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Wrangling for Macy’s

More Macy’s Signage popped up on the subway below Macy’s on 34th Street and in the store itself. Pickle and I went on a little scavenger hunt to find some, and we were successful!

mothers day macysI loved how it all turned out. We got a lot done in one day!

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Mother’s Day at Macy’s

I love working with Liz because I know we will be doing something special on set.  Ironically, I did Mother’s Day with her before. We found ourselves back at it again and she did not disappoint.

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Yes we were on ladders. No, that grass was not cozy.  Yes, it was freezing cold and there was a heater blowing. Yes, that little pumpkin asked if she was done a bajillion times. No, the flowers are not real. Yes, that woman has two children of her own and a concave stomach.  Yes, she is Brazilian.

On another note, one of my favorite Mom’s is friend Alison, who stars as Edith at 6:26 in Downton, the Musical. Check her out.

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I worked for Macy’s a few times this past month.  The most fun shoot was for their Mother’s Day campaign.  It was so beautiful and I worked with very cute children and the most BEAUTIFUL Brazilian models.  Legs forever I tell you.  Like seriously the top of one model’s leg I swear lined up with my saggy milky boobs.

It’s always fun to work with the photographer Liz Von Hoene because she takes the most beautiful photographs.  The last time I worked with her was as a model in a Marriott Courtyard Weddings ad, and I got what I thought was my period that day—turns out I was getting a Pickle! Needless to say, we had a lot to catch up on.

The other Macy’s day was for their weekly ads.  We can have a little more fun on set there because there is much less pressure.  We usually have a ton of looks to shoot and want to keep the kids and babies happy, so they are on set and off again…in and out.

That morning my babies were not super happy, and one in particular did a very dramatic hand to forehead-bending his body in half to place the palm of his hand to the floor.  It was awesome. It deserved a caption.

The highlight of that day was meeting Breaker Novogratz.  I was a fan of 9 By Design….mostly because they have 7 children–I mean…come on, how awesome is that.  For some reason 7 is awesome, but 19…not so much.  We had a fun time talking between looks and even getting some 80′s aerobics moves on.  I was also excited to catch up with Scott Patric….it’s fun to see him on Project Runway doing all the models makeup.

wranglingJust so you know, the look for spring is messy up-dos….just observing all the crazy hair coming to the set.  And I was reminded of the song Thrift Shop. I am not a fan of the f bomb, but for some reason it works in the song, so much so that I can’t buy the clean version, so I won’t own that song. : (

 

Wrangling for Britax

Remember when I had to wrangle some babies and some boobies? Well, here is the job:

It’s very hard to get a snapshot of this because it moves on the site.

Ironically, I worked with the photographer from this shoot last week for Neiman Marcus.  Also on set were the Clagett triplets, whose claim to fame is they were the baby in Life as we Know It.

Another irony is we had triplets to choose from for a twins shot, and for the majority of the shots, we used just one baby and doubled her with photoshop.  When one triplet isn’t happy, the rest are not happy.  And when one is happy, the rest are too. I would have liked to study the domino effect a little longer. It was completely baffling for this baby wrangler.

Third Person Thursday

The photographer wanted to interview her over the phone before she offered her the job.

She phoned her and it became apparent right away that in order for her to get the job, she was going to need to do a lot of listening, and not a lot of talking, even though at the beginning of the conversation the photographer mentioned that she might like to hear her shpeel.  She never gave the shpeel, just let the lady talk.

Thanks to the conversation she knew she was in for a unique experience on set that day.  She was pretty sure the photographer had little intention of actually inviting her on the set, merely wanted her there to keep tabs on the talent: a large family of non-models, (who were amazing by the way) who had never been in a professional setting.

The photographer introduced her has “their person”, and explained that if they needed anything, they were to come to her.  After the photographer left, she welcomed them with a smile and got them settled in their spot, and started to chat them up.  The 8-year-old girl was extra shy, so she tried to find topics that would interest her.  She let the family know that they needed to mentally prepare for a long day, be prepared to hurry up and wait, change clothes if needed, sit and be tested for lighting, where the bathroom was, encouraged snacking (but not in wardrobe) and tried to give them information that 8 years of experience had taught her, etc. etc.

After a little while, the photographer asked her to come over to the side because she needed to speak to her about her baby son who would be thrown into some of the shots later in the day.  She walked away with her and then the photographer asked her why she was talking to the family, as if that was the absolutely wrong approach to her job for that day (talent wrangler).  She smiled and replied: “I’m building trust.” Insert look from photographer. “These people have never done this before, I am giving them the lay of the land, and the little girl is completely clamming up, so I am trying to get to know her so that she trusts me and will open up and then open up for the camera.”  The photographer kinda shrugged and went on to the next thing.

When it was time for her baby son to be on set, she seemed to think that he needed her breasts.  She observed that the photographer mother would whip out the sisters with the slightest hint of her almost-a-year-old son moving his body into a more horizontal position.  She watched the baby latch on for barely a sip and then get interested in something else.  She thought it was a bizarre dynamic that made little sense.  When it was time for the baby’s shots, she barely gave him or anyone a chance to settle into the scene.  She called upon her to come in and help and she did the best she could…the photographer took a toy from her hand and gave it to the baby, in which she asked: “Are you sure?” (thinking, if you give a baby a toy and then take it away because it can’t be in the shot, the baby will cry…baby NEVER gets a toy/prop unless it can be in the shot), and she snipped: “Yeah, I’m sure.”

When she was invited to interact with the baby for a shot, the photographer yelled at her anytime she put her hand in the frame.  One of her techniques for babies is to touch the baby to get it’s attention, and jump out of frame.  It’s highly effective.  She found it quite difficult to get the baby’s attention without engaging him in touch.  A few times the photographer barked at her to get away or go away and the final straw was when she physically pushed her out of the way.  Keep in mind, she had also been ordered to help in each of these instances as well.

When she was pushed out of the way, she got her feelings hurt.  She felt completely defeated, rejected and like she had been schooled.  Later on the only way she could get the baby to engage in the scene was if the family was singing, and of course that was her idea, not the photographers.  She left the set dreading the next day, the producer told her to take her money, run, and not think about it.  She just appreciates a little respect you know? Needless to say, she will never work with that photographer again.

Wrangling for TJMaxx

I just remembered about a job I wrangled this year, that hit the world wide web.  I had a great time with these kiddos seen here.

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Look at these cutie kids I wrangled this summer.  I saw them smiling at me on an ad, I clicked on it and saw all 3 of them!  Each one had so much character, I just loved chatting with them as they smiled for the camera.

B & B Wrangling

When I first saw the sketches for the shots we were going to do on my job yesterday, I was a bit nervous. Yes it was babies, but it was also nude women. My first thought was: Hey baby, we are going to get you undressed and then hand you to a woman you do not know who’s naked, that’s gonna go over well.

When I got there I then realized that some of these babies could still be nursing and that would throw a whole new wrench in it.  When babies see boobies, they get pretty excited.  Thankfully, ALL babies were weaned.

The photographer did a great job dimming the lights, lighting some candles, setting up space heaters and putting up a lot of barriers so that the set was very dark, warm and intimate. I myself did a photoshoot with my own baby where we were both in our birthday suits, and the environment being made warm and dim really helped us (me) feel more comfortable.

The postures and positions these poor naked models had to put themselves in were super challenging on the body.  It would have been nice if they were pilate-addicts or something, because using their cores yesterday was an understatement.  They had to be super strong in their posture, holding an 8-month-old or larger baby, while hiding their parts, and looking strong and serene, while naked. They had the hardest job of anyone.  Unfortunately for them, I was not only wrangling babies, but also the occasional boob.  Oops, just pop right back behind that baby for me boobie.

We worked a few of those babies so hard yesterday….2 of them fell asleep on set in the middle of being photographed, that was a first for me. It was hilarious but also frustrating because we just had so much to get done.

It was my first wrangling job back after my broken foot and this morning I am sore.  I thought maybe I was over wrangling, but it was nice to be back on set working on a team to get beautiful photographs, even if it  means I have to wrangle babies AND boobs.