It wasn't until a year into photographing that I realized too many details could really detract from the photo. OR -- how beautiful simplicity can be in a beauty shoot. Sometimes we're lucky and the cluttered space is actually beautiful.
Let's take for example this particular commercial shoot I did for Leidan Mitchell...
And even with the space being so beautiful, I focused on tighter shots that would tell the story, cleanly.
Focus on very, close up details rich with color to tell your story if the space itself isn't pretty.
FIND A CURTAIN. Or a sheet.
I saw these sheer curtains in their salon and immediately moved the model and stylist over there. I had the stylist hold the curtains around her so that it would create a "room" around our model. I wanted to take shots of her putting her dress and jewelry on so she was literally facing the curtain as I took a few shots like this:
Isn't it incredible what a little change of scenery can do to set a mood? This time it was a curtain, but next time -- I might need to put them in front of a doorframe. Study your space and use it well.
A little peek at the curtain action...
I also took some of her with the salon in the background since the space had beautiful coloring.
Difference in tones:
One of my favorite things that Jose Villa said in his workshop was "one for thee, one for me." Basically, when you are in a situation that requires specific shots for a client, get one for them, but then get one for you as an artist. And this one, was definitely for me ;)