Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tallulah Goes On A Photoshoot

On Friday morning, Tallulah, 11, was a (very) junior intern on a photoshoot for my dress designer friend Lesley.  It was Lesley's Spring line for next year. For three hours Tallulah held the light thingy and generally helped where she could.  She saw that even in a seemingly "glamorous" industry like fashion, everyone works really hard.

Lesley Evers Spring line. Photo: Lara Rossignol

I dropped her off at the shoot at Lesley's house where I briefly met Kaitlyn , the model. Kaitlyn is 17 and graduated from High School last year. It was 9am and she had already driven four hours from her home in Reno to Oakland for the job. I said goodbye to Tallulah and headed off to my fabulous new world of heinous medical tests required when you turn 50. Say. No. More.

9am: Tallulah with model Kaitlyn and hair and make-up artist Joshua
Tallulah and Kaitlyn during the shoot

Lesley's previous two photo shoots were at our house which you might have read about here and here. I was fascinated by the incredible transformation of the models. When I saw Tallulah in the afternoon I expected her to talk about the model's long legs, how slim she was (she's nearly 5.9 and has a 24 inch waist!) how her hair got curled, how she posed.

What was the model like? I asked Tallulah: "Really nice" she said. "She's the sort of nice friend you want to have in High School."

What did she look like after she'd had her make-up and hair done? I asked "Not sure" said Tallulah "Can't remember really." Then she brightened. "But did you see she's a San Francisco Giants fan? She turned up in a Giants jacket. Cool."





50 comments:

  1. What a wonderful experience for your daughter, and how sweet are her words about the beautiful model. You are raising a beautiful, young lady! Love the dress on the model!! xoxo

    I thought of being a plus size model when Torrid was having casting calls...but I was 17 and they were looking for 19 yr olds...wow how different my life would have been! But on my journey to fit and healthy hoping not to be "plus size" any more!

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  2. I noticed the SF jacket right away. What a fabulous experience for Tallulah and I loved her reaction to Kaitlyn and the world of modeling. There is something to say for Kaitlyn here as well being so very kind to your daughter resulting in her remark about high school friends. AND, Tallulah is a gorgeous young thing! Your stories always have the best pictures!

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  3. Wow, cool experience for Tallulah! Love her comments too, she sounds like a lovely down-to-earth young woman :) I would assume that's largely in thanks to her mother xx

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  4. LOL! Obviously her priority and yours are poles apart! I love her innocence and the way she looked beyond the obvious. A great lesson for those of us who are way older. We're so impressed with the exterior whereas kids could care less about all this......although mine (and her friends!) would still prefer to be taught by a pretty teacher!

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  5. Sounds like you have a well grounded daughter! Although confession (but not a secret) I would be fascinated with the before and afters!!!

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  6. What a great experience and I just love her response!

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  7. Hey, you gotta have priorities! A cool model who cheers for the same team as you is a great find!

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  8. Sems like Tallulah had a great day, helping with the shoot and meeting a new friend. Interesting the things on which she chose to focus her thinking, when she talked to you. With her friends, probably some very different things. Joys of the young.

    Hope you are staying healthy.

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  9. New experience and insight. Young people relate in a different way. I like Tallulah's answer.

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  10. she sounds so lovely & sincere... sweet & pure. (not intending to rhyme here... man. did it again :))

    seriously- how cool that she wasn't intimidated- or overly-infatuated... just saw her for what she is 'a nice girl'.

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  11. Loving that black and white dress - that's just me!
    Tallulah is a sensible girl!

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  12. What a very adult attitude to have.....seeing through the smoke and mirrors and focusing on the important. What a great experience for her too.....and how long is your daughters hair...it is so pretty.

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  13. I wonder if I could be invited to the next get-together of all these young models?

    I am fully qualified to apply full-body makeup, and I always thought that I could do a good "Brazillian"

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  14. I love seeing hair and make-up transformations. Your little Tallulah sounds (and looks) lovely and well-balanced.

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  15. What a lovely experience for her. She looks lovely and sounds so sensible and mature in her response.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Talk about demystifying the supposedly glamorous world of modelling and showing it up for the hard work that it is....what an incredible life lesson for an 11 year old to learn! Rx

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  17. Great experience for her! I predict she'll be in front of the camera very soon. (probably show up for the shoots in a sports jacket too :)

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  18. Good girl, Tallulah! She may be pretty enough to be a model, but she is clearly smart enough to see many other opportunities in her future!!

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  19. That's such a great opportunity for her to see! And to learn a little about the "harder" aspects of modeling - like driving 4 hours to a shoot!

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  20. ..always fun to see the before and after. The models seem to have a facial structure that works well for photography. It's that natural beauty I guess. Such a great experience for your daughter!

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  21. How sensible of her and what a fantastic experience.

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  22. She sounds like a very well grounded young lady - what an interesting day for her though

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  23. Sounds like she just thought of her as a regular gal!! When I was 17, my waist was 23inches! Oh God what happened?! Oh yeah, three kids, LOL!! Love Di ♥

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  24. haha what a lucky girl :) i would have died and gone to heaven if i got to do that at 11!

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  25. How much fun for a girl of 11 to be ona fashion shoot I would have loved it at her age

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  26. What we see is not always what children see - we're just jaded and have been bombarded with perfect images. Lovely to see that Tallulah is unaffected and still an "innocent".

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  27. Sue's comment is so true. I love how honest and true your daughter's response was. What a sweetheart she is! I bet it was very fun for her to be there and see the photo shoot. What a neat experience for her! I would have absolutely loved that at her age!

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  28. I loved this post. I also have an 11 year old daughter. (who has solemly informed me that she doesn't think she'll ever wear make-up as she doesn't think it feels nice!!) I know how much she would have adored to have an experience like Tallulah. Sounds fabulous

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  29. This made me smile. T could've been intimidated, she could've wanted to look like her. But no, instead she was down to earth and enjoyed who the model was, a Giants fan. :)

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  30. This was adorable to read. Every now and then I am delightfully surprised by how thoughtful and down to earth some youths are. I hope my daughters grow up to be one of those.

    xx Jenee C.
    http://camomeetscouture.blogspot.com

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  31. Love it! Sounds like Tallulah has her priorities right. :) Great experience for her to see the real world of this!
    Have a great weekend. Hate those tests.
    xo
    Kim

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  32. Tallulah looks like she could be a model herself!

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  33. It sounds as though Tallulah has her head screwed on... she clearly not carried away by the supposed glamour of it all which is a great lesson girls of that age who can be so impressionable. And well done to the model for driving 4 hours for a job!

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  34. A 24 inch waist - that's mythical!
    What fun for your daughter, I want to take her pic to a colourist and ask for her gorgeously toned hair.

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  35. Gorgeous looks! I can't believe she's 17! xo style, she wrote

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  36. It's good that she learns that it isn't all glamour. The only time in my life I suffered with migraines was during the years I spent photographic modelling.

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  37. What a great experience for Tallulah! She looks so excited to be there--adorable!

    xo mary jo

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  38. 24"?? that's about the same as my thigh.....!!

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  39. I love the way kids cut to the chase or winkle out what is really important!

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  40. Love the dresses from Lesley Evers! Perhaps one of these days Tallulah will be sitting in the chair and modeling those lovely dresses.

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  41. Well that just speaks volumes about how Tallulah has her head on right. She's more interested in the girl herself rather than just her looks. Nice!! What beautiful clothing your friend makes. How exciting to be part of this exciting behind the scenes view of things.

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  42. I love Tallulah's response - too fabulous! I went to a photoshoot once and walked away thinking how tough it was psychologically for the models... absolutely brutal.

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  43. I love the perspectives of your kids as demonstrated by this post and Cy's "Teddy is very important." Love it, thanks for sharing.

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  44. Haha loved this! Totally loved Tallulah's takeaway :) xoxo

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  45. I think Tallulah might just be a model in the making! I love the bright scarf and backdrop.

    Melissah

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  46. So late getting to this post. Must have been missed it in my dashboard, but what a great experience for your daughter. I love Lesley's clothes. So beautiful, and the model is gorgeous.

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  47. I will also add that your daughter is beautiful. I bet it was such a fun day.

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