After weeks of preparation, the day of the photo shoot had finally arrived. When my alarm rang that morning, the sun hadn’t even risen yet and it took all my will power not to turn over and go back to sleep. I knew it was an important day so I pushed myself to get ready as quickly as possible. The feelings of both excitement and dread occupied my mind as I showered and got dressed. Why you ask? Well as much as photo shoots can be glamorous with the gorgeous models, stylish clothes, and fun props, they also take a lot of hard work and energy!
We had packed the car the night before so we wouldn’t waste any time in the morning. Time is crucial during a photo shoot, and there is never enough of it. When we arrived at the studio we unpacked the car as quickly as we could while trying to keep everything in tact. As the models began hair and make-up, I set up the food (because what’s a photo shoot without tons of food to snack on) and then organized all of the swimwear to make things easily accessible during the shoot. The studio assistant helped set up our props, which included blowing up quite a few pool rafts and floaties, as well as one large pool swan. I don’t know what we would have done without her, photo shoots always need as many hands as possible to run smoothly.
We had 3 beautiful models to photograph, 1 missy model and 2 curvy models. There were plenty of new products that needed to be photographed, and as I said before there is never enough time to get everything done, so we needed to move fast. As one model was being photographed I dressed the other models, then they would switch. I tried to have the next model all ready to go so we wouldn’t waste any time. They were photographed both individually and as a group, and we tried to mix and match our many styles to show the diversity of our product. Sara, one of HydroChic’s co-founders, stood by the photographer to make sure the shots looked just right. Every so often the make-up artists would interrupt a shot to touch up someone’s make-up or fix their hair. We had tons of props that we would throw into the shot when we felt it was needed. There were balls, tennis rackets, yoga mats, hair accessories, sunglasses, you name it we had it! We all had a lot of fun with the props, and laughter filled the studio throughout the shoot. I think everyone will agree that the favorite prop was the large blow-up swan. The models couldn’t wait to pose on that thing, and they had a lot of fun doing so. The atmosphere was fun and energetic which made our jobs so much easier!
After countless hours, many outfit changes and plenty of snacking, the photo shoot had finally come to an end. The pile of clothes on the floor was now a large mound, and the once energetic models were now exhausted from a hard day’s work. The day was long and tiring, and although we didn’t get everything done that we had planned, we still did a lot and had fun doing it. We worked with wonderful people who were very professional and made the studio lively and our jobs enjoyable. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day!