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Hamilton Beach Days

A great day on set with Double Image for Hamilton Beach.  I’ve loved working with this team since the beginning, I cannot believe I have been lending a hand for their ads since sometime around 2000!  They helped to train me to become a better hand model and always had my back as I started expanding and working around the country.

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Grill This Not That

I love being the hand model part of the ETNT team  🙂  The books are chock full of fabulous information about eating healthy and making better decisions about food.  I devour each new one when it comes out and love the sneak peeks I get of the upcoming ones.  The 2013 Eat This Not That guide is going to be incredible.  I can’t wait to see it on the shelves.

A friend found a copy of the Grill This Not That in a magazine.  I’m not sure which one this was in as she just emailed me the tearsheet and I can’t find the name of it.

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nom nom nom

pretending to chow down with the food stylist, Roscoe.  (we have a whole series of the nom nom shots)

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Are you stressed? Anxious? me too…

A friend recently went from feeling stressed to giggling when they stumbled upon this forgotten gem of a photo.  There I was staring out, nervous, worried..would I chew on that finger nail?  haha.  This photo always seems to pop up in the most random places.  Once it was on a dating website with a caption of ‘does the dating world leave you stressed?’

Thats the thing with stock photos.  You never know where they could end up.  I wait patiently for the day I am in Joey’s shoes on that episode of Friends where he becomes the poster boy for an STD.  I did a few stock jobs when I was first starting out as a model, it is a great way to build your portfolio and get paid a little bit for your time.  A roommate found one in a law book for one of her classes.

The high tension photo came from a fun day at a studio in New Jersey where we were creating a lot of handy images.  The photographer noted that I was very expressive and asked if they could do some shots of ‘all of me’ after we finished for the stock rate.  My agent gave the go-ahead (always check with your agent about anything that changes or is added on a shoot day) and we had a fun hour of trying out various scenarios.  The shoot happened right around the financial collapse so they asked for a lot of nail biting and stressing.  There were some funny ones with blocks spelling MONEY and me looking very sad and forlorn.  I have not seen those surface…yet…    Till then, the nervous nail biter (now you know I would never….) takes the lead in stock image usage.

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New You Magazine

A last minute editorial was my final job of 2012.  The shoot was for the first issue of New You Magazine which came out THIS MONTH!  That was one of the fastest turn around times for an editorial spread, less than a month from conception to preparation to shoot to edit to printing to distribution (not to mention all the fine tuning throughout.)  New You Magazine, the January issue.

I was excited because I heard that I would be working with the nail artist, Chiharu Natsume again.  She is really great at creating tiny intricate designs on the nails and once I saw the spread of gorgeous jewelry on the props table, I knew she would be decking out my nails.  I was super hoping that the last look would be on both my hands (sometimes they only paint one hand for the shot) so that I could go home for the holidays with badass nails.

It was a great day on set lead by photographer Wendy Hope.  Wendy made finding the right angles with the jewelry while showing off Chi’s nail designs a breeze.  And her shots!!!!   Oh man, we were all huddled around the computer screen drooling over her work.  The faceys were the beautiful twin super models Ieva Aniuylte & Aida Aniulyte.  Gorgeous and sweet and how lucky to have a friend to always travel with.  They told me that they do a lot of work together and are usually always in the same town.  It would be awesome to always have someone to hang out with on out of town jobs.  That rarely happens for hand models  🙂

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Town & Country – Bridal

I was very excited to be chosen for the Town & Country Bridal Issue (on stands now.) It would be my first time working with the incredible photographer, Carlton Davis.  Stockton Hall, one hell of a props stylist and friend, had first shown me Carlton’s work a few years ago and I had hoped to one day collaborate on something amazing with him and a bridal shoot gave us gorgeous props, beautiful sparkly rocks to play with when creating the shots.

Not only did we get the most incredible of rings to play with, we also got Fleury Rose and her nail creations.  Seriously – stop reading this right now and go to her website.  Check out the Artists Favorites section.  Just – wow!  She does that all by hand.  In addition to being able to create tiny galaxies of designs on nails, she is a seriously cool person.

Had a blast with Carlton and the T&C gang.  Love a set with great music and great people, Stockton was right about a day onset with Carlton being inspiring for creating amazing shots AND just being FUN!

Nails being beutified by Fleury Rose.

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Nails by Sophy Robson for Sephora

The British Nail Artist, Sophy Robson flew over to NYC to work with Sephora on her nail art line.  She is an amazing artist and I was psyched when I realized I was getting the Cherry Blossom nails!  Sophy is a lot of fun and had wonderful stories about her nail adventures.  She is one cool lady!

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what the shot looked like from my angle.  We tried having me come right in but the picture frame wasn’t laying right.  Eventually, we cut a hole in the bottom and I stuck my hand through and plugged the hole as they added all the crystals.

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& here is the final ad!!

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