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First Shoot With New Mentor-Success! Posted on 2016-12-18 by Emily Allred

Monday, December 12th at 1 p.m. was my first meeting/shoot with my new mentor, Matt Waliszek. It was a fascinating, thrilling, exhilarating sort of experience because it was a new environment where cameras and people worked together to get things done. Those are my favorite sort of environments, and stepping into a new one is something special because you don't always know what you are going to expect...For this particular shoot Matt was working with the American Heart Association to help promote their Go Red Event. They filmed a shot of a representative of the Heart Association explaining the event and took a few head shots of other members. It was glorious. Matt allowed me to touch his lighting equipment even though I had no idea what I was doing...It was cool to see what he was trying to accomplish by changing how high and how low the lighting was. Each minor change affected the overall turnout of the photos he took. For some of the photos shot he desired to draw light towards the face. For others he wanted to cast shadows across the face. It was also interesting to see how he interacted with the clients. His charisma and easygoing nature was inspiring...He told me that one of the more important features of a future director is being someone people want to work with. He also explained to me that what I really wanted to do in order to make myself more appealing was to become really good at one thing-to focus in and perfect one skill set rather than be sort of okay at a bunch of different things. Overall, I found the shoot to be a success. I also made friends with the clients! I look to forward to working on future projects with Matt. 

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