As some of you know, I spent a week in Paris at the end of August. First off, I love Paris. I lived there for a couple months about 2 years ago. This time around I wanted to focus on my modeling. I was so incredibly blessed with the many opportunities I got on this trip.
Before leaving I schedule several shoots with local photographers. I will let you in on my secret modelmayhem.com. I know not much of a secret but what you may not know is that MM is great to use for overseas shoots. I don’t like it much for the states as I find I only get weirdos and creepers but I have had great luck finding photogs in Europe. Of course I am careful (see post about being safe while booking). I only work with photogs who have at least two written recommendations. And I always work in a public space.
Any way, I was quite fortunate again and found several talented people to work with. I hate to play favorites as they all gave me good photos but Scander was by far the most talented. He was the first photographer I worked with and it happened to be the day I arrived!
I arrived at 9:30 in the morning, after a long and mostly sleepless flight from Chicago. By the time I got my bags and travel by train and metro to my hotel it was close to noon. Fortunately, my room was ready and I was able to settle in and take a much needed shower. I had a full day planned as, at the time I was only planning on being in Paris a few days before going on to Belgium.
By the time my shoot rolled around at 19h (7pm). I had been all over the south portion of Paris shopping, eating and getting my bearings. Of course, I spent a good 90 minutes on hair and make up before heading to my shoot.
I must have looked ridiculous taking the metro with all my gear. Including a gigantic pink bag which held one of my dresses. Let me diverge here for a moment and fill you in on my garments.
I had several garments. For this first shoot I wore an incredible purple evening/ball gown with cape by Shawn of Mimi Wolfe. She custom tailored it for me and it fit like a glove. I also wore a bronze sequined dress by Mac Fashion House. I modeled the bronze dress for Carlisia of Mac Fashion House a few weeks prior and fell in LOVE!
For another shoot I brought several pieces from my good friend and designer Tony or Trash By Tony. These pieces were anything but trash. Chanel inspired outfits that fit perfectly in Paris.
Now you may ask did you buy these garments? No I didn’t these wonderful designers loaned me these pieces to take with me. I can’t tell you enough how important it is to network. I met all three of these designers through Chance. So even though Chance is unpaid in the end I gained so much by being able to take these beautiful pieces to Paris and shoot in them.
Any way back to my story.
After wrestling my garments to Pont Alexandre III, I met up with Scander. Then had the fairly awkward experience of dressing in public without showing anything. Fortunately this was not my first time and though I may have looked like a crazy person I was able to change without flashing anyone. I had two more wardrobe changes during the shoot. Which also included a 3 mile walk from Pont Alexandre III to the Eiffel Tower.
What an experience that was to shoot in the heart of Paris with all the people around wearing such incredible dresses. Quite a few people stopped and/or made comments. I know enough french I could make out what they were saying. All complimentary. I got called a princess a few times and had several little girls absolutely in awe.
Scander was great to work with. He has a talented eye. He was also quite patient with my jet lagged self. The best part is that even though I was jetlagged, hot (it was warm with high humidity, ick!), hungry and sleep deprived we got incredible shots! I give him a lot of credit for that but will also pat my self on the back. Then again that’s what we have to do sometimes. And if you can’t suck it up and produce good work, you probably shouldn’t be in the industry.
I so wish I could share the photos from this and my other shoots with you but we are submitting them for publication so they have to stay under wraps until they come out.
My second shoot was with Sharbel. We shot at Luxembourg Gardens. I wore Tony’s garments for this shoot. We got some good shots but unfortunately we got rained out and I was only able to get a couple outfits in. We tried to push through but there were no covered areas and I couldn’t risk getting the garments wet.
The following day I had my final shoot and unfortunately, I did not enjoy this one as much. Either the photog didn’t respect models or women in general. He was talented but I did not like his attitude. I will not include his name here as that would be unprofessional. He may have just been having an off day. And as I said he was skilled with the camera.
Though after my shoots my plans changed dramatically it all worked out for the best. I ended up staying in Paris rather than going to Belgium but I got to hang out with some friends and of course do more shopping!!
For those of you wanting to travel and work I have one word of advise. DO IT!! Of course be careful, be safe but don’t let uncertainty stand in your way. It is an incredible experience whether you are doing it for work or fun.
Here are some photos I took while out and about in Paris.