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:

Dream Team

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MODEL SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FORGET

Last week sunday we had our first Model Spotlight feature. On one special day we only share the model work or other work of one certain model.

The first plus model was ISABELLA FORGET from Canada. Isabella is not only a model, but also a make-up artist.

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Modelpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Forget-Plus-size-model/489715384427042

Make-up page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maquillage-BellaFor-Makeup/100409293355955

Here is her interview for  Style & Curve:

1. How did you became a plus model?
I started in the fashion industry as a make up artist, one day my friend told me about a contest to become the next plus size model in Montreal and said I should go try it out. So that’s what I did, I showed at the contest with no expectations and I was in the final 10…. And finaly win the contract with the model agency.
2. Was this also what you always wanted to do? Did you study? What?
I never really tought I will became a model one day. I was always behind the camera. I always been an artistic person but my parents always wanted me to study and go to university. So that’s what I did, I went to school to do a bachelor in fashion marketing. I hated it… that was not really my thing but I wanted to be proud of myself by accomplishing and finishing something. I’m now in the proccess of finishing my master in communication. My subject is actualy the identity of plus size and regular model in the fashion world.

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3.What would you respond to the current discussion about size 8 models presenting plus size fashion and to the people who say they are not even plus models?·
Plus size fashion is a relativly new trend and I think people don’t really understand it. There is different categories in the cast plus size. I think and it’s regarding the size zero of the «normal» model. So everything above that would be called plus size. I’m not a size 20 either and people sometime told me I was not a real plus size… I have real problems to find stores and places that would sell pants and jeans that will actually fit me. There is girls with bigger breast, belly or legs… every woman is beautiful in a special way and that is what we need to have in mind.

 4. Why do you regard yourself as a plus model?
I think I look at my self as a model, I’m proud to reprensent my curves. I want to show the world I have curves and I’m proud of them so everyone should embrace themself and be confident as they are.

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5. Did you ever got bullied for your curves?
I called myself a plus-size but it’s just for the industry. I consider my body curvyliscious and that’s it. But it was not always been that way. I’ve been victim of intimidation when I was in elementary school. I was then obligated to construct a shell around me and grow stronger… and that’s what I did. So in secondary school, I went to a private school…. I gain on courage and made a lot of friend but I know I was different; all my friends was wearing 3-4 and sometime 0 of pants and skirt size… but I was wearing a size 8-9… at that time I thought I was fat and I wanted to look just like them. I wasn’t comfortable with myself and never realize that I was just normal and that I was really taller then all of them. It took my years to realize that I was proud of my curves and how I look and that most of the time, it’s society that make people feel bad about themselves. I’m now a sexy size 14 and it took me 50 pounds heavier to realize it. I like my body «as is» because that is who I am. I don’t want to change it, I don’t want to do diet, I just want people to respect me as I am. I think that is what make me beautiful, it’s because I like myself as I am and that can be disturbing for other people to see someone just comfortable in their own skin. So it took me year to realize it but now I’m happy.

6. What would you say to young girls who got bollied for their curves?
Been bollied teach me one thing, to be stronger. I stopped to focus on what those bad people told me and said to myself that i needed to show them I was better then that. Beauty is not only from inside, but in you’re mind. I’ve met a lot of people that emanate charisma and that is what make them crazy beautiful.

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7. What do you like about Style & Curve?
The fact that you represent really confident women from around the world. Fashion is hard game, specially in the plus size section and Style & Curve do it differently and in a great way.

The pics in the interview are from a special editional she did.

BOLD & BEAUTIFUL:

http://institutemag.com/2013/05/07/bold-beautiful/
Models:
Isabella Forget Plus-size model
Joby Bach Official
Photographer: Anthony Turano
Source: Institute Magazine

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