Archive for October, 2009
So we all meet at the Marlon Durrant Studio and head to Rosewater Supper club. I invite Superstar Stylist Snowdon (far right) to hang with us and have fun.
We arrive just before it got stupid busy…It got busy fast.
Now remember people… the Rosewater Supper club is a fancy place to some, I know it well. I decided on Cavalli leopard print Corset with a BEBE wrap/draped short skirt.The corset needed to have a little French lace added to the top of it just to make sure there was no bustin’ out …don’t want to frighten the Canadians.
I was a little pissed i didn’t have my clear slingbacks which tens to make your legs long and extra sleek. But I settled on my favorite costume national ankle boots.
I wanted to be on point because after all this was TCHAD Magazine party… hello click click.
When am I shooting your next cover?
I am about to go up to VIP lounge… bing! At this kind of event it is a mixture of Hollywood meets Vogue so to speak. The Canadian fashion basking in a slightly different spotlight. I was on the look out for people I needed to reconnect with.
I got an chance to talk to Kevin Pennant..who is a total delight. Being a PR Guru means he can’t complete a full conversation without breaking to say Hi to a V.I.P. but I am ok with that.. I understand what it is like.
TCHAD threw a good one!
We left there and made our own party at LOBBY… music was good and we had great friends to dance our behinds off. You will see that a lot of dancing at the events I go to… I love to Dance!!!!
Networking Networking Networking… My fanny off!
I am Jamaican so you know an appearance is a must!! So off to Harlem on Richmond - Carl Cassel (2nd location on queen Street)
Harlem has serious swagger..moody and delicious. I had no idea i was going to be there most of the night, then again DJ Carl Allen was rockin’ us, making us stay.
back to the purpose: Jamacia Trade and Invest::
A presentation was done showing the amazing amount of films shot in J.A.
Jamaica has served as a shooting location for many of Hollywood’s biggest movies, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), All The Brothers Were Valiant (1953), Dr No featuring Sean Connery (1962), Live and Let Die (1973), Children of Babylon (1979), The Blue Lagoon (1980), Eureka (1981), Clara’s Heart featuring Whoopi Goldberg (1985), Club Paradise (1985), In Like Flynn (1985), Return to Treasure Island (1985), The Mighty Quinn with Denzel Washington (1989), Cocktail (1988), Hammerhead (1988), Marked for Death (1990), Lord of the Flies (1990), Prelude to a Kiss (1991), Cool Runnings (1993), Wide Sargasso Sea (1993) and Legends of the Fall with Brad Pitt (1993).
Who knew Legends of the Fall was done there.The Sexy Brad Pitt dipping maybe even “Nude” in my Jamaican sea..hmmm maybe even at Moonlight…ok ok
This was organized by the super cool Kevin Pennant of Pennant media Group
Host: Tonya Lee Williams
So of course the turn was great and attended by the fashion Elite: Suzanne Boyd- Toronto fashion guru. Those that dont know she was FLARE magazine editor-in-chief, 1996-2004 then moved to NYC to work with Time INC on the New and exciting SUEDE magazine till 2005. Presently She is reigning at Zoomer Magazine
I am still upset at the fall or hiatus of the Fashion- forward ethnic magazine SUEDE magazine. A black magazine with edge !
Suzanne was accompanied by Michael King, CEO and Creative Director, Kontent Group , who Launched SIR magazine. It is not totally clear if Michael is still with KONTENT but i know he makes waves on the fashion scene.
The Purpose of the event was to Help Film maker to network and encourage them to make more films in Jamacia.
Business cards were given out and connections made.
my ears caught news of a “Caribbean Top Model” hmm could it be?
I got caught up with some important people and had a blast all at the same time. That is how it should be.
This is just apart of the Social happenings of a Fashion Photographer!
ps. Look at my Sexy Makeup artist ROXY … she is a major team player. I love building concepts and shooting with her.She does fab makeup on my models.
Shooting the STILO magazine cover: “The Bolder Issue”
So in between all the craziness of moving back to Toronto from Miami.. I still have to shoot the cover for Stilo magazine. I didnt have much time. I was way behind!
casting the model is important.
For weeks i couldn’t find a girl that felt right for this Beauty story.
I of course trust my amazing makeup artist Roxanne DeNobrega… who was a solid team member when i was in Toronto before.
My ex- model agent Norwayne Anderson(NAM models) trusts my eye and gave me a super fresh face for this issue, he knows i love Red-heads. Bingo- you have Stacey… a young girl from Newfoundland. that right you heard me… way out there. (you will have to google it.)
In she walks with her Boyfriend behind her. What a delicate little face…i realize later on that she looks like Jessica Stam in the last shot of the day. We shot on Wed afternoon and then on Sunday to finish off the editorial. Wed was a cover try cause i wasnt sure if she could carry the weight of this concept.
The issue is called “The Bolder issue” and I wanted Roxy to apply different kinds of metal to the skin illustrating the season’s spikey shoes and silver zippers. I saw the McQueen show and of course it drove me metal-crazed. I look to him first every single season.(I can’t wait to meet him)
I went to the hardware store for inspiration of course and felt like i was in wonderland of textures. Roxanne being our amazing beauty editor on this story , came with me to build and conceptualize.
I had metal crawling up stacey’s neck and almost into her mouth.It almost looked like it was taking over her face and she was turning into Android.
“IRON MAIDEN” is the name of the editorial that came out on Sunday which was day 2 of shooting. We needed to flush out more looks and once i realize Stacey could express the right emotion for each look i booked her 4day later. Don’t let the delicate face and the very young age fool you.
This little girl has got layers.
This is from shooting the first day..a Cover try became a absoulte! I need the needed more.Cant show you more till end of the week