“We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day” said the great supermodel Linda Evangelista back in the day.Â And we all rolled our eyes because for goodness sakes, how difficult can standing around in fabulous clothing and makeup for hours and hours day after day and night after night, be?Â If you’ve ever
been addicted to watched the reality competition “America’s Next Top Model” besides not being able to tear your eyes away from a few train wrecks, you get to see a bit of an inside look to what it takes to be a GREAT MODEL. A FANTASTIC MODEL. A FABULOUS MODEL. In other words, one who will get work and end up starving herself for her profession, not because she can’t afford to eat.
I’ve been privy to being a part of many a photo shoot, not because I’m a model (I’m only 5′ 7 1/2″ and come in at an average weight, so my adolescent daydreams of strutting runways and gracing magazine covers for bank would never come true…well, for many many reasons) but because of things I’ve done philanthropically and professionally.Â I’ve even walked a few catwalks in my day, again, only for things I’ve done for charities and the business community. And while each was fun in its own way, and I was pleased with the outcome of the photos (thanks to the art of retouching), it was in fact work. From the long extensive professional makeup application, to the hair do’s and don’ts, to the wardrobe changes, to the posing and posing, and moving and changing and “need more of this!” and “need more of that!” and having to walk, jump, stand, bend, move, stay completely still, sweat in the sun and heat and still smile brilliantly, to even going to 10 different locations within a hotel, or all over the city, let it be known: Modeling can be grueling work, particularly when you emotionally are “over it” and tired and your feet hurt and you are uncomfortable, hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, whatever, your state of physical being may be – your face, your aura, eyes, your mouth, must never show it. You have to give the camera the best of you every single time, like it’s the first time, even 8 hours later.
And so, I had about an 8 hour day into night a few weeks ago for a Current Boutique photo shoot. Owner Carmen Lopez and her husband business partner Chris Davis, who are long time friends of mine, asked me to kindly be a part of this fun experience to help them out. As a fan of them both and of their business from the very beginning, hardly could I say no and I jumped at the chance, after all, it was an honor.Â The photographer was Oriana LayendeckerÂ hair and makeup was by Abigail De Casanova.Â I joined two other models for the shoot and we piled into the van after a long and extensive styling and fittings with several outfits, and sitting for makeup and hair.Â Our mission was to be photographed at various venues around the city. From the National Mall, to the top of the stairs by the Memorial Bridge, to the Kennedy Center, to the Court House Metro, we posed, laughed, moved, gave our all and got changed into the next outfits in the van.Â It was purely exhausting and I had so much makeup and hair spray caked on by the end of the day (around 830pm) and I definitely had been perspiring and yes, my body was aching (it was one of those humid hot October days).
The only thing I was thinking about besides ordering a pizza, downing a glass of red wine, a massage and a hot shower was finally seeing the photos.Â And thanks to Current Boutique, Abigail De Casanova and the awesome photographer Oriana Layendecker, here are a few of the hundreds we took that day.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.