9 Tips for Putting Together a Men's Hair Collection

Published 11th Jun 2024 by Charlotte Grant-West

International Creative Director of Hob Salons and Hob Academy, Akin Konizi, has put together some fail safe tips for creating and shooting a men's hair photoshoot – if you're looking to feature as Modern Barber's Collection of the Month, these tips are perfect for you.

Akin’s Tips for Shooting a Men's Hair Collection

  1. Plan your moodboard before you start your collection This will give you your feel, your theme and your story.
  2. Prepare like crazy You can’t over prepare for a shoot! There will always be something unexpected that happens, but the more you are prepared the less stressful it will be!

  3. Be true to yourself If you are shooting for an event such as the Modern Barber Awards or British Hairdressing Awards, don’t shoot for the judges. Create a collection that showcases your skills and your passion. Judges will be looking at skill rather than choosing something they personally like.

  4. Think ahead What are you going to use the images for? A photo shoot is costly, so decide what you will be using your images for after the competition. You want to use them for press, marketing, your window displays – so bear in mind who your audience is. While you want to show your skills as a barber, you also need them to be commercial and wearable.

  5. Use the experts around you The team you have chosen to work with are all experts in what they do, so listen to their opinions on lighting, or make-up. Concentrate on the hair and let them worry about what they’re there to do; don’t get distracted by other elements on the day. Of course, give your feedback and opinion, but let them do their thing first.

  6. Try to breathe If you are stressed, it will show in your photos. You won’t create the amazing work you are capable of and you will be disappointed by the results. There are plenty of people on a shoot so make sure everyone has a job and everyone there contributes in some way.

  7. Find your own style You can be inspired by someone else’s work, but don’t copy it. You can take a texture, shape or colour as inspiration, but build on it to make it your own.

  8. Have a production meeting Gather your team for a meeting in the morning to make sure everyone knows what is expected. Go through the moodboards with the models, photographer, make-up artist and all the hairdressers and assistants.

  9. Keep the day positive It’s easy to fall into a negative hole if something isn’t working, but stand back and start again, look at if from a different angle, or move on.

If you're still wondering whether you could shoot a barbering collection, why not check out the benefits here?

Charlotte Grant-West

Charlotte Grant-West

Published 11th Jun 2024

Charlotte oversees the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. With over a decade of experience as a journalist, Charlotte was formerly Editor of Modern Barber and HJ Men, Social Editor at Netmums and Features Writer at Boots Health & Beauty magazine. She loves any products that make her hair bigger and more voluminous, and loves a behind-the-scenes peek at anything hair-related – whether it's a factory tour, BTS on a shoot or backstage at fashion week.

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