Finally! Time to sit down and blog about what Team 'Nao/Bummer&Bummer has been busy with the past month. We styled a pageant! :-) This was a first for the team, and with much thanks to the lovely Councilor Ruvy "Alay" Ala of Oroquieta City and the Tourism Council for this wonderful opportunity. It was a great corroboration to bring the local pageant scene back on track.
Last month, I and the team's Fashion Designer Dirkie Dabbay, along with our Accessories Designer Burpie Sarraga, went to Oroquieta to style and shoot for the Ms. Photogenic category and the teaser tarp that was going to be put up as an invite for the show. This whole thing was a cramming frenzy as we had around 3 days to buy materials and accessories, hop on a bus for the 5-6 hour trip to Oroquieta (with sewing machine in tow!), straight to a meeting with the girls and their makeup artists, back to the hotel, eat, then sew 12 bathing suits. YES.
By the time the last stitched was finished at around 6:30 am, the girls had showed up for their call time. I wish I could say everything went smoothly from there, but as all adventures go..it did not. First problem, 13 girls showed up. YES. Late contestants, accepted. The director solved that issue by borrowing of bathing suits during shoot or something of that nature. Next major problem, contestant number 2 was so tall that the bathing suit only came up to her upper torso!! I ran and sewed it again. SOLVED. When I got back, there was a case of a missing bathing suit. FRENZY moment. The team doing lots of math in our heads on how that was possible. Answer: someone took it when she shouldn't have, cause she was not suppose to have one. Find culprit, return suit to rightful owner. SOLVED.
And thus, all ladies and their PA's/makeup artists, the rest of the crew and the team and everyone else make their way to the "yacht" to take us on our on-location shoot. STORY STOPS FOR NOW (I slept the whole 2 hours). We are now at our destination, but not quite. It is low-tide so we must take a little "bangka" to the island. Lunch as we all wait for our turn.
And thus, behind the scenes of Ms. Oroquieta City Tourism 2010 photoshoot, at Parola Island in Plaridel, Misamis Occidental. It's called Parola because the lighthouse is there. But I didn't get to take a photo of that.
It was quite a challenge for all the photographers since the sun was high up when we started shooting, and note to self, bring a huge cloth as diffuser next time for these outdoor shoots. And a good reflector.
The other challenge we encountered was in getting the girls to pose for the camera. As they are beauty queens, it was important that grace and bearing be of the utmost importance. This was easier said than done, for these girls have been used to the local pageant circuit and the style that had been developed was a totally different ballgame.
Otherwise, they were all willing to learn and try :-) There was much frustration on the teams' part along the shoot, but nothing that a sense of humor couldn't solve. This was, after all, an experiment in changing the norm.
Definitely, in the event of a "next time", we know better what to prepare and expect in these shoots. And for sure, the girls must be given training on proper etiquette and behavior of a beauty queen.
When we finally ended the shoot, it was getting dark, and we had to walk far back to meet the "bangka" that was bringing us to the boat. Just let me tell you, walking on a sea floor of urchins is no fun!!!!! Specially, when you can't see anymore where you are stepping and the tide is coming in, and you are far from both the land and the boat. *shivers* And urchin stings are painful in a bone-chilling pain kindda way. Slept on the way home, had dinner, then prod meeting with the rest of the team, sleep, bus ride back.
:-) All in day's work. Will post the pageant night next.
Peace. Love. Dream. Laugh.