Thursday, February 23, 2012 | 8 am – 7 pm
Model: Yoanna House
I have officially dubbed this shoot – for the sake of this blog – the BIG shoot. When you put together an epic airport hanger full of vintage places, an ANTM winner, and a full team of people to make it all happen, you get the BIG shoot. I was lucky to be able to get out of my classes for the afternoon to go assist Kristia for this shoot. Also assisting was Vincent Pierce, who had been a part of the wedding shoot a few weeks prior. The original idea was that after he assisted Kristia’s shoot, we would then go assist his shoot. However, due to how long the first shoot actually went, that never happened and I didn’t get my daily dose of male model.
Joking aside, you could tell just by walking in the door that this shoot was going to be different from previous ones I had assisted on. There a stylist, MUA, hair dresser, the owners of the hanger (and their adorable dog), as well as, a representative from the magazine. Catering was even involved – after I had become accustomed to hunger pains for most normal days till 4pm.
While Yoanna was getting hair and wardrobe changes throughout the day, Vincent and I would take turns standing in as faux model for the day. Getting to stand on the wing of the vintage plane was definitely my favorite. Once you got your balance or were able to sit down comfortably, it was quite cozy. I even climbed into the plane – the mini sauna that it was – and got to explore a bit when there was little pockets of down time. Within the hangar, there wasn’t much use for reflectors, but the strobe was implemented for a few shots and I was once more put on guard duty to make sure it didn’t accidentally get knocked over.
For the last look, Kristia was able to take the plane out of the hangar (there had to be 0% of it getting wet, so we had to be careful with the weather that day) and do some shots out on the runway which turned out fantastic. Cowboy, the owner’s West Minister Champion dog, even got to model throughout the day, only putting up a fuss when the luggage got too close to him. Cowboy doesn’t like luggage, running, or doors slamming as we discovered.
You can also distinctly tell the difference on a set when you have a top model versus a regular model. Everyone on the set treads more carefully, making sure that Yoanna is always comfortable and never doing something she isn’t comfortable with. There were some things she wouldn’t do and no one tried to sway her sway her towards doing them. Most models I’ve seen or worked with tend to be pretty flexible and will do a variety of things. Yoanna knows what she is doing and does it without stretching beyond. It was interesting to see the differences.