What an absolute pleasure it was to work with model Olivia and hair/makeup artist Shali on this shoot. I choose Olivia from a list of models I could test from Envy Model Management and I couldn't have been happier. As you'll see, she has eyes and cheekbones to die for! As she was getting prepped for her first look, we were chatting, getting to know each other, and it was easy to see she is a very grounded woman surrounded by supportive and loving family. Originally discovered and scouted by one of the world's most well-known agencies, she has honed her skills in front of the camera and on the runway and has the moves and poses of a seasoned pro. I had so much fun working with her, that I comissioned her to model for our Las Vegas PAC group (formerly the Las Vegas SmugMug group), where I'll be teaching about beauty lighting.
And Shali, what a divine intervention it was working with her too! I met Shali recently at the emergeARTS magazine launch party, where we immediately hit it off. When I handed her my card she gasped as she read the studio name. It turns out her full first name is Shalimar, and just at the same moment we both exclaimed, “It was meant to be!” This shoot was the first shoot we worked on together, and her fun, bubbly personality is one I know I'll want around more often.
Thank you to Andrew from Envy for continuing our model testing relationship and providing Olivia for this shoot, and a big thank you to both Olivia and Shali for collaborating on a fun, all-girls shoot too!