Back on June 25, I received an e-mail from the Manager of LUSH Home & Boutique in Bakersfield, asking if I would be interested in donating my photographic services in exchange for advertising as part of their Drop Dead Gorgeous Model Search. Without hesitation, I agreed to do the shoot and waited until the Winner was announced on September 1. The field of potential Models was pared down to 5 and the contest went into full swing. I completely forgot about my commitment until one of the contestants posted on a Facebook Group to vote for her. As I reviewed the finalists, one really stood out and I cast my vote for her. In the end it was the right choice, Joy won the contest and now it was time to uphold my part of the deal.
Kortney, LUSH Manager and I began the arduous process of coordinating a convenient shoot time, along with Hair, Make-up Wardrobe and Location. After several options we managed to decide on a date and solidify all the details. Time was of the essence since LUSH was planning to use one of the images for a billboard.
E AVEDA Salon did a really nice job in changing Joy's make-up as we transitioned from wardrobe to wardrobe.
What Did I Learn?
- Create a checklist of the equipment for the shoot - The night before a shoot, I always move the equipment I plan to use to a specific area in my garage. I then mentally walk through the set-up of the lighting by identifying the gear. I set out my Strip box, but at some point I moved it back to storage.
- Test All Equipment - Don't assume that your equipment will work after being stored. Test it!!!
Once again, a huge thanks to Teresa, of HyeStyle Studio for all her assistance in every aspect of the shoot. Thanks to Drew for being patient even if he was only in three images, Kortney and Lindi from LUSH, and Tawney from E AVEDA Salon. Of course, I can't forget to thank Joy's parents for having not only a beautiful daughter, but also a very professional and courteous young lady.
BTW, If you live in Bakersfield, keep an eye out for LUSH's Billboard, featuring Joy on Calloway near Rosedale Hwy.