I wasn’t going to say ‘no’ to an opportunity to try out different wedding gowns and a set of studio photos professionally taken for free. When Martha, my wedding makeup artist, wanted help with some free models I was first to say ‘yes’!
I lived my dream experience of wedding gown fittings (to the extreme) on 22nd May during the full day shoot that started at 9.30am. For me, that’s early.
I must have tried on more than 20 gowns, a mixture of bridal gowns, evening wear, qi paos and even kwas for the first time in my life! It was super fun, though now I understand that being a model is hard work.
The day started at 9.30am sharp with my hair and make up done with other professional runway models where I got some real insight into the modelling and fashion industry. Before I was allowed a sip of my coffee, I was already in the first gown. It was gorgeous, I felt beautiful. It made me wonder why I didn’t chose a big dress with a long train for my own wedding. Then came the hard part – posing in front of a big crowd and a big camera; I was the only one with almost zero experience (bar my teenage dream casting years ago). Each dress required 15 shots, 5 on the front, 5 close up and 5 from the back. Boy, did I feel awkward! Luckily, the pros there were very helpful, coaching me on tips to stand and even standing in front of me with poses to mimic. The awkwardness only lasted for a few hours before hecticness began and I was already stripping down while trotting back from the last shots of each dress. By the end of the shoot, I felt like a pro!
It was a surreal experience and I felt extremely honored to be ‘playing’ and learning from pros while others were ‘working’ that day.
Now, I can’t wait for the final touched up photos to be released and published in Martha’s catalogue.
Thanks for a wonderful day, girls (and the lucky photographer, of course, who happened to be surrounded by lovely ladies the whole day :p)!