I remember this time last year like it was an hour ago.
Everything stopped with a sudden hush. The photographers, stylists and retouchers on my roster contacted me to discuss what this might mean for their business. We greeted each other on zoom with nervous laughter and traded the various COVID memes trending at that moment. There were some funny ones. We discussed the possibility of business stalling for a month or two. We had no way of knowing that the mysterious pandemic would impact our business and our lives for 12+ months.
And so, we waited, and waited.
Soon we came to realize that our industry was shut down—the lights were off, and we were in the dark. To keep anxiety and depression at bay, I encouraged my photographers and stylists to do test shoots at home, lest they sit on the couch and mope. Some people got inspired and did some remarkable things that stretched their artistic muscles. Here are a few!