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Matthew Jordan Smith

FAST CLASS: Beauty + Fashion

Matthew Jordan Smith

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6. Pre-Production

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What's preproduction. Preproduction is the most important part of the shoot. Preproduction is thinking about everything you need before the shoot. Everything is walking through the chute in your head. Make sure you have all the variables. Have all the lights, the right stand, the right sandbag for the stand. Make sure you have Diet Coke on set for the models or any names for me. Make sure you have all the right gear, so I go through everything in my head before a shoot. I go through my assistance. I make sure that we've ordered everything that we haven't forgot to put Accord for the for the, uh, were these things called again? Pocket wizards. Make sure we have everything. Batteries, that there's a charged, all the small stuff. We go through everything. I have a list for P production. It's also having a coal sheet. A call sheet list. Everybody who's gonna be on the shoot with their email and contact number. Usually now is a sale number. It's very important to have that call sheet availa...

ble because on the day of the shoot, if somebody's running late like the model, which is known as the model for the hair and makeup I can call the agency. Say OK, where is she? She's Tim. It's late. Well, the making Mars. Where are they? It also has directions. Anything about the job is on the call sheet the time we're starting, so everybody gets the call sheet before the job, waiting for my personal work, I sent out a call sheet for every bike. So I'm like, Oh, I thought the time was 9. 30 I thought was 90. It was 8 30. The call. She gives you clarity there, so I know what time it starts. Who's doing hair? Whose one makeup honey looks were doing all the call she does is give you a list of everybody with a start time, so there's no confusion. You might change. I say. OK, we'll start at 10 then say, Oh, no, What's right? Nine. The call. She spells it out. It's extreme important to have it. So I have an example. I think about the call sheet that we could give away to people. Is that online? Um, if not, we'll try to put one online, but I think it it is so The caution is very important and is part of pre production going through everything to make sure you are sit to make magic. Because on the day of the shoot, I want to create I don't think about Oh, I've got to do this. I forgot that. I've got the cord. I forgot ahead. Extension cable. I think about everything and working as an assistant teaches you had a plan and how to do preproduction before the job because on the job you can't. Oh, man, I gotta go back and get this from the camera store. If you're in Jamaica shooting with some island shooting or in India shooting, you can't run to the camera store. You think about it before you get there. It's planning ahead and being prepared for anything can happen and go wrong because things go wrong. Always. You can't plan for everything, but you can think about it and try to and be prepared. Especially you're going on location in studio. You have things around its close, easy get stuff on location, not the place to run. You've got to go out. Make sure you have everything that you need to produce the shoot and make it happen

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Join Matthew Jordan Smith as he delves into fashion and beauty photography. Matthew starts off with an in-depth discussion on the differences in fashion and beauty as he teaches us how to prepare for a series of live photoshoots with a focus on capturing beautiful photography and telling a story with your images.


Matthew Jordan Smith is a world-renowned professional photographer specializing in celebrity, beauty, and portraiture. His iconic approach is simple: Take the time to personally connect with every subject, make them feel brilliant and beautiful, and the photos infinitely sparkle. It's why his loyal clients of 20+ years keep asking for the Matthew Jordan Smith Experience. It's magic captured in every assignment. Matthew's A-list celebrity clientele light up the red carpet and his camera: Oprah, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Jamie Foxx, and other stars shine brighter with MJS. Make-up leaders Pantene, L'Oreal, Revlon, and Olay regularly call on Matthew to showcase their latest products and models. In addition to his exceptional eye behind the lens, Matthew's outgoing persona and expert insight make him a highly sought after interview for national magazines and television. In Style, Zoom, The Tyra Banks Show, America's Next Top Model, and E! Entertainment TV has all talked with MJS.