Behind the Scenes of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine June Swimsuit Issue 2017

Photo shoots are so much fun but there is a lot of work prior to the “big” day to make sure that day runs smoothly.

This blog is a pictorial of what happened behind the scenes, building to the final spread in the June Issue of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine that was shot at Casino Del Sol.

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Bridgette the lovely model was so awesome to work with.  I asked her to come by my house for a dress rehearsal to make sure we were ready before the shoot.  We had fun collaborating and figuring out what looked best on her.  Not everything made the final cut.

As the stylist for the shoot, I was asked to produce a pictorial that illustrated a variety of swim trends.  I came up with four themes: retro. boho, glamour and athleisure.  A cover shot was also part of the assignment. The swimsuits, coverups, and accessories were borrowed from Dillard’s along with a few items from Marshall’s  and a few items from my own collection .

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LOOK 1:   BOHO  (2 SHOTS)

Before we begin I have to mention  Bridgette looks good in everything!  It was fun to watch the magic happen with all the themes.  Also in between styling Bridgette I took as many pictures as I could.  This blog is made up of my pictures with the exception of a few by Tom Spitz.

Boho is a bohemian, gypsy theme which is very trendy at the moment.  The  Vintage Burgundy Bottega Veneta Scarf was a perfect balance to the nude  Kenneth Cole swimsuit.  The “cover up ” purchased from Marshall’s  is actually a  wrap maxi dress.

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The day of the photo shoot.

The Boho sexy hair and makeup look was achieved by Jacqueline Scordato.  She truly is an Artist!!!

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The magazine layout!

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LOOK 1:  BOHO 2

Sexy cut out swimsuit by Isabella Rose, (Dillard’s)  Hat and Cover Up  (Marshalls).  Dolci is my personal property and she did not make the final cut!

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The day of the photo shoot

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Tom Spitz  amazing and fun photographer, Jacqueline  Scordato, talented Makeup and Hair Stylist, Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom,  Matthew Kaufmann, Art director for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, and Scott Barker, Executive Editor for Tucson Lifestyle Magazine were all so  present and dedicated to making this layout beautiful.  We got lucky the day of shooting because it was quiet around the pool and the temperature was bearable!

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The magazine layout!

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My favorite shot by Tom Spitz!  OMG amazing and this didn’t make the magazine.

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LOOK 2:  GLAMOUR

Nothing says Glamour like a big brimmed hat!  Add black and white and it is Mega Watt Hollywood!   I love this suit by Michael Kors and the Jewelry to compliment. (Dillard’s)

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The day of the photoshoot:

WOW factor !!!  Sunglasses and hat from my private collection

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Black Fan I found at Cost Plus.  Perfect for the shoot!

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The magazine layout!

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LOOK 3:   RETRO

Lots of ideas on this theme!!  I ordered the vintage swim caps from Amazon.  Indeed they were cute but in the end were not used.  The umbrella which I loved was also not used.

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In addition to the swim attire I had the idea Bridgette would be floating on a huge pink peacock .  Thanks to Leslie’s Pools it happened!

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It took Matthew over an hour to inflate it!  Scott and Matthew are assisting  Pinky to the pool!

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Hey that’s not Bridgette!!!

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Goofing off in between shots.

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The magazine layout! (Gianni Bini swimsuit, Dillard’s)

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LOOK 4: ATHLEISURE

The rash guard didn’t make the cut.  My dog Dolci knew she wouldn’t be invited the day of the shoot so she had to make the best of it on dress rehearsal day!

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This  look did make the cut!  Awesome pants by Lilly Pulitzer,(Marshall’s)  and suit by Jessica Simpson. (Dillard’s)

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The swimsuit ended  up being  in two fun shots.  Both water elements with accessories  to create two different looks

The day of the photo shoot:

Awesome action shot!  Tom asked her to leap and jump many times to get the best look!

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The swim cap from Amazon.

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The magazine layout!

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Note to self: Must wear sunglasses!

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2ND LOOK : ATHLEISURE

Amazing!

Jewelry (Dillards)

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Tom and Matthew making it work!

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The magazine layout!

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LOOK 5:  THE COVERSHOT

I wasn’t sure on this final look but we were playing around and having fun.   I knew I would be applying ten pounds of jewelry on her the day of!  Dolci photobombing again!

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My inspiration!

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The day of the photo shoot:

Bridgette is officially now a Goddess! Jewelry and Hat from my private collection.

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The Cover of the June Issue!!!!

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The towel collection everyone wants!

I purchased these a few years ago at H&M  and I knew they would come in handy one day! Perfect for Tucson!

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The amazing team that I had the good fortune to work with!

From left to right:  Myself, Scott Barker, Bridgette Slagis, Jacqueline Scordato, Matthew Kauffman, Tom Spitz, and Joseph Boldt.

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In conclusion what a great day and great results!  I hope this blog inspired you to go out and look your best this Swim Season!  To have a look at the magazine go to:http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=411165&ver=html5&p=1

 

Project Makeover Winner of the Year 2017 The Pictures you won’t see in Tucson LifeStyle Magazine!

Each year one lucky lady is selected to get a Grand Makeover that will change her life!!!

The Makeover Prize includes:

Ten Outfits Style Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Closet Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Personal Shopping + $700.00 to spend, Bra and foundations to take home with custom fitting , Makeup by artist at Dillard’s , Hair cut and style at Gadabout , Professional photo shoot by Tom Spitz, and an appearance on the  Morning Blend  TV Segment.

Blanca was the winner!!!

Selected as one of the three finalists her winning answer to why she needed this makeover was:

I need help to improve myself and I’m tired.  I don’t have the energy to do it alone.

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So let the Project begin!!!

Style Evaluation and Closet Evaluation:

Basically it should be called the “discovery”.  Why?  Because Blanca as well as all my other clients who have braved the Closet Evaluation  discover things about themselves they never have before.022 Blanca saw in her closet who she was many years ago, her current life (mom),  with very boring (mom) clothes, and  the forecast of who she wanted to be !

She forecasted a  mother who was well put together, who had style but still comfortable.  She realized the time she was spending on herself was next to nothing and it showed.

She realized holding on to garments that didn’t  work for her was a disservice to her.030

She also learned the best clothes that compliment her body type (apple).  She learned her assets being her gorgeous legs, skin tone, arms, beautiful face and smile.  She learned  how to accentuate those areas as much as possible and taking the eye away from her challenging areas being her midsection area.037

As we edited her closet , half was tossed because the item was dated, stained and old, did not fit,  and was in the wrong color for her.  Her color palette lends to vibrant rich colors so all pastels and muted tops, sweaters and jackets left the building!022

We also placed her full length mirror in a strategic place so she could actually see herself from head to toe!

By the end of our 2.5 hours she was energized and the transformation had begun! We had created a shopping list of new items that would achieve her style goal of looking like a cool mom and being comfortable at the same time!

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Fear Factor shopping! Comments I get before diving into the racks of clothes are ” I’m overwhelmed,  We won’t find anything, nothing will look good on me”.  As insecurities are surfacing I know with all my years of experience successes are on the way!

We found beautiful pieces at Dillards with the $700.00 prize money. 072

Since Blanca is a stay at home mom, and property manager we were looking for casual, fun well fitting clothes. Basically her ” uniform ” to be was a great pair of jeans and leggings for the season and beautiful tops that were steps up from her boring tees.

Here are some outfits we found at Dillard’s

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041She was in need of the little black dress! This dress by Theory  is simple and drapes beautifully to conceal her tummy area, along with the turquoise necklaces to draw attention upward around her face.  The  hem length shows off her legs and highlights  her shoes.  These shoes are very Prada-esque!!! Without the prada price

You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans! You just have to know how to wear them!  In her case the leopard top fits perfectly, skimming the body and concealing her tummy.   The blouse has a v shape at her neckline, which is also flattering.  045

She also needed some new shoes for the wow factor !

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As we were shopping for shoes Blanca went right to the 5 inch platforms.  Very impressive!! That doesn’t happen to often with my clients, due to the consistent need to wear flat comfortable shoes.  Taking the elevator up with a high heel is an added plus for petite frame!036

Makeup

Samantha Ruiz was the talented makeup artist who applied Armani makeup that took Blanca from ordinary to extraordinary!006

Makeup was applied using Artis Brushes, resulting in a flawless natural finish.  Brows filled in,  eye shadows applied, kohl eyeliner to bring out her eyes bronzer to contour her cheeks.  Rosy brown lipstick to show off Blanca’s full luscious lips.

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Professional Photo Shoot Day! (The photos that are in  Feb Issue of Tucson LifeStyle Magazine for the story)

To create a beautiful photo many people are involved!  The Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Scott Barker, Tom Spitz, Photographer

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Artistic Director of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Matthew Kaufman

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Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom Spitz

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and myself the Stylist is what is needed to make a great photo. We all collaborate to make it work.  It is a very fun process.  I love it!!

Before the photo shoot, I also need to mention Blanca went to Dillard’s for makeup. Samantha from Dillard’s Armani Cosmetic counter did her magic again, and Gadabout for her hair to be done  prior to  the photo shoot! Megan was the wonderful Hair Stylist from Gadabout.

Blanca had not had her haircut in a year and a half.  She also had a stressful year which resulted in hair loss, and lost the luster too.

Megan gave her a rich conditioning treatment, trimmed, shaped her hair around her face and styled it for the photoshoot !  Blanca was enjoying every minute of it and her hair looked gorgeous in the end!

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The location of the shoot was at Highland Park near her house.  This was of great convenience because her entire family was going to be involved with a photo , along with us running back and forth  to her house for wardrobe outfits.

Shot 1:  Being treated like a queen from her family was the first shot!  How fun as they showered her with treats and love! Dillard’s provided the awesome couch that Ted Baker provided Dillard’s  for his clothing line.  I provided the rest of the props.

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Blanca is wearing a coral shell  which adds a punch of color. The vest although we can’t see it in the picture adds structure.  It  slims her waistline along with adding a layered look without the bulk because they are both sleeveless.  A cardigan or jacket could be added for continued layering, but the vest is the detail a lot of us would not think to do!

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Shot 2    Wow!!!  Blanca is so beautiful here, nothing else needs to be said.

The blouse is so colorful and  extremely flattering on her.  The cognac booties hit perfectly in proportion to where the jean hem ends.  Simple outfit formula: blouse with interesting elements+ great fitting jeans+ cool current shoes+ jewelry = Fabulous Outfit!!!!

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Shot 3

This is my cruiser bike that was a prop in the photo shoot and it was a hit, because Tucson Lifestyle used it on the cover of the magazine!  Blanca was having so much fun and she seemed like a natural at modeling!

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Want to lose 10 pounds visually?  Vertical dressing!!!  Wearing the same color on the top on bottom, as Blanca is doing here. Add an interesting cardigan, great pair of shoes and jewelry and you’ve got yourself a great outfit!

Me and my bicycle!!!  I was goofing off in between the shots taken.

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Blancas transformation was a total success!  Her desire to be open to new ideas, wanting to learn and the willingness to make daily changes are the ingredients needed. She committed to making an investment on herself.    She was absolutely delightful to work with and I think for both of us it was a rich fulfilling experience.

And I am already looking forward to next year for another remarkable transformation!!!

If you are in need of a Makeover and want to improve your image please contact Monica at Monica@Tenoutfits.com.

Project Makeover Winner of the Year 2017 The Pictures you won’t see in Tucson LifeStyle Magazine!

Each year one lucky lady is selected to get a Grand Makeover that will change her life!!!

The Makeover Prize includes:

Ten Outfits Style Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Closet Evaluation,  Ten Outfits Personal Shopping + $700.00 to spend, Bra and foundations to take home with custom fitting , Makeup by artist at Dillard’s , Hair cut and style at Gadabout , Professional photo shoot by Tom Spitz, and an appearance on the  Morning Blend  TV Segment.

Blanca was the winner!!!

Selected as one of the three finalists her winning answer to why she needed this makeover was:

I need help to improve myself and I’m tired.  I don’t have the energy to do it alone.

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So let the Project begin!!!

Style Evaluation and Closet Evaluation:

Basically it should be called the “discovery”.  Why?  Because Blanca as well as all my other clients who have braved the Closet Evaluation  discover things about themselves they never have before.022 Blanca saw in her closet who she was many years ago, her current life (mom),  with very boring (mom) clothes, and  the forecast of who she wanted to be !

She forecasted a  mother who was well put together, who had style but still comfortable.  She realized the time she was spending on herself was next to nothing and it showed.

She realized holding on to garments that didn’t  work for her was a disservice to her.030

She also learned the best clothes that compliment her body type (apple).  She learned her assets being her gorgeous legs, skin tone, arms, beautiful face and smile.  She learned  how to accentuate those areas as much as possible and taking the eye away from her challenging areas being her midsection area.037

As we edited her closet , half was tossed because the item was dated, stained and old, did not fit,  and was in the wrong color for her.  Her color palette lends to vibrant rich colors so all pastels and muted tops, sweaters and jackets left the building!022

We also placed her full length mirror in a strategic place so she could actually see herself from head to toe!

By the end of our 2.5 hours she was energized and the transformation had begun! We had created a shopping list of new items that would achieve her style goal of looking like a cool mom and being comfortable at the same time!

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Fear Factor shopping! Comments I get before diving into the racks of clothes are ” I’m overwhelmed,  We won’t find anything, nothing will look good on me”.  As insecurities are surfacing I know with all my years of experience successes are on the way!

We found beautiful pieces at Dillards with the $700.00 prize money. 072

Since Blanca is a stay at home mom, and property manager we were looking for casual, fun well fitting clothes. Basically her ” uniform ” to be was a great pair of jeans and leggings for the season and beautiful tops that were steps up from her boring tees.

Here are some outfits we found at Dillard’s

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016

030

041She was in need of the little black dress! This dress by Theory  is simple and drapes beautifully to conceal her tummy area, along with the turquoise necklaces to draw attention upward around her face.  The  hem length shows off her legs and highlights  her shoes.  These shoes are very Prada-esque!!! Without the prada price

You don’t have to be skinny to wear skinny jeans! You just have to know how to wear them!  In her case the leopard top fits perfectly, skimming the body and concealing her tummy.   The blouse has a v shape at her neckline, which is also flattering.  045

She also needed some new shoes for the wow factor !

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As we were shopping for shoes Blanca went right to the 5 inch platforms.  Very impressive!! That doesn’t happen to often with my clients, due to the consistent need to wear flat comfortable shoes.  Taking the elevator up with a high heel is an added plus for petite frame!036

Makeup

Samantha Ruiz was the talented makeup artist who applied Armani makeup that took Blanca from ordinary to extraordinary!006

Makeup was applied using Artis Brushes, resulting in a flawless natural finish.  Brows filled in,  eye shadows applied, kohl eyeliner to bring out her eyes bronzer to contour her cheeks.  Rosy brown lipstick to show off Blanca’s full luscious lips.

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Professional Photo Shoot Day! (The photos that are in  Feb Issue of Tucson LifeStyle Magazine for the story)

To create a beautiful photo many people are involved!  The Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Scott Barker, Tom Spitz, Photographer

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Artistic Director of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, Matthew Kaufman

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Joseph Boldt, Assistant to Tom Spitz

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and myself the Stylist is what is needed to make a great photo. We all collaborate to make it work.  It is a very fun process.  I love it!!

Before the photo shoot, I also need to mention Blanca went to Dillard’s for makeup. Samantha from Dillard’s Armani Cosmetic counter did her magic again, and Gadabout for her hair to be done  prior to  the photo shoot! Megan was the wonderful Hair Stylist from Gadabout.

Blanca had not had her haircut in a year and a half.  She also had a stressful year which resulted in hair loss, and lost the luster too.

Megan gave her a rich conditioning treatment, trimmed, shaped her hair around her face and styled it for the photoshoot !  Blanca was enjoying every minute of it and her hair looked gorgeous in the end!

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The location of the shoot was at Highland Park near her house.  This was of great convenience because her entire family was going to be involved with a photo , along with us running back and forth  to her house for wardrobe outfits.

Shot 1:  Being treated like a queen from her family was the first shot!  How fun as they showered her with treats and love! Dillard’s provided the awesome couch that Ted Baker provided Dillard’s  for his clothing line.  I provided the rest of the props.

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Blanca is wearing a coral shell  which adds a punch of color. The vest although we can’t see it in the picture adds structure.  It  slims her waistline along with adding a layered look without the bulk because they are both sleeveless.  A cardigan or jacket could be added for continued layering, but the vest is the detail a lot of us would not think to do!

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Shot 2    Wow!!!  Blanca is so beautiful here, nothing else needs to be said.

The blouse is so colorful and  extremely flattering on her.  The cognac booties hit perfectly in proportion to where the jean hem ends.  Simple outfit formula: blouse with interesting elements+ great fitting jeans+ cool current shoes+ jewelry = Fabulous Outfit!!!!

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Shot 3

This is my cruiser bike that was a prop in the photo shoot and it was a hit, because Tucson Lifestyle used it on the cover of the magazine!  Blanca was having so much fun and she seemed like a natural at modeling!

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Want to lose 10 pounds visually?  Vertical dressing!!!  Wearing the same color on the top on bottom, as Blanca is doing here. Add an interesting cardigan, great pair of shoes and jewelry and you’ve got yourself a great outfit!

Me and my bicycle!!!  I was goofing off in between the shots taken.

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Blancas transformation was a total success!  Her desire to be open to new ideas, wanting to learn and the willingness to make daily changes are the ingredients needed. She committed to making an investment on herself.    She was absolutely delightful to work with and I think for both of us it was a rich fulfilling experience.

And I am already looking forward to next year for another remarkable transformation!!!

If you are in need of a Makeover and want to improve your image please contact Monica at Monica@Tenoutfits.com.

The pictures you won’t see in the June Issue of Tucson Life Style Magazine Buzzing Around Bisbee!

This photo story  was about two girls on a road trip to Bisbee.

Bisbee is a great little getaway only 1.5 hours from Tucson with fun shops, interesting architecture and sites, music, and a cool laid back vibe for enjoying yourself without a lot of expectations.  

We started at 6am and didn’t stop till 6pm!  The entire day was great because of the team I was working with!

Scott Barker, Editor of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine102Tom Spitz, Photographer047 Matthew Kauffman , Art Director Tucson Lifestyle Magazine048 Joseph Boldt, Photo Assistant104  The models:  Vanessa Baird, and Paige McGiffen. 079 OUCH!!!054 Bisbee is always a fun visit and the opportunity to do a photo shoot made the day quite an adventure!

The last shoot of the day was at the  Shady Dell Airstream Park.   I couldn’t help but reminisce  when I stayed there 18 years ago when it was $45.00 a night! I was booked in the  Spartan  Airstream004

To prepare for the success of the photo shoot I need to always visualize the outfits that will compliment the different “scenes”.  My job was also to create multiple looks using one base such as the dresses I chose and switch out accessories, add a jacket etc.  They worked out beautifully.IMG_1108 (1) Vintage Luggage that I had as props in my Store in California a zillion years ago!!!074

Flippin excited that Paige wore my Elvis dress!!!

IMG_1107 My instinct as a Stylist is to try on all the outfits the models will be wearing.  If I know it looks good on me I know it will look good on them.  IMG_1102The wardrobe and most props for the shoot were exclusively from my private collection. Having owned a Vintage Consignment Store Timeless in Palo Alto California  I have managed to hold on to quite a collection!FullSizeRender

008It was a great day as I expected.   The shoot ran smoothly and on time which doesn’t always happen.  We started out by the Fairgrounds to do the “car shoot”.  Notice the bangles Paige is wearing !!!099

You gotta love a guy who smiles while shlepping!

083Vanessa striking a pose! Vanessa wearing Vintage  Circa 80’s Ralph Lauren Jacket103Getting psyched for Bisbee!!107Wayne’s Toys AKA  Tucson Auto Museum  provided the choice automobile. I enjoyed meeting the owners, they were a lovely couple.

090Once the car shoot was completed we all jumped in our cars and caravanned to Bisbee to finish the story.

Here is a look at my  behind the scenes shots :

First Bisbee stop:  Bisbee Breakfast Club where we all enjoyed lunch together too!112

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113The Beginning of the 1000 Step Stair Climb!  In front of the Copper Queen Hotel

134I  achieved completing these steps a few years ago.  Here with my friend Susan Firth.037_edited-1When walking the stairs you get to see so many  intricate, funky exteriors of little houses, bizarro stuff,  arts and crafts,   etc while you climb.014 080054_edited-1

Shopping Antiques at Acacia Art and Antiques

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124I love this store and of course I found something perfect to add to my white pottery collection.  I have a beautiful friend  in Boston who collects white pottery and I started a little collection of my own so everytime I look at it I think of her!006

Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill

Hustling is the name of the Game

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137Walking down  Main Street

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I trekked on the opposite side of the street for this shot!  I love it!!!

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Shady Dell RV Park!!! Vanessa wearing Betsy Johnson, J Crew Shoes.  Paige wearing Anthropologie, Lucky Sandals

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Vanessa, pull yourself together!

image Paige looks like a 1940’s glamour movie star!!  PJ’s:  Natori and Anthropologie

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The only phone booth left in America!!!

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Matthew said I was saluting at the end of the day with a smile!!   I enjoyed the day in Bisbee indeed!bisbee

I love the fantasy of a photo shoot.  They are a lot of work but also a lot of fun and the pics in the end are amazing that are selected for the magazine spread.  Thanks Tom Spitz for your amazing photos!

June Issue of Tucson LifeStyle — Check it out and  go cool off in Bisbee during the summer!!!

 

Behind the Scenes of a Tucson Lifestyle Photo Shoot

Being part of a Photo shoot is very exciting!   And being the Stylist for a Tucson Lifestyle Photo shoot is even more exhilarating!!  March 2016 Issue was just that.  There is so much prep work that is involved prior to the big day I thought I would fill you in on a little of the behind scenes and what it takes to have a great success the day of!

The Wardrobe:

In order to achieve “the look” of what you are forecasting for the shoot you must hunt and gather for the clothes. Two Words: TIME CONSUMING!!!  This task was challenging for me because I was first asked to shop local designers which was few and not particularly “the look” I had conjured up in my mind.  Whats a Stylist to do?  Move to Plan B!!!  Shop Local Boutiques  and add a few of your own personal items as well!!!  Now things were coming into place.  As I worked this process I did enjoy meeting so many interesting people. Laura Tanzer who I had met before gladly provided us with her amazing Palazzo pants, Laura-Tanzer-red-lotus-chiffon-with-high-waist-cotton-striped-pantMoni, Creator  of Cry Baby Couture greeted me at the door with her standard poodle who also greeted me enthusiastically on two legs and two paws on my shoulders!  Moni designed the amazing feather dress!!!IMG_0749

FullSizeRenderShahida Parides provided gorgeous exotic printed jumpsuits and tunics.FullSizeRender (1)  Avenue Boutique also helped out with providing some cute bralettes to go with palazzo pants and cute tops.

The Jewelry:

Roni, creator of Bella Sonoma Jewelry  fascinated me with her beautiful home, art and Limoge collection.FullSizeRender (4)  We are both from the Bay Area  and  seemed to hit if off instantly not to mention shared interests with the love of antiques and art!   I listened and  learned  about her mother who came from nothing in the Mid West  and built a Retail empire.    Her portrait hung above a beautiful antique table as I hand picked jewelry for the shoot. FullSizeRender (3)

There was also an  exquisite chandelier I was drooling over !!!FullSizeRender (5)

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Charlene of Bowman and Hock was just what I needed one morning, I just didn’t know it till I met her .  We met in the parking lot of Chase Bank and the trunk of her car opened up as I excitedly was shown her collection that had a Dolci and Gabbana over the top feel. This transaction felt slightly illegal as pieces were pulled out of baggies and displayed on my neck. The mirror was the reflection in the  car window.  I felt somewhat calm and in control until she pulled out the GUN!!    I had to purchase it, because I was in a Gun token mood that morning!    Charlene was vibrant,  funny, enthusiastic and I loved her  jewelry designs. The necklace is the most mind blowing piece I  own. IMG_0902 Your collection really isn’t complete without a  F*** Gun around your neck!  I never get ahead!!! I wasn’t suppose to buy anything for myself.

The Location

Merci Gallery was the  stage to which all beautiful pictures came to life the day of.

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The Editor and myself discovered it one day as we were  casually walking down 9th Avenue.  As the small little Merci words popped out on an Industrial building, naturally we were intrigued since after all its TUCSON!!!  Thalissa as we later would build a relationship opened the door and it was a vision of wonderfulness. A wall of green plants, cool furniture,  champagne bottles and art on old brick walls.  This place was COOL!   This was the spot for the Shoot!!!024

The Players

In order to pull off something amazing a lot of talented people need to be in the line up!!! Let’s start with Tom Spitz the photographer. 019 This man has so much positive energy and enthusiasm I look at him in awe and learn. He is so easy to work with not to mention his amazing talent behind the camera.  I was surprised when he asked me my opinion on how things should be set up , looks ect… Okay!!!!!!!

Scott Barker: Executive Editor of Tucson Lifestyle. IMG_0750 Another  very cool guy to work with.  Very laid back and goes with the flow.  Present at the photo shoot  he is a believer in the people that surround him will do what they do best and he trusts them to do just that.  He is the diplomat needed at every shoot and  to keep the flow going and the work at the highest level.  He succeeds!  After the pictures have been selected for the magazine  he will write the story  that goes along with them.

Matthew Kauffman: Art Director of Tucson LifeStyle. A quiet player but very supportive and enthusiastic.  He is very much a part of the success of the end result because he is editing all the pictures and setting it up in the magazine._MG_0884

Studio 110 ( Hair and Makeup)

Vanessa Baird is the girl wonder who is beauty, brains , and overall awesome person!! 004I can thank my web designer Brittney Christie for introducing me to Vanessa when I was asking about Hair Stylists who would come on board for my Makeover of the Year Project 2015.  She is responsible for Jodis hair! ( Posted  Feb 2015)038  Vanessa and I pow wowed prior to the shoot with “looks” where both hair, makeup and wardrobe would come together making each model look amazing.FullSizeRender (7) I was trying on the clothes, texting her and she would respond back with what do you think of this hairstyle to go with….  When she texted me with “What do you think of a Turban”?  I gasped with excitement—- YES!!!!!!!  The turban ended up making the cover!!!006

015So not only did Vanessa and her team create amazing looks that day but Goddess Vanessa also was a model for the shoot!!! I am glad to say I know her now before she becomes famous!032

The Models

Models are scary and intimidating! Or we think they are! Why??? Isn’t it obvious??? They are tall, thin, young, thin, beautful, thin.  Get the picture.  Well the models selected for the day were just what I described above  but also  so nice and approachable.  I got to know each of them, Amber 009and Lauren 031And Thalissa 044Not only were they great to work with but extremely professional!

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This was a very long day!!!!   I started loading up my car at 6am,IMG_0747 and picking up last minute wardrobe items from Avenue Boutique as well as ending my day returning those items  at 6pm .  Patience is required because there is a lot of waiting around in between shots while hair and makeup is being done.   My duties for the day consisted of dressing the models, selecting the accessories, working with Tom, Scott, and Matthew on the vision of the poses and exact location of the shot.   Lunch needed to be ordered  and picked up also!  Ultimately I felt the need to  make sure everyone  involved was comfortable and  relaxed. 027 I also needed to jump in during the shot to make sure bra straps weren’t exposed, collars were in place, hemlines pulled down, jewelry behaving ect…  No dozing!!!! Be alert at all times.

The shoot was a total success in my opinion.  The entire team was in sync and we all worked together with out big egos getting in the way. I have heard it doesn’t go down like this all the time. I guess I got lucky!!

Below is the edited final pictures in the Magazine.  Stay tuned we are heading for Bisbee next for a Road Fashion Trip!!!

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