[Behind The Scenes] The Renee Agency Model Bootcamp (4.7.12)
wow, you get busy and you look up and you’ve completely forgotten to update your blog for an entire month!
so, many apologies everyone, but with real life getting in the way and planning out 30 Days and 30 Nights, a photo project with the amazing Nettie Harris (which i’ll be talking more about soon) i’ve just been busier than usual.
but enough of that, let’s get to the photos! 🙂
so, Chanelle Renee, of the new Renee Agency, and I have known each other for a bit. we were talking on facebook a couple of weeks ago and i mentioned that when she put on another show i’d love to shoot the behind the scenes of it. i’ve always loved that type/style of photography. anyway, she said she’d keep me in mind and a few days later she asked if i’d be free to shoot some documentary/behind the scenes type photos of a model bootcamp she was doing. i said yes and away we went!
so, first off, i shot over 700+ photos. i got that edited down to just over 300+ final images. needless to say, i’m not posting all 300+ LoL
but i’ll be posting all the ones i really like
the day started off early in the morning at a local hotel here in jackson, ms
chanelle getting ready with a quick breakfast
chanelle’s partner, friend, and model runway coach, LaRue, checking his phone as they start to get all set up
laying down some tape so they can teach the models how to “walk the line”
testing it out
the first model arrives and chanelle gives her her t-shirt for the day
t-shirt close up
even more models start to arrive and they each get a t-shirt
LaRue is an artist, yo! 😉
oh, and this would be a good time to mention that, since i only remember some of the model’s names, but not all of them, that in the interest of fairness i’ll just call all the bootcamp models “models” 🙂
the group grows!
waiting until a few more show up before they get the show started
picking out some background music
handing out the goodie bags
everyone getting to know each other better
after this, it was time to get this bootcamp started with some stretching
LaRue showing them how to stand correctly
now teaching them how to walk
and showing them how not to walk
chanelle is paying attention too 😉
chanelle’s assistant recording the day on chanelle’s samsung tablet
time to learn how to “smize” (smiling with your eyes)
time to walk that line!
chanelle showing how it’s done
LaRue giving some final instructions and then it was time for the ladies to try it themselves
the make-up artist arrives
just really like this shot
back to line walking instruction
after that, it was time to head outside for a runway challenge
let’s see what they’ve got!
after “walking the runway”, Chanelle and LaRue give further instruction
photographer J. Valentine arrives on the scene
and after high fives and smiles it was time to head back in and learn about skin care and make-up
teaching and listening
i really like those three mirror shots
checking to see who did the best with their make-up
and she gets a prize!
and that will wrap up the skin care/make-up part of the bootcamp!
next up, to the great outside to learn how to work in a group and with props!
it was a beautiful day and sooooo many mosquitoes LoL
getting out with the props at a local park; chanelle is ready to go!
LaRue is ready to go with his props too!
and the models have assembled!
let’s get to it!
getting to our picnic area
chanelle breaks the ladies into three separate groups; each group gets their own prop(s) that they have to figure out how to use and pose with and they get to pick their own location. after they have some time to come up with ideas, J. Valentine will photograph them.
first group! hula hoops and on the dock!
next group, step ladder!
third group, beach balls in front of the lake
after that, it was time to get to shooting with J. Valentine
getting it all figured out
the rest of the models get together to watch the first shoot
J. Valentine goes to work
trying to figure out how they’re gonna pose while the first group gets shot
enjoying the day
wrapping up the first group shoot
the second group steps up to the plate
photographer at work
and that wraps up group two
off to go watch group three be shot in front of the lake
and this will wrap up the 3rd shoot!
after this we were running a little behind so we wrapped up all the outside shoots so we could get to Sterling Photography studios to wrap up the bootcamp with some professional styling and photoshoots!
celebrity stylist J.Bolin was also running a bootcamp for stylists and the two groups both met up at Sterling Photography.
the final challenge, for both the models and the stylists, was to pair up, come up with a theme, style it, and then model it while Will Sterling photographed them!
will sterling getting some moments on video
after everyone got matched up it was time to get them into make-up!
stylist and model waiting on their turn to get into make-up
coming up with ideas
love this shot
new group gets into make-up
chanelle and j. bolin checking in to see how the make-up is coming along
love this shot too
a stylist talking some make-up ideas over with her model
listening to her stylist’s make-up ideas
and the photoshootin’ starts
model and stylist
back in the make-up room
will sterling getting some behind the scenes pics too 😉
j. bolin posing with his assistant and a stylist from his previous stylist bootcamp
chanelle posing with a stylist and her model
yes, if you haven’t figured it out yet, i like taking over the shoulder shots of other people while they shoot something
stylist posing with their model
the first of the last two models gets out of make-up and onto the set
ok, i just have to mention, this girl is only 14(!) years old
and look how fierce she is!
just amazing in my opinion
after everyone was shot, it was time to gather around the big screen to check out all the final photos so chanelle and j. bolin could pick out a final winner of the day
after all the images had been gone through, it was time to choose the runner-ups and the winners!
the runner-up stylist!
the runner-up model!
the grand prize stylist winner!
the grand prize model winner!
posing with the grand prize model winner
chanelle and j. bolin posing with their grand prize winners
and just what did they win? they won a professional photoshoot with will sterling and a 4-6 page spread in DENIM Magazine!
well done ladies!
in fact, well done to the entire bootcamp group! it was a 12+ hour day and ya’ll were champions!
and in closing:
a very tired photographer’s impromptu self-portrait 😉
have a good one everybody!
it’s good to be back 🙂
(and many thanks to tom beck for letting me borrow his camera to shoot all this) 🙂