Friday, January 20, 2012

Fall 2012 Photo Shoot

Done! I think we photographed nearly 30 dresses.  Lara was amazing. She took so many great images. I can't wait to post them.

Here are two of my favorites:

1. Alicia in the new silk dress- Fall 2012.

For our 7' Coterie poster we like to show a print dress against a print "wallpaper."
Here I am getting the wallpaper ready- silk twill taped to foam core, leaning against Jody's wall at the end of her drive.

And here is a shot of Alicia in the dress in front of the fabric wall. I can't wait to see Lara's final image.

I LOVE this dress. The print is called Malibu Dusk but we don't have a name for the style yet. Suggestions?

2. Alicia in Trudy Black/White knit dress- Fall 2012.

The neckhole on this sample was tight and we didn't want to ruin Alicia's hair, so we cut apart the dress at the shoulder. To cover it up, I put my cardigan on Alicia. I think it works.

I used one of the silk ponchos as a scarf, it was a last minute idea. We really don't have much planned in advance. We just bring everything we can and throw it together in the minutes before the shot. 

We all went outside to the VW camper where Dottie was ready to go! I had to wait behind the hedge because Dottie kept trying to run to me. 

I'm already thinking of the next shoot which happens in July. I'm ready to hit the road (or rather just cross the bridge) in an RV and go to San Francisco to get some city shots. Curtis and I are browsing the internet for a something to convert into a mobile studio....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Photo Shoot Checklist

1. PHOTOGRAPHER: Lara Rossignol- love her. check.
(included- all of her vision and inspiration- hairstyle idea below)

2. LOCATION: Jody's house. check.
Can't beat it. Her house is to die for and she let's us all tromp through without a second thought. What a dear friend. I know it's an imposition but she acts like it's nothing.

3. MODELS: Alicia and Page.  Love them and they complement each other...hiccup...NOT check.

All was set as of last Thursday...

Lara (in email)- CALL ME!!! Page just shaved her head!

me (in my mind)- YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!!

Lara (in email)- Do you think we can work around it with a scarf or a wig? I'm calling Josh (H&M guy) to see what he can do.

me- Really?? 

me- (30 seconds later after looking at the reality of the new do, which was truly a mohawk)  NO way. find someone new.

Lara quickly called the agencies and thankfully found a lovely replacement, Alexis. whew.

okay, starting over-
MODELS: Alicia and Alexis. all set, last minute switcharoo, check.

4. HAIR and MAKE UP: Joshua. (used him last time- cute, sweet and talented- booked him) check.

5. STYLIST: Laura. (day job- in charge of sales and tons more at LE) check.
In fact, at the moment she is out shopping for all the stuff that we need. She's a great shopper and has THE BEST taste, so we are in good hands.

6. CATERING: Erin. check.
She has put together a perfect menu and I am so happy to not be doing it myself, which I did last time.

7. PROPS: Candes and Jody. check.  
Candes is gathering from Lara's list all the essentials- parasol, chess set, and so on. Really it's a like scavenger hunt.
Jody has gone around the neighborhood scouting out cars and more locations. Nothing stops her. Just a knock knock, Jody here! and acquisition complete.

 This is one of the cars she has set up for us- dreamy. 

8. DRESSES: me. almost check.
Fall 12 (below- a few that are ready, but still sewing) and some more Spring 12 (pulling from the production line)

I'm sure I've forgotten something, but I'm at the hair salon and need to talk about my hair color, or rather lack of,  so this post is over!