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August 17, 2010

Examiner Update

So apparently things are working again over at Examiner.  My articles can be found here:

I’m not sure if my old links to my articles work though… but I do know they are working on it and they should work soon.

Thanks for your patience!

Oh, and if you have any article requests, please feel free to let me know via comment or email!

August 16, 2010

Examiner Links

Yes, my Examiner links are broken.  Apparently, they rolled out a new site design and effed something up in the process.  I don’t know when things will be fixed or what.


March 10, 2010

Who does it better…?

Walmart & Miley Cyrus-Max Azaria (left), or Charlotte Russe (right)?

The Walmart version is $8, from $10, and only available in XL (in cream, it’s available in teal, purple and black as well).  The Charlotte Russe version is $22.99 and available in cream only.  It also has a nifty bow detail on the back.

FWIW, earlier today I posted mentioning I’d headed to Walmart to snag a shirt by Miley-Max, and found another one as well.  The above shirt is the one I’d had my eye on!  I’m glad I got the Walmart version, as it’s my pick for the better design (I like the curve of the bow instead of the straight line over the right breast, I’m not digging the bow detail on the back of the Charlotte Russe one, and I would much rather spend $8, which is what I paid, than $23).

I wonder how Miley and Max feel…

February 17, 2010

Shoot for Meow Kiki

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: WebsiteMM
  • Hair by Nicole Y: MM
  • Photography and editing by Heather.  Haven’t gotten anything from Random Guy yet.

December 7, 2009

Bringing an Escort: Pro-Escort Arguments

Ahh yes, the dreaded “E” word: Escort.

In the Internet Modeling World, an escort is an extra person who comes with to a shoot, for the model’s safety.  It’s a subject that comes up often, is always a very heated debate topic, and will never change.  I’d like to touch on a few of the common escort arguments, from the perspective of a seasoned hobbyist model.  To make it shorter, I’m going to break it into 2 sections: pro-escort and anti-escort.  Today I’ll start with the pro arguments, and tomorrow I’ll post the anti ones.  Thursday I’ll give you my personal opinion when it comes to escorts on my shoots 😉

Before I start, there are very few instances where an escort might be required.  A handicapped model, for example, who needs an assistant there to aide with health issues (such as the quadriplegic model Alex N from Michigan, who has someone there to help her at all times).  Someone under the age of 18 might be required to have a parent or legal guardian there at all times.  But really, other than that, there aren’t many reasons an escort must be present.  I don’t consider hair stylists, makeup artists, or other related parties “escorts” as (provided they actually know what they’re doing) they actually add to a shoot.

Pro-Escort Arguments
This set of arguments is often used by those who allow escorts or wish to bring them themselves, either individually or combined in various ways.  I’ve broken them down and addressed each one individually.

1. An escort is for the model’s safety.
That’s great, but shouldn’t the model be doing her due diligence and making sure the photographer is who he says he is prior to shooting, instead of just relying on someone else to make her feel safe?  Chances are, if the photographer’s the type to make someone feel unsafe, the model might still not feel 100% safe, even with an escort there.  And that will be reflected in the photos… which will likely be unusable to her.

2. An escort makes the model “more comfortable”.
It’s really hard to define “more comfortable”.  What might be “more comfortable” for me, might be awkward for someone else, and vice versa.  It’s one of those grey area things that just doesn’t work the same for everyone, and thus is incredibly difficult to define.  Case in point, I brought someone with me to a shoot at the beginning of my modeling career and she (yes, she) ended up making me feel very uncomfortable.  I spent a lot of time worried that she was bored, and worrying that she was worried about me.  I simply couldn’t concentrate properly.

3. An escort can drive the model to the shoot.
This argument is often used when a model doesn’t have a car, or doesn’t drive.  If that’s the case, and the model must be driven to the shoot, the driver can drive her there, meet the photographer/team, and then leave to come back at a predetermined time.  Certainly the photographer can guide the driver to a local coffee shop, sandwich place, or shopping mall to kill the time.

In some cases, some people use this argument to say the model will be well-rested and prepared for the shoot.  But while that may be the case, the previous statement still fits: the driver can drop the model off and come back for her later.  There really is no reason the escort should stay.

4. An escort provides companionship on long trips.
As in the argument in argument 3, the escort can drop the model off and come back at a predetermined time.  Not that complicated, really.

5. An escort can assist with wardrobe, hair, and makeup.
Is the escort qualified to assist with wardrobe, hair or makeup?  If the person is a wardrobe stylist, hair stylist, or makeup artist, then he/she isn’t an escort.  He/she is there to work.  If he/she is just there to “assist” chances are there’s no qualifications, and really, a model doesn’t need someone there to make sure the tags don’t peek out of her shirts, that her hair doesn’t get mussed up, or that her lipstick stays on.  That’s what those people who are supposed to be on set are for… and if they’re not there, it’s up to the model and photographer to monitor those things themselves.

6. An escort can carry the model’s things.
When I pack my things for a photoshoot, I make sure I can carry my bags.  It might take multiple trips to and from the car, but I make sure they’re light enough for me to carry by myself (or that they have wheels haha).  If we’re going on a location shoot, I make sure I bring a small bag that I can put necessities in, and bring with me, and, again, that I can carry it myself.  There’s no reason for me to need someone there to carry my things.

7. An escort can keep an eye open for things like smeared makeup, tags sticking out, etc.
As I noted in point 5, the model and photographer need to be monitoring this themselves.  This means taking breaks between sets, looking in the mirror before stepping on set, and overall just paying attention.  It may also help if the model cuts tags out of her clothes ahead of time, but not everyone likes to do that.

8. An escort can give the photographer and model ideas.
The model and the photographer should have worked out ideas in advance, amongst themselves, if it’s a trade shoot.  If the model is getting paid, the photographer doesn’t need any more ideas from a 3rd party who isn’t the art director.

9. An escort can help get the model in the right mindset.
Often this is brought up when it comes to shoots where the model might need to feel sexy.  If the model brings her significant other to the shoot, he/she can easily help her “get in the mood” to properly portray sexy.  Of course, if the model were any good, she’d be able to portray sexy without being “in the mood”, and she wouldn’t need someone there to help get her in the mood (certainly one can fantasize about someone without them actually being there).

10. An escort can also act as a second model in some shots.
And just how do you know that the escort is going to be able to model well, be photogenic, and not flat out ruin the shots she/he is in?  You generally don’t.  Heck, you don’t even know if the escort will want to model.

11. An escort can act as the photographer’s assistant, moving lights, carrying gear, holding reflectors, etc.
This is generally one of the most argued reasons for having an escort.  Most photographers aren’t properly insured to have some random guy prancing around the studio with expensive equipment which can be dropped, tipped over or otherwise broken or damaged.  Add to that the fact that any injuries received by someone who’s not there to be a part of the shoot may not be covered by insurance, and there’s even more problems to be worried about.

Photographers who need assistants generally have them, and they’re properly trained to handle the equipment so that it doesn’t get damaged or broken.  They’re also on the photographer’s insurance policy in case, for some reason, they get injured while assisting.

12. An escort can act as security or lookout on location shoots.
Generally, security isn’t needed.  If it is, it would be up to the photographer to provide it, not the model.  And if both the model and the photographer feel it’s not necessary, then, well, it likely isn’t.

As far as a lookout goes, it might be handy to have one in some circumstances, but IMO that’s the photographer’s responsibility, not the model’s.  If the model brings someone and says, “he can be our lookout” and they all end up in trouble with the law, who’s to say the model won’t turn to the photographer and say “you got us into this, so you’re getting us out of it”.  Note the “us” not “me”.  Suddenly, the escort is the photographer’s responsibility too?  No thanks.

Of course if you’re working with a model who feels that on-location security isn’t necessary, chances are she’s not bringing an escort with her in the first place anyway.  If she doesn’t feel a lookout is necessary, then she’s not bringing one of them either 😉

13. An escort can help the model with paperwork, such as the release or a contract.
Only in the case of a minor should an escort be helping with paperwork.  Unless the escort is a lawyer… but really?!  A freelance/hobbyist model should be able to read and understand all releases and contracts signed.

14. An escort provides the photographer with protection against false allegations.
This has always been one of those reasons for having an escort that’s blown my mind.  I can’t imagine someone who’s planning on making a false allegation against someone would bring someone with that wouldn’t back them up.

I had a friend who used to shoplift behind my back when we went shopping together.  When I caught her doing it once and threatened to turn her in, you think she ever went shopping with me again?  Nope.  I imagine the same principal would apply for other types of dishonesty.

15. Allowing an escort means the photographer is a “professional”.
I’ve always had issues with this argument as well… mainly because most of the photographers I’ve worked with who act the most professional are the ones who don’t allow escorts.  Sure, they’re all ok with being dropped off, or with a quick phone call during a break, but they’re all not fond of someone being there who doesn’t have a reason to be.  And frankly, I don’t see a problem with that.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where I look at common anti-escort arguments.

November 11, 2009

My Everyday Style VI

More from my “My Everyday Style” series.   For more, check out my “Everyday Style” page to the left 🙂

Look 6: Plaid Tights
For this one, I decided to play with the fun patterned tights that are so in right now.  I found a few great pairs at Target (though they’re unfortunately not available on their website–their hosiery selection totally lacks online) and stocked up for fall/winter!  Last fall my mom bought me this great basic black jumper that I typically get a lot of wear out of.   When I pair it with a black short-sleeved mock turtleneck, it looks like a cute black dress!  Belting at the waist makes it a bit more figure-flattering, and, well, I love my black boots 😉  The particular pair of plaid tights I have happen to have exactly the same pink as one of my favorite scarves, so I added that for a punch of color on the top.

Get The Look:
Jumper: Nordstrom (No Longer Available); Tights (Pictured): Forever21Shirt: Kohls; Belt: A TJMaxx Find; Boots: Cutesygirl

November 7, 2009

It’s beautiful out today!

Here in Chicago, it’s about 70 degrees out right now.  In early November.  After weeks of crappy weather.

And it is a Saturday on which I have pretty much nothing planned!


I’m so wearing a skirt today!

July 13, 2009

It is worth it?

Sometimes, something happens that has you wondering, “is it worth saving this?”.  Often, it’s a friendship or a romatic relationship.

Other times, it’s a professional relationship of sorts.

This is one of those times…

July 8, 2009


I’m totally digging the BKE Motorcycle Jacket from Buckle.

I wonder if I can pick one up before Friday?  Aside from being a perfect “rocker” accessory for the auction, it looks like a great, versatile piece that I can wear out, to work, or wherever… Spring thru Fall.

I have a bomber jacket in brown leather, but it’s rather heavy, and, well, brown.  I just don’t wear brown that much.

July 6, 2009

VOP Fashion & Rock Show


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