Summer draws to a close as I head back to Flight Fitness for another enormous student pole and aerial photoshoot.
This time on the running order we not only had pole, but also aerial hoop (Lyra), silks, and a special guest star in the form of Lauren's infamous Cube 'O Pain. Seriously that thing is just excruciating no matter how you go about sitting in it or hanging off it!!
Organisation on behalf of the girls at the shoot was excellent; everyone was well prepared and on their side ran brilliantly. One thing that we'd not accounted for, however, was the time that would be gobbled up by equipment changes… Everyone had been grouped up with shoot buddies of similar ability and on the correct equipment but when it comes to Lyra, if you're too tall to fit in the hoop then you're just too tall to fit in the hoop. This means you have to swap it out and, if you're alternating shots due to fatigue, means you're up and down the stepladder on a regular basis.
Compounding this is different moves require either a single or double point mounting hoop! By the time you have different sized hoops with different mounts, as well as performers wishing to wear different outfits for different moves that use different hoops, it all becomes a logistical quagmire!
The solution was to simply eat into the scheduled breaks and lunchtime so that we didn't impact the performers at the shoot, but it was a valuable lesson to learn when scheduling people into shoots in the future. There is absolutely no way I will let someone leave without all of their shots in the bag, even if it means staying on set until midnight.