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velvet shorts are not allowed

I took part in a professional photo shoot yesterday. I don't want to go into the details about why this was (at least not yet), but the photographer was LA-based Lauren Greenfield. She is known for her portraits of girls and women and I have her books GIRL CULTURE and FAST FORWARD.

GIRL CULTURE instigated a bit of an argument with my ex, after I bought the book a couple of years ago and left it in the living room.

HE: (looking at the front cover, which is a photo of a teenage girl adjusting her bra and looking at herself in the mirror) Why is there porn out on the table in full view?

ME: (indignant) It's not porn!

I mentioned this to Lauren and she laughed.

The shoot took place at my house. The day before, she had sent over her assistants to scout out the house and take some quick photos of it and of me. Then she brought over her crew and a hair/makeup/stylist person. Lauren and I went to my closet to assemble the necessary outfits. "Black is not allowed," she said, which eliminated at least two thirds of my wardrobe right there. At one point she suggested a pair of velvet shorts (which I forgot I even had) and heels. That did not happen.

It amazes me how much effort is required to get that one "perfect" shot. Lauren would change cameras and order her lighting guy to make adjustments and then she'd take some shots and they'd confer for a bit. Then she'd order one of her assistants to change something in the background, or she'd tell me to take one step to the left, and the process would begin all over again. The hair/makeup/stylist was constantly hovering nearby, calling, "Stepping!" and then stepping in to dab my forehead or reapply lip gloss or adjust my hair. A lot of time, effort and professionalism went into making me look as attractive as possible. If only I could look that good in daily life, but that would require walking down the street and going about my business with one person holding this big board-like thing over my head to filter and wrap the light and another person yelling "Stepping!" every five minutes. Which would make general conversation kind of difficult.


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suricattus
Jul. 17th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
One of the reasons I wear so little makeup is that I used to do it for (amateur) stagework and studio photography. Far too much fuss for daily wear.

also: velvet shorts? Really? *is deeply dubious*
moschus
Jul. 17th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
They seemed like a good idea at the time. Or maybe they didn't, but apparently I bought them anyway.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
I miss your natural look.

What is this photoshoot look for? A tell all book? A charity campaign? The lion story. Dying to know.
matociquala
Jul. 17th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
*like button*
(Anonymous)
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I love the cutline on the photo! It's amazing how much work goes into looking natural.
epicureanangel
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
That's col that you got to meet her. I had forgotten her name but I remember seeing that very photo you described at the Annenberg space for photography.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I think you are "steppin' fetching" just the way you are.

Ha! Sometimes I kill me.

Jeff P.
a7210148
Sep. 7th, 2010 11:11 am (UTC)
Thanks to the upcoming World Basketball Festival, we now get a “USA” Air Jordan 2010 Team. It seems as if more people like the Air Jordan 2010 Team than the original Air Jordan 2010 because of the windowless side panels. I’m not one of those people who likes the team better; I think the original
Nike Shoes 2010 Shoes looks much better.Since this jordan Shoes Team is made for the USA team, the colorway should be clear. White can be seen on the side panels, toe, shoe laces, tongue, part of the midsole and the entire outsole. Navy blue covers the toe, heel, inner lining and above the midsole. Red accents appear on the tongue, toe, heel, lace panels and the midsole. The sneaker is constructed of perforated white leather with larger perforations placed on the side panels.
bin281422091
Sep. 7th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Thanks to the upcoming World Basketball Festival, we now get a “USA” Air Jordan 2010 Team. It seems as if more people like the Air Jordan 2010 Team than the original Air Jordan 2010 because of the windowless side panels. I’m not one of those people who likes the team better; I think the original
Nike Shoes 2010 Shoes looks much better.Since this jordan Shoes Team is made for the USA team, the colorway should be clear. White can be seen on the side panels, toe, shoe laces, tongue, part of the midsole and the entire outsole. Navy blue covers the toe, heel, inner lining and above the midsole. Red accents appear on the tongue, toe, heel, lace panels and the midsole. The sneaker is constructed of perforated white leather with larger perforations placed on the side panels.
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I'm the author of three published novels: the dark fantasies BLOODANGEL and LORD OF BONES (Roc/Penguin) and the YA supernatural thriller UNINVITED (MTV/Simon&Schuster). I also have stories in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE 2 and ZOMBIES: ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HUNGRY DEAD. I'm working on a psychological thriller called THE DECADENTS. I am divorced, with sons, and live in Bel Air.

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