple years ago at my old studio in downtown Los Angeles with Chelsea Staub, one of the Disney Channel’s music, TV and movie stars. We shot for Sophisticate’s Hairstyle Guide magazine.
One interesting thing I remember about this shoot was that the client couldn’t actually come to the shoot, so we set up a computer with a webcam pointed at the set so she could watch the shoot from her office in Chicago. We gave it an angle so she could see both Chelsea on set, and the computer monitor so she could see the images as we captured them. We even had microphone and speakers so we could easily communicate with her as we shot. It actually worked really well, it was like having the client sit on set with me like any other photo shoot.
Could this be a trend in the future, clients managing photo shoots remotely from webcam? They can even use a remote controlled webcam robot like this to roam around the studio and peek in on the styling, and make sure hair and make-up is moving along smoothly, even chat up the crew by the catering table. Or imagine an advertising job with a whole group of clients attending remotely…. you could have a half dozen of these little robots running around the studio! Okay, that might get a little annoying. But on the bright side, if the client’s robot get’s in the way you can always just pull the batteries out!