Like so many others out there who aren't all that interested in Football, I will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday in the hopes that all (or most) of the commercials turn out golden like the one with Matthew Broderick. Thank you, Honda, for setting the bar!
Bridal Shoot w/Vincent Pierce
Sunday, January 29, 2012 | 10 am – 6 pm
Models: Ashlen Gilmore & Alexandra Carter
Tavern and Chapel in the Garden Unlike the other two shoots I had done with Kristia in the past, this one takes the cake (pun intended) as one of the most involved shoots I have ever been on. Two photographers, two makeup artists, three models, the gals from The Pastry Studio, another group of ladies who do place settings for weddings – and only three assistants, myself included. The gardens were beautiful, featuring two houses you can rent for your special day, a chapel (obviously), and even Snow White’s Cabin all surrounded by small train tracks and koi ponds.
This shoot marked my unofficial title as Reflector Girl – I really feel like I should get a cape and have really cool hair for this job. I was used for a multitude of odd jobs throughout the day, including:
Every time I go to another shoot, I feel like I learn how to interact with more and more people. From models to MUA to just your every day person who wants to try out modeling for some extra cash. Every shoot is just a little different and you start to see the differences from a big production shoot like this to the smaller, more casual shoots that take less then a few hours.
Comp Card Photo Shoot
Friday, January 20, 2012 | 10 am – 4:30 pm
Model: Fulvia Williams
Taking a completely different direction from the last photo shoot I did with Kristia, watching a comp card being photographed seemed a lot more laid back and relaxed. There was only the model and the photographer – and me, the intern. I’ve never taken much stock in location scouting, which is really quite crazy. I’ve never enjoyed car rides and whenever I don’t have to be buckled into one, I tend to avoid it, which is weird considering I’ve always loved exploring! Nothing thrills me more then wandering through some new location and falling in love. Photographing a comp card for an actor or model seems to rest on the idea of finding a great location that really showcases the subject, their outfit, and their personality.
We began with the prepping-
After a quick pit stop at the house, we switched gears and found ourselves parked in front of Ocean Walk, where I stood as lookout to make sure no one came by and saw the Jeep parked at Burger King. My spy skills are a little rusty, but I was a good look out, nonetheless. I also acted as guard of the camera bag, keys and light meter, much like the Secret Service without all the danger and guns.
The last look had us greeted with a sand storm on the beach. Under the pier, the wind managed to whip sand past our faces and dangerously close to our camera lenses. As Kristia took Fulvia further down the beach, I stayed with all the extra props and camera equipment until we began our trek back to the car. Learned lesson: if you find cheese pretzel sandwiches behind the car seat, they are perfectly acceptable to nosh on. Quite tasty!
Bliss Magazine Cover Shoot
Monday, January 17, 2012 | 10 am - 4:30 pm
Model: Kimberly Leemans
Day 1 of what is becoming one of my favorite parts of this semester: my internship! Being my first day as an intern, I probably picked the perfect day to start. Everyone who was a part of the team working on the cover shoot was on point and had all worked together. It was seamless. The idea behind the shoot was to produce a cover image for the February issue of Bliss Magazine. Sherry of The Pastry Studio brought in a gorgeous cake for the shoot, all misleading with its Styrofoam center. Sitting back with my camera in hand, I was able to become acquainted with Kristia's studio space and how she works within it. After drooling a bit over the closet full of photo shoot goodies - clothes, shoes and jewelry, oh my! - I began to slowly feel more comfortable taking behind the scenes photographs of all that was going on. The model, Kim, was having hair and makeup done in one corner, while Sherry and Kristia began discussing the wedding dresses and jewelry that had been pulled for the shoot. The cover of this magazine would be featuring both Shelly's cake work and Kristia's photography, so they wanted to be in agreement over the look.
While sitting with Shelly and Kim, the topic of cupcakes came up into the conversation somehow and Shelly made a call to her bakery to have some cupcakes brought over. I don't think I've ever seen cupcakes so huge before! Red Velvet, Chocolate and Strawberry Shortcake with a mountain of frosting on each one. They made the cupcakes I bake at home look like miniatures - and yes, I did a size comparison when I got home!
My assisting duties that day were to help open bags of candy hearts, otherwise I was left to watch and take pictures throughout the shoot. Based off of this shoot, I definitely feel like I need to brush up on my networking skills. I so rarely get a chance to talk with people who would be great contacts that it was a little overwhelming at first. I'm already learning that to be a photographer it takes a whole lot of people skills and just generally be a pleasant person to work with above all else!