While I was on vacation in Florida, I had the opportunity to work with Heather of Meow Kiki Street Wear. All in all, it was an amazing shoot and the pics came out incredible! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves Here’s the whole story of the shoot, because it was craziness, followed by pics.
The call time was 11A for hair and makeup, at Heather’s place. From there, the plan was for all of us to head to a park where we’d start shooting, followed by a second set at a location not too far from Heather’s. We were all geared up to meet at Heather’s and take as few cars as possible to the locations. Heather had found me, the MUA and the photographer on MM, and the photographer recommended she contact this girl who manages a few models, L. I’m not sure how the hair stylist came into play, but I do believe thru L as well. So that was the plan for the day
I arrived a tad early, which was my plan being that I wasn’t familiar with the area and was getting dropped off by mom and grandma. Shortly after that, the MUA, Alejandro arrived and started working his magic on my face. He was super sweet and did a phenomenal job on my face–a very different look from anything else I’ve done before! While I was getting my makeup done, the manager and other models started arriving, followed eventually by the hairstylist. I was first up for hair as well, so Nicole Y (the hair stylist) started working on me. She also busted out an incredibly different look for me, thanks largely to a weave!
Alejandro and NY went to work on the other 2 models, Fio and Nicole M, transforming them as well as they did me. It took awhile, but they worked fast. Especially Alejandro, who had to be in Miami for a fashion show that evening (which was going to be nuts with the Super Bowl going on there!).
At this point, there was still no photographer! Which was kind of ok being that we were all still getting made up. But then the manager got a YIM on her phone. From the photographer. Apparently, she’d driven all the way from Boca, paid $5 in tolls, spent 2 hours trying to find Heather’s place (which, you’ll note, the Chicagoan found fairly easily), tried to call both Heather and the manager like 5 times, got fed up, and went home. Yup. The photographer flaked. And she never bothered to apologize for it, and instead came across as pretty rude about the whole thing.
Now, neither Heather’s phone nor the L’s had rang during this time. In fact, at one point, Heather and the manager had both tried to call her, and there was no answer, followed by the phone going straight to voicemail. When she was called out, the photographer claimed her phone died. Alright. Fine. Heather, at this point, said, “screw it, I’ll use my point and shoot and we’ll do fine without her”. The manager relayed the message via YIM.
Upon hearing that, the photographer started trying to get back in the game, and went from being rather rude, to sucking up to Heather. Who had none of it. We decided we’d just deal with Heather’s P&S and make the best of it.
Alejandro and NY finished their work on Fio and a NM, and the 3 of us got dressed. Then, we gathered all our stuff and headed to location 2, nixing location 1 because it was getting so late and we didn’t want to lose light. Location 2 was an empty, overgrown lot next to a Chik-Fil-A, which gave us a place to park, and a short walk to and from the cars, which made it easy to change in them.
So we got there and started shooting. There were a lot of great spots to take places in this lot, which worked out really well It also suited the various looks pretty well too, which was great! Each of us models had 3 looks Heather wanted us to get done, though there were a couple extra outfits in case we had time or something didn’t fit right. Additionally, things were going really smoothly–Chik-Fil-A wasn’t complaining that we were there, there were no interruptions from passersby, and despite the wind, our hair and makeup was looking amazing! The location was working out well.
And then this Random Guy (who’s name I don’t remember) walks out of Chik-Fil-A, DSLR in hand. ”Are you guys doing a photo shoot?” he asks. We confirmed, and he asked if he could join in! We were more than happy to have him join in, and gave him a short version of the photographer flaking. Turns out, he was recently transplanted in FL from MI, and typically shot weddings. He was at Chik-Fil-A with some friends, who were cool with him doing his own thing. He ended up shooting about half of the outfits with us (Heather still shot with her P&S).
Funny how things work out like that, right? We all had a great time, exchanged cards and info (though I didn’t grab Random Guy’s info, unfortunately, but he has my card), and wrapped up the shoot before the sun went down. I shot in 3 outfits, and I think that’s about what the other girls shot in, which means we got everything we needed. Can’t beat that!
And, because I know you’ve been waiting for it, here are some of my favorite pics of me from the shoot… you can see others, including more from the specific outfits in the Meow Kiki shop, which is linked below. The model with me in the 3rd shot is Fio
So there you have it. The story of a shoot that could have gone terribly wrong, but worked out amazingly in the end Definitely a team that made the best of a crappy situation! And had fun to boot!
I do also have a video of part of the shoot on my cell, thanks to Nicole Y. I just gotta figure out how to get it off my cell, being that it’s 7.74MB and too big to message off there Soon, hopefully!
And the all important credits!
- Designs by Heather of Meow Kiki, of course Shop her collection here: Meow-Kiki Etsy Shop
- Makeup by Alejandro of A2 Artistry: Website | MM
- Hair by Nicole Y: MM
- Photography and editing by Heather. Haven’t gotten anything from Random Guy yet.