Steve Elias is no stranger to working on editorial photoshoots. Named
Editorial Stylist of the Year in 2010 by the North American Hairstyling
Awards, Elias has a passion for creating beautiful looks that come
alive on the pages of a magazine.
For his âJoy of Springâ photo shoot, Elias was inspired by the
soft textures and strong shapes that have dominated fashion shows in 2011.
âI wanted to follow the runway trends and create versatile looks that
reflect them,â he says.
When he began to narrow his vision into a collection, shape was the
name of the game. âThe hard and soft textures combining into one shape
was my inspirationâIâm all about the yin and yang.â
Choosing the perfect team to help make his vision come to life was a
no-brainer. âBilly Winters (photographer) and I have been working together
forever,â says Elias. âI trust his amazing fashion aesthetic. Jonathanâ
my make-up artistâhas an amazing eye for details and, in a make-up
artist, that is important!â
But it is Elias himself who leads the way to success in his shoots. He is
a firm believer in precise planning to achieve the best possible resultsâ
âthose who fail to plan, plan to fail,â he says.
And after many successful shoots, Elias has a firm grasp on the key to
getting it right.
âTrust in your creative vision, but always be open to accepting suggestions
from your team,â he says. âYou are all artists, and someone might
see something you donât.â
For those whoâve never done an editorial shoot or are looking to improve
their skills, Elias offers this advice: âStart off small and find people
who are in the same place you are and are willing to collaborateâyouâll
mutually benefit one another in the creative process. Build your book
slowly, and you will be surprised how much you learn about hair and
about yourself in the process!â
Steve Elias winning his NAHA for Editorial
Stylist of the Year at last yearâs North
American Hairstyling Awards.
Elias always has a good timeâno matter
whose hair heâs doing!