This week, between days off, I worked with the High School Celebrity Fashion Styling Class at LIM College. It’s a mouth full, I know. Basically, LIM College has a summer program for high school students. One of the classes offered is Celebrity Styling in which students learn the ups and downs and sidewayses of dressing and styling celebrities for everywhere from magazine covers to the red carpet. The professor, the always fabulous (and wonderfully crazy) Adrienne Weinfeld-berg, asked if I would shoot the class’s final shoot. I happily agreed.
I’ve been working with LIM students pretty consistently for the past two years, but I haven’t done a huge Mega Super Photoshoot Day with them since November 2007. Like the last time, I first came into one of the classes to lecture the students on working with a photographer. Basically, I get to go up in front of a group of teenagers and talk about myself for an hour. And who doesn’t love to do that?
The day after that was The Photoshoot Day and, let me tell you, it was an adventure. The entire week beforehand, I was going out of my mind trying desperately to find models and a makeup artist. In the end, I finally pulled it together and got two professional models and three friends to volunteer their services. The hair and makeup artist, the lovely Tracy Paris, was beyond talented with what she did. I worked with her before on my Sweet Dreams photoshoot, but I had never really had a chance to see her get down and dirty with the makeup. She pretty much knocked everybody’s socks off, especially Adrienne, who I’m pretty sure was about to have a stroke caused by sheer glee.
The call-time for the shoot was 8:30am sharp. This meant that Elaina (my assistant for the day), Carianne (my model for the day), and I (the photographer) had to meet at Pratt at 7:15 to pick up the lighting equipment before heading to midtown for the shoot. What an ordeal that was, lugging a laptop, a camera, a tripod, a boombox, a soft box, light stands, and then an entire strobe kit onto a subway filled with morning commuters. I’m so happy to have friends that are willing to help me out like that.
The actual shoot was total chaos, but in a pretty enjoyable way. Adrienne was unable to obtain a studio for the shoot, so we had to make due with an empty classroom. We also had no seamless backdrop, so the styling groups each brought materials to drape behind the models. The students, acting as stylists for the first time, were in a tizzy as they frantically tried to assemble sets and get their models dressed. All-in-all, the entire shoot took about five hours. A pretty decent amount of time considering that it actually consisted of five shoots and there still had to be time alloted for set-up and hair and makeup. Check out the photos below!