Set up is done. Meaning, pre-production is done. I have finally carried my last piece of clothing and prop into what will be our location, and base camp. That finalizes the prep stage- and tomorrow we are shooting and in full production. Fun!
Part of my job is being a stylist, the other one Producer. The Producer part means coordinate all the details for the shoot, and make sure it is running smoothly once we are on set. I coordinate models, props, hair and make-up stylist, call -times, locations etc, etc…
We are starting to shoot Monday morning and will end Wednesday night – for a total of 5 images. As I’m in the the midst of modeling hire and prop shopping right now (wardrobe shopping will all be done once we finalized the models so I have sizes) I have my “Visual Think Board” by my desk to help me organize my thought and make sure I’m not missing or over seeing anything!
As I’m busy coordinating, scouting and planning the upcoming shoot – I haven’t been updating the blog lately. But as I browsed through spring trends that will apply for summer, as I need cute resort wear for the shoot, I fell in love with the updated lace trend that WHO WHAT WEAR showcased this week, and decided to share that with you. It has that pop of color that is a must this spring, along with sheer peek-a-boo (even if it isn’t sheer fabric, the lace has the same look through feel) along with the femininity that I so happily welcomed 2012. I’m getting tired of 80′s inspired rock culture, and 90′s homogeneous sportswear that lacks the feel of a classy woman. Maybe I’m getting old…
This is what Who What Wear writes about the trend:
Whether it’s sweet or sexy, strictly white or doused in color, lace has been a vehicle for so many must-try trends over the years. Happily, the delicate fabric is back in the spotlight once again, taking on an appropriately more playful, upbeat tone for spring. Contrasting neon hues peeking out from under fancy lace frocks offer a fresh and feminine way to experiment with this season’s vibrant color palette, resulting in a supremely chic look we can’t live without.
As we are getting closer to kick off next big photo shoot (I’m in the midst of going through final models for audition, location scouts and trips to the prop houses) I’m finalizing and organizing my toolbox. I have one for make-up and hair (we hire professional hair and make-up artists but I’m always prepared to fill in) and one for wardrobe.
Here is a limited list of what a professional stylist needs, but that I would recommend every woman have in her closet or traveling bag!
Hemming My Way Adhesive Snap Reusable Hem Tapes (6 Sets). Perfect to hem pants fast and easy at set – but also great for jeans that you want to keep long for the days you use high heels, but want to shorten for the days you use flats. No scissors needed! $19.99
Braza Diva COMFORT Kit. This kit comes in a little bag and includes: silicone Bra Strap Comfort, Clear Bra Straps-Wide, Magic Clip, 3 Hook Bra Extender, 2 Hook Bra Extender, Waist Expander + Panel Cover Up. A clear must-have for any woman’s closet! $16.00
Match Tips Clothing Tapes. Comes in a little tin jar of 50 dots, so you use as many as you need. Perfect to use for gaps between shirt buttons, slippery straps or hems. $10.00
Braza Double Stick Flash Tape – Extra Hold. Has the same function as the match, but is on a 30 ft tape roll, so you can use longer sections if necessary $5.99
- Sewing Kit. Includes needles, threads, extra buttons, small scissors, seam ripper, pins etc, etc. You always need to be prepared to fix a broken seam, popped button or cut of a thread! Criterion Sewing Kit $14.99
Static Guard. Eliminates Static Cling and is formulated for use while you wear. Perfect for clinging fabric (safe for all colors) but also great to use for fly away hair! $36.00
Wrinkle Releaser. I prefer the Niagra brand. It smooths out lightly wrinkled clothes without the need for iron or steamer! $5.99
Hand-held steamer. What would you do without? I steam clothes directly on the hanger, or sometimes touch up clothes when they are on! Fast and convenient! Jiffy E Stream $79.00
I just got debriefed on a new exciting assignment!
We will shoot 3 days (two images one day, one the day after and one fall back day) for an upscale resort’s real estate team. Every images tells a story, and there are 3 images in total:
1. A woman is just arriving to her second home. As she arrives the stressful world is left behind and she lays down on the couch in total peace knowing that for the next month, nothing will disturb or stress her.
2. A man is sitting with his son in his lap, looking out over the ocean. The boy is peacefully reading a book, and dad is completely relaxed. It is time to spend time together. Have the time for one another.
3. A dinner party has just ended. 3 couples are laughing and relaxing at the table, keeping on sipping their wine, sharing stories. The waiter has come up from the resort, cleaning up the dinner and are preparing dessert in the background. For the couples, there is no time for dishes or cleaning when you live here…
As soon as I got the image direction and FPO, I scanned them and realized two things that stood out as challenges more than other. For one, I need to have a thorough casting for the first shot, that woman needs to carry herself and her expression is making that image. The direction showed Amber Herd. I have reached out to BRAND and NEXT modeling agencies and will follow up with our finalized selection and have auditions next week.
The dress Amber is wearing as from Alexander McQueen and costs over $6,000. I will find a similar strapless dress and might go through rent the runway where I can get access to phenomenal designer dresses for less than the studio fee!! (check them out, totally worth the money if you are going to a gala or even just being a little extra nice for a dinner with friends, bridal shower etc).
The biggest cost here is the hard sided Louis Vuitton suitcase along with the hatbox. After exhausting all options (even searching for illegal fake bags, I found them but the sites are so unreliable and it isn’t a business i would want to support, so I opted out of that option). I finally located them at a prop house in LA, the price for hire is $700. One of my friends has a good collection of LV purses, so I have a great back-up!
Here is the image direction, leaning nicely on my desk to indicate that this will be my world for the next 3 weeks…
Here are the two bags that I need
And here is my back-up. It is nice to have great friends!