October 2011 Des Moines Shoot: Behind the Scenes

6:49 a.m. After waking up at 5:30, I head down to the hotel lobby to meet with Candy, the master organizer of all things web photo department. We drive her minivan, packed with tons of gorgeous Overland coats, shoot supplies (clips, lint rollers, bobby pins, reflectors) and sustenance (fruit, water, granola bars) over to Starbucks to meet the rest of the gang – photographer Gabriel, stylist Laura, and our gorgeous models, Tanell and Clark.

7:43 a.m. First location – 7th and Locust – After starting Clark in the classic Wallace Cashmere Coat (26631), we slip him into the Harrison Lambskin Blazer (23569) for some shots in front of the sleek Range Rover we’ve borrowed for the day, courtesy of Willis Auto Campus. As early morning drivers start to cruise by, I wonder what they think of our right-turn-lane spectacle. Gabriel’s in the zone. And the weather couldn’t be better!

8:20 a.m. Tanell’s in the Range Rover now, trying to perfect the “getting out of the car” shot – harder than one would imagine, because it has to be done in super-slow-motion – and without laughing!

8:53 After a quick hair fix, Tanell’s ready to strut her stuff in the chic Chantal Sheepskin Coat (17323) – looking very posh in her little gray dress and chignon.

9:10 a.m. Takin’ it to the streets in the fluffy Tatiana Fur Jacket (17759) and Club Racer Leather Jacket (26627). Thankfully, it’s still pretty early, so Gabriel doesn’t have to compete for street space.

9:28 a.m. Turning up the heat! Tanell and Clark are getting cozy against the Range Rover in the Treason Leather Jacket (26622) and Club Racer (26627).

10:10 a.m. 2nd location – 2nd & Court – at a café with beautiful wrought-iron gates and tables, freshly fallen golden leaves surrounding us. Shadowy and moody shots, with Clark in the Frisco Sheepskin Coat (28719).

10:43 a.m. Walking around a fun downtown area with all sorts of cute restaurants and bars, looking for another café location. It being Sunday morning, finding one is proving trickier than expected — everything’s closed, with their outdoor chairs stacked or locked up. Need to recharge – all of us take a quick apple break.

11:01 a.m. Finally found a great 2nd café location to use. Going for sleek and sophisticated with this one, with Tanell in the Bella Cape (32400) and Clark in the Jerry Suede (20743). Nice date tension in these shots.

11:12 While Clark’s doing some solo café shots, Tanell gives me a little dance to the music that’s drifting out of the patio speakers!

11:38 a.m. 4th location – 9th & Walnut – More street shots. Nice yellow leaves along the side of the road, adding a nice pop of color. Tanell’s in the Harlow Cashmere Coat (38208). It’s getting exciting, this middle-of-the-street shooting! Gabriel is lying down in the middle of the road, jumping up every time a car gets close, which is much more frequent as the day progresses. Exciting!

12:04 p.m. While Gabriel shoots some product shots on Clark, I sit down with Tanell to ask her some questions for our “Meet the Models” page. She’s got such a good head on her shoulders, and a wise, healthy perspective on the industry.

12:23 p.m. Just a few last shots of the two, looking fab in the Sweetbriar Vest (10303) and Beaumont Leather Blazer (29986).

12:32 p.m. That’s a wrap! Our weary-eyed photographer has gotten everything he needs, so we’re off to spend the rest of the day as we wish. Having been up and on the go for 7 hours already, I’m ready for a nap. But the World Food Festival in the Historic East Village is calling my name. Rest can wait.


The Final Result!


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