With every new line comes a new photoshoot – one of our favourite aspects of designing and displaying Global Wonders for our fans. This week we have another guest blog post by Naomi H, who was our Nepal Project Coordinator and now is our SA Ambassador in Alberta. Naomi directed our Alberta photo shoot, and here’s what she had to say about the experience!
One of the highlights of working for the SA Foundation is the quality people I get to meet and partner with in the name of fighting slavery and caring for the exploited. Planning the Global Wonders spring photo shoot was no exception. As I began to source volunteer photographers, models and hair and make-up stylists, it was those passionate about social justice who were the most keen to help out. For example, two of our brave models, Jill Plett and Ruth Rossi had little previous experience in front of the camera. Jill has been a supporter for many years and introduced us to her friend Ruth at last year’s Spring Bling event! They had a great time modelling our newest collection! Not only did they look beautiful but their inner beauty and personalities really shone through. Our third model, Fela Dales, was very comfortable in front of the camera. Although she is often behind the camera helping other women uncover their inner beauty (www.felaphotography.com) she could certainly hold her own in front of one! Her creative experience encouraged everyone to let loose and have a good time.
Our photographer, Rick Erlendson (www.erlendsonphotography.com) was the documenter of the shoot. Fortunately Rick has decades of experience and we were honoured to have this professor of Journalism from the University of Mt Royal lead our team. Rick was a gentle encourager and went above and beyond – bringing props and refreshments for everyone!
Here is the rest of the team that made the Spring Photo shoot a success:
Chantal Barchard from Studio Intent (www.studiointent.ca) generously provided most of our wardrobe. The clothes were amazing and we are so grateful to have been able to use them to compliment our line. Hanes Marasigan Anotado kindly joined me at Studio Intent to help me with wardrobe styling and finding the right look for each Global Wonders piece!
Stacy Alston did hair and make-up (www.stacyalston.wix.com/alstonartistries) to get our models looking summer-ready. Stacy was assisted by Caleigh Breen & Rebecca Pelley, and they did a fabulous job completing each look! Thank you so much ladies for all your hard work!
Last but not least our team was joined by my dear friend Natalie Winters (www.humblepieproductions.net). Natalie has donated many hours to the SA Foundation using her talent to capture several of our events. You may have seen her videos in previous posts! Natalie has a gift of story-telling through video, and she loves using her passion to make a difference in the fight against sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
We can’t wait to show you all the new products – 6 more days until the official release! Stay tuned for the new Spring/Summer 2015 line, and some potential changes to our website to make it more user-friendly!
And, as always,
-Your Global Wonders Team