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Wardrobe Stylist
Style By Geraldine
Posts: 78
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Well other stylists what do you think?? But I'm not sure how effective having a portable steamer around would be. I just hate it when clothes crease and I know its a bitch for the photographer to have to 'iron' them on photoshop.
Apr 19 13 08:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
BodyPainter Rich
Posts: 17,847
San Francisco, California, US


I would assume that an iron, a steamer, a set of bobby pins, duct tape (in a few colors), clips, clamps, rubber bands, and a basic sewing kit would be necessary for a stylist.
Apr 19 13 10:36 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,728
Santa Ana, California, US


I can't imagine that you wouldn't.
I have a couple in the studio - but not every studio/location is going to provide that.
Apr 19 13 10:45 pm  Link  Quote 
Wardrobe Stylist
Style By Geraldine
Posts: 78
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


John Allan wrote:
I can't imagine that you wouldn't.
I have a couple in the studio - but not every studio/location is going to provide that.

Ummm I meant the portable kind not the ones that requires an electrical plug. I just don't know how effective are those compared to the regular ones. smile

Apr 20 13 02:48 am  Link  Quote 
Wardrobe Stylist
Style By Geraldine
Posts: 78
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


BodyPainter Rich wrote:
I would assume that an iron, a steamer, a set of bobby pins, duct tape (in a few colors), clips, clamps, rubber bands, and a basic sewing kit would be necessary for a stylist.

Yeah I got all those I meant a PORTABLE ONE. smile You know those that doesn't require a power point. Just not very sure how effective are they

Apr 20 13 02:48 am  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
BodyPainter Rich
Posts: 17,847
San Francisco, California, US


Style By Geraldine wrote:

Yeah I got all those I meant a PORTABLE ONE. smile You know those that doesn't require a power point. Just not very sure how effective are they

Ahhh, it's hard to tell here how many people have experience with location work and how many don't. Sorry to "misunderestimate" you! wink

I didn't even know they had "portable" steamers... shows you what I know. I would say though, just as I have CO2 tanks for locations without electricity, you should probably have a portable steamer, or perhaps a portable generator. The ability to deal with challenging situations and still be ready to go is what truly separates the pros from the amateurs after all!

smile

Apr 20 13 08:49 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,113
Tampa, Florida, US


The first thing I would do when I would get off the plane and arrive at the hotel is pull my suits out of the garment bag and use a portable steamer on them. I'll try to remember the brand because I had a few that worked well and a couple that couldn't have blown a speck of dust off a coffee table.

I guess that's true with any product...some work great, some don't. But assuming it's a quality one, I'd say absolutely.

Edit: Mine was a handheld one made by Jiffy and was just under $200. But Shark has a few that are under $100 that work well too. I never recommend Conair, but that's a personal thing because every Conair product I've ever had broke.

Found the one I had.
http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/Jiffy … 4AodgVoA7A
Apr 20 13 09:02 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
AJScalzitti
Posts: 12,191
Atlanta, Georgia, US


I found the portables are underpowered and have a large upright one in my studio.  I love the idea but unless Porter Cable or Dewalt make one tongue they are weak.
Apr 20 13 09:21 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fotografica Gregor
Posts: 4,065
Alexandria, Virginia, US


I use one -  got it at Bed Bath and Beyond for thirty bucks in federal reserve notes... would not want to be without it -    I use it to touch up backgrounds and also couture,  as well as to keep my own clothes looking like less of a mess whilst traveling....
Apr 20 13 09:26 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Laura UnBound
Posts: 26,984
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


You could also go the route of the kind that plug in and a car cigarette lighter converter.
Apr 20 13 10:05 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TMA Photo and Retouch
Posts: 702
New York, New York, US


Ive very rarely had someone show up with a steamer...but boy I would have been impressed if one did.  You are so correct...the creases in styled clothes are so very important to the finished look...just like a styling iron is necessary to a hair stylist.

If you are a clothing designer...I would show up with my clothes and my steamer both...since im interested in my part of the shoot to look great for me, and for the photographer, and the client too.  I would expect that a caring, concerned, professional clothing stylist would be very picky about the wrong creases being heavily visible in their part of the production.  I would also expect you to show up with pins and clips and a hem kit to make sure your sized clothes fit the llama in studio.  Two to three inches difference can make a difference. 

Im not sure a regular photographer might have these things often...but you...the clothing designer...I would expect you to have these things to make your own clothes look great.  Its the investment a professional stylist makes to enhance their craft...just like a photographer has extra lenses and flashes to look good...and a professional MUA has a kit filled with pallets and brushes and disposables to make things look just perfect.
Apr 20 13 11:08 am  Link  Quote 
Wardrobe Stylist
Style By Geraldine
Posts: 78
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


M Pandolfo Photography wrote:
The first thing I would do when I would get off the plane and arrive at the hotel is pull my suits out of the garment bag and use a portable steamer on them. I'll try to remember the brand because I had a few that worked well and a couple that couldn't have blown a speck of dust off a coffee table.

I guess that's true with any product...some work great, some don't. But assuming it's a quality one, I'd say absolutely.

Edit: Mine was a handheld one made by Jiffy and was just under $200. But Shark has a few that are under $100 that work well too. I never recommend Conair, but that's a personal thing because every Conair product I've ever had broke.

Found the one I had.
http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/Jiffy … 4AodgVoA7A

Omg thanks soooo soo much for this link! It's bloody hard to find a portable steamer in Singapore cos well they are kinda rare here. I've only used the power plugged in ones.

Apr 23 13 08:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
GingerMuse
Posts: 369
STUDIO CITY, California, US


yes!

you can try Bed Bath & Beyond and other stores like that one that has a great return policy. Try out a brand or two and if they don't work the way you want it to, just return it! smile
Apr 23 13 08:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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