I'd have to chalk this one up as top 10 coolest experiences I've had in my life.
Last week in New York with Vogue and Joe Fresh was seriously a dream. I can't wait to share with you the final product next month, but for now I hope you enjoy this little behind the scenes action. So much work, time, people, and talent goes in behind these shoots. I was surrounded by the best of the best of talent and it was so inspiring for me to learn and listen to them. I've also never had so many people stare at me while taking pictures before. I may or may not have broken a sweat from it. Here's some random things you wouldn't know unless you were there that I think are fun!
The day before the shoot you meet up with the team and stylist and they start putting your outfits together. You get a polaroid taken in each potential outfit, and then the team creates a story board and chooses what clothes you will actually wear for the shoot, what you will be doing in them, etc.
Everything is perfect on set. There's an alterations diva making clothing fit just right, a nail artist who gave me the most amazing paint job that I hope never comes off, and there's a frenzy of people running around making magic happen. They're used to models changing everywhere like no big deal… but I'm not… so I had to keep asking if I could go switch my clothes in the bathroom. Hahaha… Not quite on their level yet ;)
The studio that we shot as was in Brooklyn, in Williamsburg. It was a fun industrial vibe, and before I opened the doors I felt the base of the music bumping. It was such a fun environment, and I seriously would hang out with everyone I met if I lived in New York. I could just feel their creativity bouncing off the walls. It was refreshing and exciting for me.
This photographer took our stills. We also shot video, which I feel more comfortable doing. It's weird, but I love speaking and engaging so it's more natural for me. But doing still photos in my clothing called for some direction from the photographer. He'd yell in his cute accent that I could hardly understand what pose he'd want me to do next. And then use confusing hand gestures and I basically just smiled and thought how crazy it was that I was shooting with the people I was with. That was the only thought process I had pretty much through out the whole day.
This is Q. Part of the glam squad and hair wizard. The guy would fix every fly away before every new shot and did what would be referred to by the rest of the guys on set as a "ninja braid".
This is a turn table.
It spins you around
Until you say stop because you might fall or puke.
And then people come over to make sure you're okay, and they probably think you're just a baby.
But they don't know that standing in heels, while a million people stare at you, on a small platform that spins around in a circle is actually quite a talented thing to accomplish. ;)
I had several other scenes that you will see in the final product next month, and I can't wait to see them myself. To everyone at Joe Fresh, Vogue, and Socialyte… thank you! What an experience with some really great people, I am so grateful.