Angelita’s Weekly Blog – Concept Shoots

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Hello Beautiful models and fans of Style & Curve, Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog.  Today I’m going to blog about Concept Shoots.  What is a Concept Shoot?  It’s slightly different from a regular shoot.  A theme is selected along with specific models to achieve the right look for the shoot.  Hair and make-up is professionally done, specific locations are chosen, and sometimes more than one photographer will be shooting.  Wardrobe and props are very important to convey the theme of the photo shoot.  It’s important that when selecting the team for this shoot everyone understands what the theme is supposed to convey.  I’m going to share my experience with my first well-planned concept shoot.

Every year my best friends and I like to find matching costumes for Halloween right after Halloween to get the best deals.  I went to the costume store and contacted my friends to ask them for ideas on what they would like our costume for the next year to be.  Several ideas were thrown around but the key was to find three of the same costume in the right sizes. My friend June suggested a stewardess type of costume so I looked for one and hit the jackpot.  I found the cutest costume that didn’t look “cheap” “costumey” or poorly made.  The fabric was nice, the original price was $59.99 and the best part was that they had three in the sizes we needed.  Since it was a couple of days after Halloween and the store was closing that day since it was only open for the season, I was able to procure the costume for 75% off so the costumes came out to $15 each.  I’m not even sure why but I also purchased a Pilot’s shirt and hat thinking my husband could wear it for Halloween.  It turned out to be a great decision.

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I also found another great costume online for only $10 on www.buycostumes.com and the regular price was $89.99 that I couldn’t pass up for all three of us.  It’s a good thing I purchased another costume since we ended up using the stewardess costumes for our concept shoot.   After I sent pictures of the costumes to my friends, June suggested that we shoot with a real plane.  Needless to say, we couldn’t exactly go to the airport and ask to shoot for a multitude of reasons and we didn’t know anyone who owns a private plane so we put the idea on the back burner.   Fast forward to Christmas Day, our friend Justin was home alone.  My husband and I offered to have him spend Christmas Day with our family so we went on base to pick him up since he’s in the Military and lives in Military housing.  He lives on a part of the base that I’ve never been too.  As we were going in, I saw a beautiful Presidential Jet that was on display.  It was just too good to be true so I inquired with the front gate guard about taking photographs with the jet and they said it was absolutely permissible.

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I talked to my friends and let them know that the plane was available then selected the date for our shoot.  The first person I reached out to is a very talented Hair Stylist and Make-Up Artist named Angela Parker.    I called her Angela personally, explained my concept idea and she immediately said yes.  She is also an aspiring photographer so she is becoming a triple threat in the industry.  I also reached out personally to several photographers and two more photographers came on board, Washhboy Photography and cosplay photographer Mars Leon.

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Initially the shoot was only going to be me, June and Valerie but June suggested a pilot would be the icing on the cake for this concept.  Luckily I had already purchased the pilot shirt and hat and It had to be someone fun, not shy in front of the camera and could convey a believable pilot.  After some thought, I reached out to my friend Anthony De La Garza who is a well-known local cosplayer.  He cosplays several characters but is best known for his Batman Cosplay.  I reached out to him and he immediately said yes.  Everything was falling into place and we had our concept shoot dream team confirmed and excited about the shoot.

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We also decided that our jewelry would be the jewelry I gave my friends for Christmas with the necklace having the word “Believe” on it.  The concept was a late 60’s early 70’s Airline Stewardess and Pilot Shoot with the Presidential Jet on display.  June decided to call the shoot “Believe Airlines” inspired by the necklaces we all wore for the shoot.  You can actually see the necklaces pretty well in some of the images.

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Two days before the shoot, we had a severe cold snap with ice on the roads and school closures.  I checked the forecast and had faith that we would have a nice day.  The day of the shoot came and it was an unbelievably beautiful day and a comfortable temperature.  Since this was a portfolio building shoot and we were going to spend several hours getting ready and actually shooting, I purchased snacks and drinks and we took over my friend Justin’s house since he lived just down the road from the plane.  We started Hair and Make-Up at 1:30pm as planned and left for the location right at 4pm, which was also planned.

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We only took a few “posed” photos because we wanted to have fun and capture a story.  We tried different scenarios and just had a blast!  So far we’ve seen some amazing images that have been captured by the photographers.  We even shot some some videos because we were having so much fun that we just went for it.  Angela even captured an image of us watching the video we just shot.  It was a spur of the moment decision and Justin Wharton shot the video while my daughter stayed next to him playing the music. Group 14

The shoot was only four days ago and the photographers are busy editing but the images that they shared so far are absolutely amazing.  This was my first time organizing an elaborate concept shoot although I had organized a few before but without professional HMUA and only one photographer.  The key to this successful concept shoot was that our dream team was on the same page and we just had fun!  Also having several photographers allowed for us to have some fun behind the scenes shots as well.

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If you have a great idea, put it into action and make it happen, whether it’s just you or you and several models.   Reach out to the artists in the industry and contact them personally. You could easily post a casting on a site such as Model Mayhen but I highly recommend working with people you know and trust since it will be less likely to have someone not show up.  I hope you enjoyed the images I shared here with you today.

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As always, don’t allow the negative people along the way bring you down and trust me; there will be negative people that will cross your path.  Take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Again, if there is a topic you’d like me to blog about, feel free to contact me.  Until next week, stay positive!

Our Dream Team consisted of:

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June Griffin Garcia, Actress/Model – http://imdb.me/junegriffingarcia

Valerie Anne Chavira Luna, Model & Mrs. River City – https://www.facebook.com/ValerieAnneLunaMrsRiverCity

Anthony De La Garza – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000617739823&fref=ts

Angela Parker, HMUA & Photographer – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angelas-photos-hair-and-makeup

Kevin Washington, Washhboy Photography – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washhboy-Photography

Mars Leon, Photographer – https://www.facebook.com/marsleon80?fref=ts

Everyone except Nikki is pictured below because Nikki took the photo, she’s in a red dress in the behind the scenes image above:

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Angelita’s Weekly Blog: Thrift Store Treasures

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1980’s Vintage Cache beaded dress purchased at Goodwill, Photograher: Johnny Richer

Hello Beautiful models and fans of Style & Curve, Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my weekly blog.  Today I’m going to blog about Thrift Store, resale store and vintage store shopping.  Regardless of your financial resources, shopping at these types of stores can bring you wonderful treasures at unbelievably low prices.  You can certainly find one of a kind garments and accessories that are unique and beautiful.  The images you see in this blog are garments and or accessories that were purchased from thrift stores, resale boutiques or vintage shops.   Each garment or accessory pictured in this blog cost anywhere from .99 cents to $29.95 with most of them being under $10.

black gownVintage 1980’s beaded gown purchased at Goodwill. Image by: Johnny Richer

I have to be completely honest, before I started modeling and acting, I had a completely different perception about these types of shops.  Yes, I used to believe, only those less fortunate shop at Goodwill or The Salvation Army.  Those on a budge shop at resale boutiques and vintage shops just have “old stuff”.    About 10 years ago I performed in a musical theater production called “Spotlight on Broadway”.  We needed some period costumes for some of the different numbers we were performing so our director recommended we go to a thrift shop called Goodwill.  We needed a 70’s type of outfit, a cocktail dress, etc. and it would be very expensive to purchase these garments brand new.  Initially, the idea of shopping at a thrift store was quite foreign and uncomfortable for me but I went in to look.

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I remember walking into Goodwill for the first time thinking, “I wonder if people in here think I’m poor.”  Looking back, I realize it was such a silly thought.  Granted, I had to go through lots of clothes on the racks with some of them being garbage but then suddenly I would find something that jumped out at me and was such a great find.  I was finding high-end vintage designer garments such as Cache, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Channel, & Calvin Klein just to name a few.  I couldn’t believe my luck and how well preserved these garments were!

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Now, don’t pay attention to the size marked on the garment, only look at it and guess if it will fit and of course try it on.  I wear a size 14/16 but in vintage clothing I wear an 18 and 20 1/2.  Today’s clothing designers cut their garments larger and size them about two sizes smaller than they once were.  For example, everyone knows that Marilyn Monroe was a curvy size 14 but by today’s clothing sizing, she would be a size 10.  Another great example is if you wear a size 16 in everyday fashion but you’re about to get married and you have to purchase a wedding gown in a size 20.  That’s because wedding gown designers have never changed their sizing standards.  I will look at the size marked but I will determine whether it might fit based on the cut, style and fabric of the garment.

Anytime you are shopping at one of these types of stores, always inspect the garment.  Keep in mind that vintage garments will not be perfect but you will know whether or not it is a usable garment or not.  Believe it or not, I’ve received more compliments from my thrift store finds than many of my more expensive garments that I purchased brand new.  Although I will watch the trends, I like to purchase garments that are classic and ageless.  Some of the very trendy styles fade away as quickly as they came in.  It’s also fun to mix and match different time periods.  For instance, I purchased this colorful dress on clearance and I paired it with a 1960’s feather hat that I borrowed from a vintage boutique called Romantic Cultures to create this unique look.

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I have walked into a thrift store or resale boutique and have walked out with multiple garments and often with matching accessories and spend the same amount as I would’ve spent on a single garment in a regular retail store.  Not to mention, I now own unique garments that you won’t see everyone else wearing.

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If you haven’t gone into a thrift store, resale store or vintage boutique,  I highly recommend that you do, you will be amazed at what you might find.  Keep in mind, if you go into a smaller store with limited selections, you will not always find a treasure so keep looking,  I promise, you will find something amazing for the cost of next to nothing.

vintage gownBlack and gold gown from Goodwill, Image by: Bloojay Designs

As always, don’t allow the negative people along the way bring you down and trust me; there will be negative people that will cross your path.  Take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Again, if there is a topic you’d like me to blog about, feel free to contact me.  Until next week, stay positive!

Firetruck1950’s vintage dress, passed down from family member, vintage hat and parasol (umbrella) from Romantic Cultures, Image by: Angela Parker

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Angelita’s Weekly Blog, Reflecting on 2013

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Hello Beautiful models and fans of Style & Curve. It’s Angelita Aronce Sorensen here with my first weekly blog of 2014.  First I want to take a moment to apologize for not posting a blog the last 4 weeks.  I was very ill and hospitalized for a week and I was on the road to recovery but now I’m much better and I’m back!  Being the second day of 2014 I thought I would reflect on the wonderful opportunities and amazing things that have happened in 2013.  I believe I’ve already mentioned in a previous blog that I started my modeling and acting career at age 41.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would be as successful as I’ve been and 2013 was definitely a wonderful year for me.

I’ve acted in several great films starting 2013 off with filming the feature film “Zombie Prombie” in the role of Nurse AbbyIMG_2753 and although it’s still in postproduction you can find some info on it here.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Prombie  The next feature film I worked on right after that was H.O.A. Havoc starring Daniel Baldwin and my character is Flatula. IMG_3051 It was a fun and comedic role and this film is also in postproduction and I even performed a scary stunt but it was well worth it.  A short film that I was part of and actually filmed in 2012, “The Symphony of Silence” in the role of Ana Symphony of Silence, a mother who goes after her son’s bully won the Platinum Remi Award at 2013 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.

I also starred in my first music video by Mallorie, the song is called “Imagine” and it is such a beautiful Military inspired Love Song.  It was such an honor when I was contacted and asked to be part of this project.   Mallorie wanted a real military couple so I my husband was my co-star in this music video.   The link to this beautiful song and music video on YouTube is below.

I was also involved with NDG Productions and was part of four commercials for various free family events for The Thingamajigy Fayre, SciFest 2013, Monstercon 2013

, and Nerdtactular Holiday Bazaar 2013.   I was also involved in other film projects ranging from commercial work to features and ranging from extra work to lead roles in 2013.  You can find my IMDB page here: http://www.imdb.me/angelita.sorensen

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Regarding modeling projects, I started off 2013 by gracing the cover of Latin Connection Magazine with a 3-page story inside.  You can download a free digital copy or purchase a hard copy at this link. http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/550960  I was blessed to be part of a few print projects including the Timeless Beauty Book, featuring models over the age of 40 by the talented photographer Imiko. 465019_587995821224785_1494658278_o http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/3474397/631f1c4f7ed92dffcbb85f099ba314b2d0766550  I was also Miss August in a calendar fundraiser project for Cancer Benefit 1076992_10200985362748228_2051279750_o, Empowering to Live and I’m finishing the year out with another calendar project called “Warmth for the Homeless” as Ms. May 2014. Calendar Thumbnails revised The proceeds will be used to purchase coats and blankets for the homeless in our community.  The calendars are only $10 so feel free to contact me if you’re interested in supporting our cause and wish to purchase a calendar.   Two of the most exciting things that happened with my modeling career in 2013 was being the July Profile Pic winner for CMR and I will be one of the 8 faces of Fashion A Go Go Profile Pic launching this plus size clothing line in Paris, April of 2014.  I am in great company with some of the most beautiful international models!  I am also one of the bloggers on Style & Curve fka Curvy Models Rocks.  I have also modeled for quite a few photographers and ripped the runway in quite a few shows, many of them being charity fundraising fashion shows like the Fiesta Fierce Fashion Parade that benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Fiesta Fierce

In 2013, I also gave back to the community with organizations like NDG HeroesNDG Heroes.  I participated in several events with NDG Heroes to help raise money for children with devastating diseases.   I also went to the children’s hospital to visit some of the children and knowing that they are suffering from horrible illnesses, seeing their faces light up when walking into their rooms was so rewarding.  I was also involved with several other projects including “Women in Heels” an organization that is consistently giving back to the community and co-founded by one of my best friends, Valerie Anne Chavira-Luna.   I also put together a fundraiser as Ms. Texas Plus Size Diva 2012/13 called TPSD Divas & Gents094.  It was a bachelor/bachelorette auction to raise funds for the TPSD organization and to benefit a family dealing with cancer.  Daytime @ 9 in San Antonio even interviewed me on their show to promote the TPSD organization and to promote this fundraiser.  I also mentor teenagers and women privately.  Giving back is one of the most rewarding things that I have the privilege of doing.

2013 was an amazing year.  I have a wonderful support systems, a family and husband who love and support me unconditionally and of course friends who also love and support me and mean the world to me.  I’ve learned a lot, grown from all my experiences this past year whether they would good, bad or indifferent.  For those of you who feel like your life is going nowhere, I can relate, I’ve been there and I can tell you that it’s up to YOU to change the direction of your life. YOU are the ONLY person who can make a difference in your life. Find your inner strength and understand that it is NOT too late to follow your dreams. Don’t let the “haters” bring you down. Smile and show them what you can do…that is the best “revenge” and Karma will take care of the rest.   I guarantee that you will get many rejections but don’t allow that to stop you from chasing your dreams, whether it’s to be a model, an actress or anything else you choose to do in life. Don’t allow the negative people along the way bring you down and trust me; there will be negative people that will cross your path. Take control of your future, even if it means smashing through preconceived boundaries in this industry. Until next week, stay positive!

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