Friday, January 23, 2015

First City Festival 2014

Here it is January and I'm already daydreaming about music festivals.  I never got to post these images from First City Festival in Monterey, Ca.  It's our music festival on the very sacred grounds of Monterey Fairgrounds, which hosted the Monterey Pop Festival circa 1967.  Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.  No big deal!  I was ecstatic they brought First City to our town.  This years festival (it's 2nd year) was a 2 day event of music, rides, and shopping.  Some of the acts included Beck, Phantogram, Best Coast, The National, The Naked and Famous, Dawes and the Cults.  My photographer friend, Lorinda with captured these amazing images. Part 1 is all about what people were wearing (because let's be honest, it's another attraction on it's own)!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Modeling Career-The beginning

It was about 1 month until we received his work permit, and headshots.  Then came the whirlwind!  I'm not sure if this is atypical experience of what child modeling is like, but it's our experience.  As soon as work permit was valid, and portfolio was up, everything started happening really fast.  A first audition for a athletic shoe company, another, a casting for LA Fashion Week, and a direct booking for Old Navy.  This all happened in a matter of 2 weeks.  It gave me an unreal expectation of how it was going to be.  It's not always that fast, and he won't always book everything.  More on that later...The first casting for the athletic shoe co. he was put on hold for.  What is a hold? A hold is something they do if they are interested and would like to block off the day of the shoot in case they decide to book him.  The LA Fashion Week casting, which was for Nancy Vuu he booked!  That was super exciting for us, because as it just so happens, he had a signature runway walk!  Blame it on my love for the show Top Model!  So off to LA we went, again more on that later!  After we got back we almost immediately had to be in San Francisco for the Old Navy fitting and shoot.  It was overwhelming, exciting, and it felt really amazing that he was so well received in, what seemed like everything he did.  The hold on the sports co. however was released, meaning he didn't get the job.

location: San Francisco, Ca Oct. 6, 2014, and Fremont, Ca. Oct 14th, 2014

Friday, January 2, 2015

Headshots-Lilly K. Photography

After Ryden was signed to JE Model we started researching photographers who specialize in child headshots.  We were lucky enough to catch Isa from Lilly K. Photography who is from LA, but travels frequently.  She had mini shoots close to our area, so we jumped on it!  Isa was sweet, professional, and taught Ryden the "serious" look.  We loved the photos!

Location: San Jose, Ca-Sept 7, 2014

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Child Model-Part 2

So, after the excitement of being picked for Quinn and Fox's Spring Summer Line 2015 Ryden kept asking, "when am I going to model again"?  Of course, I realize, he thinks modeling is hanging out with new people (kids) taking a road trip, and basically having an adventure!  Up until now, the poor guy had never even been to San Francisco!  Let me explain, for most of Ryden's life I had a cupcake business/shop.  Which meant, we were there practically every day, all day.  Not much room for adventure!  So...I researched some model agencies in San Francisco and found the JE Model Agency.  The website said to submit a few pics via email and they would be in contact if interested.  I submitted the photos without any expectation of hearing back right away, or at all.  I was quite shocked that Shannon, the child talent agent for JE Model rang me up a few days after I submitted photos.  She asked if I she could meet us, next week?!?  So, off we went to San Francisco for our meeting!  Shannon was super nice, asked Ryden some questions, no pressure.  We chatted for about an hour.  She offered us a contract at the end of the conversation.  Again, I was super shocked.  And excited.  And freaked out.  We were definitely in for an adventure...To be continued!

Location: Union Square, San Francisco, Ca.-Sept 4, 2014