Congratulations to Rhianna Reddekopp, owner of Terra Casa in Langley, British Columbia, for winning first place in our “So You Think You Can Style?” Reds photo contest!
Reddekopp’s winning style has a darker, punky feeling that she captured in the last snap during one of her first photo shoots. She created the colour the day before the shoot, cutting the hair for lighter top layers and creating dimension in the colour with darker bottom layers. It was a colour look she hadn’t done before but she trusted her instincts, something she believes was her main challenge during this shoot.
“The same thing for when I restyled it,” Reddekopp says. “I originally had this more formal-looking hairstyle, a classic bob shape, and then at the end I ruffled the top up and put product in it. When you look at something and you know it’s not quite right, you just have to trust that instinct and that you know how to make it better.”
Reddekopp adds that collaboration with young hairstylists on set is also key to her creativity: “Anytime I do a photoshoot, I try to get somebody younger on board. Obviously, they are just assisting in a lot of ways but I them to also buy into the shoot, to feel a sense of ownership and that their ideas actually matter. For me in this shoot, working with a younger stylist actually pushed me to try things that I wouldn’t have normally tried.”
As owner of a barberhsop-style salon, where no one is cut out of the conversation, Reddekopp also regularly gives her younger stylists the opportunity to contribute ideas for a photo shoot and to bounce ideas off of each other while talking to clients. While younger stylists may often feel like they have less to contribute when working at a higher calaber, Reddekopp takes the opposite view and finds collaboration with stylists of all levels makes for the best results.
“I think that sometimes younger stylists feel like they can’t contribute and the reality is that even I feel the same way when working with senior stylists. As we go up in our careers, we often feel like we have less to contribute to a higher level. I’ve been lucky to work on teams that actually value my opinion in spite of me feeling like they might not and they trust my instincts. I think it’s in those situations that everyone is better for it. I’ve often been inspried by my younger stylusts in my salon to push myself,” Reddekopp says.
The bottom line: Take the opportunity to work with a team and collaborate on a photo shoot or project whenever possible at whatever level. You may be surprised at what you can achieve and create through collaboration.
Congratulations also go out to our second-place finalist, Melissa Purcell, and our third-place finalist Judy MacDonald.
Congratulations to all the winners!
First Place: Hair: Rhianna Reddekopp; Makeup: Andrea Salazar; Photo: Darian Wong; Wardrobe stylist: Bianca Guthrie
Second Place: Hair: Melissa Purcell; Makeup: Angelica Posinelli; Photo: Darian Wong
Third Place: Hair: Judy MacDonald; Makeup: Heather; Photo: Karis Drake