It takes quite a bit of coordination to get 5 women together on a business day. This photoshoot was no different. I badly wanted to do an outdoor shoot but the weather promised to be freezing and possibly snowing. We changed the date once already, but the night before the shoot my photographer e-mailed me that she was sick with the Norwalk virus. This at 9 o’clock the night before! Whew! Two phone calls later I was talking to my new man. Mark to the rescue!
At 8:45 the next morning, Bria, my lovely assistant, and I wheeled the rack of clothes about a block down the street to Ironworks Studio, an old foundry converted not long ago to a multipurpose space. Only a block or two away from Gastown, the area boasts lots of historic old buildings, brick walls, huge old timber beams, and relics of the original ironworks foundry. You can still find cobbled streets and cool, old architecture that makes the area popular with tourists. Everyone showed up on time, we set up lights, lined up shoes, trays of jewelry, and did hair and make-up.
The weather was co-operating—blue skies and puffy white clouds! About an hour later we set off towards 5 corners in Gastown. Hmmmmm….what’s that fluffy white stuff falling on my head? Damn! It was snowing, but we continued despite the sudden turn in the weather. Kelly wore the Spy Coat in Raisin and we set her up to ‘rendezvous’ with her fictional cohort under the picturesque streetlamps in the square. Bad things come in threes, so something else had to go wrong, right? Now the camera wouldn’t focus! Bit of a downer, wouldn’t you say? Us girls ducked into the nearest warm restaurant to wait only to find they didn’t serve coffee, or any warm drinks for that matter! We clearly didn’t pick the right place, but the guys were kind and let us just hang out (no one quite felt like eating pulled pork or drinking Bourbon at 11 am). We didn’t have to wait long. Mark came through, and—resourceful guy that he is—managed to borrow a camera.
Next we snuck down Blood Alley to ‘pass off the microfilm’, Scarlett wearing the “Double Agent Dress” and “Covert vest”. As if it was fate, the snow stopped and the sun came out to brighten the alley with perfect beams of light.
Stealing down a dark staircase and climbing a ladder to evade the bad guys, our girls got the job done just in time.
In the end it turned out to be a great day; just enough moments of perfect weather and a talented team of beautiful girls. Mission complete.