The most successful Contessa collections share specific key elements:
1. A theme or a defined idea
A theme is an idea that unifies your collection. Themes grow from raw ideas and develop into something more defined. This means that themes can be subtle. And often, subtle themes work best. You don’t want to overdo it and create too many elements and a feeling of confusion.
Keeping it simple doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice creativity. It only means that you need to achieve a sense of balance.
Even with a defined theme, you need to achieve a level of technical consistency. The colours in your photographs need to coordinate, the lighting needs to coordinate, etc.
4. A good team
You need to work along side people with good skill set and who understand you creatively. Since most beauty professionals know other beauty professionals, they usually have no trouble finding hairstylists, makeup artists and nail technicians. However, many need assistance in finding a photographer.
There are many photographers out. You can find a list of recommended Contessa photographers on this website. We recommend you phone a photographer in your area and ask to see his or her work.
Don’t forget that your model is also part of your team. A professional model is desirable for many reason, but not necessary. Overseeing her nail and hand care for a couple of weeks prior to shooting may be a good idea.
5. Technical execution
The Contessa judging panel is made up of top-notch professionals, so it’s important to have excellent technique. Practice, find a mentor and don’t be discouraged if you make a mistake.
6. A sense of style
It is extremely important to give a fashion sense to your photos. Nails are part of an overall look. They help create a total beauty package. And showing that you are fashion conscious and can create desirable looks will go a long way.