My Style Time in NYC! May 23 2016
Don’t you love it when clients appreciate your hard work, talent, and personality? I was lucky in my career thus far to be given an exciting and unexpected opportunity of a lifetime. Proving that you actually might know what you’re doing in your career? Thank God someone else sees it besides yourself:) Well I have a fun story I’d like to share. Hopefully, it will inspire other fashionistas and stylists to enjoy the ride leading to big rewards.
I have been styling a family in Winter Park, Florida for about six months now. Doing everything from personal shopping, alterations, wardrobe assessments, and closet clean-outs. Their daughter, Caroline, is graduating high school this year. She needed professional pics taken to use in her graduation announcements and to document such a huge milestone in her life. Fortunately, her godparents are professional photographers working on the upper east side of NYC. Of course they wanted to shoot such a monumental moment. So the family traveled to NYC to get her pics taken. As her stylist, we prepped her from outfits, hair and to make-up. Gotta find the perfect looks! Being eighteen is a big deal! Then out of the blue, the family asked if I wanted to join them for the weekend up in NYC. I was beyond shocked. Caroline wants me to be on set with her? The family wants to spend three days with me in the city! Like I said…beyond shocked. I was so unsure not wanting to intrude on their special time. However, they insisted I be included. So I decided to go. Not just for the opportunity, but because I truly enjoy spending time with this beautiful family.
Three days in NYC, here we come. We had such a fun time seeing the sights, eating good food, visiting Little Italy, etc. The shopping there isn’t too bad either;) Now let me describe the amazing experience styling Caroline’s shoot. Gotta get her prepped. Her hair, makeup, wardrobe…the works. I wanted her to feel like a million bucks and have the princess treatment. This was graduating high school in style! I mean who has a photoshoot stylist travel to New York. Caroline is one lucky young lady. I got her prepped and ready for set. Her godparents started inside with studio shots. Two looks, excellent lighting, and dressed to perfection. I couldn’t have been happier the way it turned out. Her godfather let me take a few sneak peeks at his camera;) Most people don’t realize the value of having a photoshoot stylist physically on set. It’s about looking and feeling your best so the photog can get the perfect shot. I helped move every hair in place, posing her body to show off her curves while staying skinny. Ya know…girl stuff!
Then we took the shoot to Central Park. It was the most beautiful scenery, but the coldest weather. In early March it was 37 degrees! Being a Florida girl, I couldn’t even comprehend 37 degrees. Unfortunately, I packed cute fall-season garb. I froze my ass off to say the least! Caroline was freezing during her shoot, but I felt helpful keeping her warm during quick wardrobe changes and the windy conditions. I learned so much about how to work with the photographer. It’s important to know your place and not interfere too much with the photog’s vision. You see, the photographer needs to be focusing on catching the light, keeping bystanders out of the shot, and portraying the essence of the moment. My job was to keep her happy, pumped up, and feeling beautiful. With those conditions, it wasn’t easy to re-apply gloss, touch-up hair, move clothing to make her outfits look fab, and keep her working the camera. I have to say this was such a fun and gratifying experience. A career opp I’ll remember and appreciate forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!