Welcome To My World Part One is taking you into my dressing room and giving a private tour into my photoshoots. There is no denial I'm a workaholic. As a boyfriend, friend, entrepreneur, author, singer, lifestyle blogger and columnist I can struggle with the art of balance. There are moments I feel I don't have enough time nor energy to devote myself to all my passions and responsibilities. My world is 24/7 craziness, but somehow I make sure it works. In this new blog post series for my Lifestyle blog I'm giving an exclusive behind the scenes look at what exactly I do and the philosophy of my many visions.
Once the silver lights begin to surround me I own every aspect of who I am. I let go of all my insecurities and work the angles of each camera. I become a work of art-Paul Travis
Running a brand isn't as glamours as it may seem, but it's so worth it. Knowing each project I do will change a life, inspire or help others is rewarding. It's the main reason why I put my heart and soul into everything.
My clock is all over the place and it depends on what is going on that day. I like to have my monthly schedule a week before the month starts and my schedule for the day the night before. I'm way OCD when it comes to being on time because one slip can screw up everything. Usually on a day I have a shoot they start anywhere between 2 am and 5 am-sometimes it can be a full 24 hours before I get any sleep because I always have more to do after it's finished, but I will share in a different post on how I tie everything together.
2:30 am: The car comes and I head off to the studio.
3:00 am: I arrive and enter into the dressing room. Outfit choices, hair and makeup takes a great deal of time. The preparation to feel confident in front of the camera requires a great mindset-especially for the perfect shots. Gaining the mindset also takes time on my end. Keeping my focus is vital to the success of any shoot.
4:30 am: Once all is settled the poses and the flashing lights begin. Sometimes I feel I can fall asleep because it gets repetitive-that's my A.D.D talking. (LOL) No but seriously if I didn't have someone talking to me I would pass out. For laughs the photographer I'm collaborating with will sometimes take shots of me falling asleep. I make them all laugh on set.
7:30 am: After hours of capturing photos it is time to pick out the best of the collection and give them my okay for the edits to begin.
9:30 am: Roughly this is the time it all ends. Unless we have more shots to capture. I usually get to see the edits a week later and they get sent via email.
My Philosophy Of Photoshoots:
Once the silver lights begin to surround me I own every aspect of who I am. I let go of all my insecurities and work the angles of each camera. I become a work of art. Those hours are all about me and as scary as it may seem I face the fear with fierceness. I want my fans to see a different side of me in my photos. Someone who sparks that needed confidence they need or motivation required to give them the best life possible. When I'm the best version of myself the project will turn out exactly the way it's meant to be.
In the next post of Welcome To My World I will be giving you an exclusive look into how my music is made and my philosophy on it.
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2/27/2017 11:57:33 am
Your such a ⭐️ star I love hearing about what really goes on at a professional photo shoot studio! Have any advice for a 26 year old girl looking to become a signer/model/acress but can't break through the way u did recently?
2/27/2017 11:19:29 pm
Hello Karen! Thank you so much for taking the time to read part one of the exclusive behind the scenes. I have a ton of advice to offer. In today's world digital outlets have provided many talented people such as yourself with a variety of ways to get exposure. Internet stardom is rising by the days. You can upload videos to youtube of you singing and share it on all your social media pages. Send headshots to modeling agencies and for acting I can't really give much as I'm not really into that field of work. Look into agencies as well. A lot of people need to be represented in order to get leads for the their next project. I am still trying myself to find a great agency for parts of my career. It took me a long time to get into a real studio. I suggest take a trip from Maryland and go to the big city. Start looking at places and see if you can afford a place out there. Take time to do a lot of research. Be persistent and don't allow rejection to make you feel less than anything but beautiful. I believe in you and I know if you keep up the hard work at achieving your dreams something will come.
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