I had my Weightwatchers.com photo shoot yesterday.
The weather was brutally hot. Better than the past coupled days, but it was still in the high 90s with a ton of humidity. So the walk to the PATH was pretty brutal. I was lugging my backpack and a suitcase full of stuff they wanted me to bring. The shopping list of things to bring was truly astounding. But I got there, dripping with sweat.
I was supposed to arrive at 1:00, but ended up showing up at 12:30. I made sure to give myself enough time.
When I arrived, it was very casual. Honestly, I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself. But the staff were all very friendly. There was a lot of the staff there. I think there were at least 6-8 people from the WW.com site there. Then there was the photographer & her two people. And the makeup artist & stylist.
I didn't see many fellow WWers. I did see one woman being photographed as I came in who looked really great. She was really pretty and looked good. Though she left shortly after I got there. I think her husband was there with her. There was an older woman who looked terrific. I did speak to her very briefly while we were getting changed later in the day. She lost 110 pounds and looked great. On the way out, I saw a couple more woman who were getting ready to be photographed, but I didn't really get to talk to them.
I wandered around the space a bit while waiting. http://24thstreetloft.com/
It is a really interesting space. I really liked the Red Saloon. But the shooting was in the large central room. It turns out the space is actually some woman's home! I was really surprised by that. But Annie got talking with her and discovered that.
Lunch had just been delivered so I was offered me some food. I had eaten before I had gotten there. So I didn't really want much. I had some fruit and was good.
Shortly after, they pointed me to the makeup artist. The woman was really nice and very talkative. She told me I have great eyes, very exotic. And was thrilled she got to try out some color shadow on me. I asked her what it was but I can't recall of course. I think it was something orchid or maybe orchard, but I could be way off. The powders were definitely MAC, but I have no idea if the eye shadows were as well.
The makeup came out looking pretty light and neutral. Enough to be pretty but not overdone. So it was great for me. I didn't feel too overdone.
During the makeup, Annie arrived. She is this amazing woman from the &&NYC thread on the local WW.com boards. She was kind enough to offer to come. I am so thrilled she could make it. She is the kind of person that just has that outgoing and warm personality that really can light up a room. It was so wonderful to have her there. She is also an actress so she understands more of this process than I do. And I trust her judgment on things.
The woman doing the makeup asked about whether I wanted my hair straight or curly. I said I like it with some curl and she said great as most people had been wanting straight. So she did it with some loose curls. I really loved the hair and thought it was very flattering. I got it cut and colored at the Aveda school yesterday. So it really did look good. And the color was great. So I felt good.
Then they sent me over to the clothes. So the stylist is asking what I like. I tell her jewel tones, that I don't like pastels. The first things she grabs for? A hot pink sweater. *shudder* I told her pretty adamantly that "I don't do pink". She found a rich purple cardigan that I liked. But then she couldn't find anything that would work under it. *sigh*
So she has me try on several more things. And finally she finds this blue top she likes on me. I thought it looked way too 80s in style. And since I went through the 80s the first time around, I didn't think it was a good idea. I also thought it was so loose around my sides. And my waist is actually my best feature of my body. But several of the people were raving about how good it looked on me. So I decided to go with it. And given the colors of most of the clothes, this was about as rich a color as I was going to get.
Then she tells me they want everyone to do pictures in jeans. Okay. So I try on some jeans. None of them fit. Including a size 12 pair. *sigh* They are all way too tight in the thighs. I had told them on the phone that general I wear a size 10, but only if they are cut for my ample thighs and hips. If not, I needed a size 12 but again, need hip room. So I pulled out my blue jeans. Honestly, they aren't a great fit. They are too straight legged. But at least they fit. So they went with them.
I have to admit, one of the girls from the ww.com staff said it is so fun trying on clothes. And I didn't say it, but I wanted to say, no, really, it isn't. I hate trying on things. And having none of what was there fit was a bit disheartening. I had given them my measurements on the phone so I really felt like they should have had some things that fit. But they seem to get a wide variety of things, not things for a specific person. So I think that was part of the trouble. *shrugs*
The stylist put these two massive pairs of colored pearlescent beads on me. They were close to the neck. One was a dark greyish color, the other had some purple in them I think. I thought they were too big, but again, I know that is hot right now.
When I got out there, they repowdered me as the makeup was melting a bit. The space was kinda warm so the makeup woman suggested pulling out a fan. I was so grateful for that as it felt really good.
The photographer was also very nice and positive. She told me how great I looked. She kept telling me to smile and show my teeth. I told her I never show my teeth, but she said it looked great. I honestly think my teeth are weird so I just don't smile that way.
The photographer said something had to be done with my jeans as they were bunching at the knees. So the stylist came back out. She suggested heels. So they put me in these great shoes. They are by some company called FarylRobin. They were round toed, but with a fairly high, but solid heel. So they were pretty comfy. They were a dark blue green with some grey. I know that doesn't sound great, but they really were cool. I want to find them, but they weren't listed on their website or Zappos. So I don't know if they aren't for sale yet or if they are from a previous season. Though I want to keep an eye out for them for certain.
So we got back to the shoot. I felt like it was okay. There was a lot of move this way, stand this way. Smile real big. Show those teeth. But it seem to have been okay. There was a monitor where they were looking at the pics, but you know, I didn't even look. I think it was probably smarter that way. I suspect I would have just gotten more self conscious.
I was so glad Annie was there. She kept telling me I looked beautiful and all which helped a lot. She was such a great support for this. I really think that without her, I wouldn't have been as good about trying to smile big and such. But she really made me feel at ease. Though the photographer was good about that too. She kept saying how great I looked and how beautiful and photogenic I was. So that was nice.
After those shots were done, they wanted me in a skirt. So I went back in and the stylist started trying other things. At first she put me in a beige a-line skirt. One of the women brought in this black and blue skirt that I loved. I wanted to try it on, but the stylist didn't seem to want me to. *shrugs* Then she put me in a jean skirt. And an orange, yes, really, an orange sweater. *groan* It was probably cashmere, but still... *sigh* I kept saying I am not an orange person. But they kept insisting it looked great with my coloring and hair. There was a little creme cap sleeve shirt under the sweater too.
The necklace they pull with it was these heavy chains that looked almost pewter in color. But there was something I liked about the necklace. Again, too heavy for me, but I liked them better than the pearls at least. *chuckle*
So I was waiting to be shot and roasting. It was really hot. Luckily, Annie was great and directed me to a cooler spot and had me sit. Probably a very good move.
These pics were supposed to be by a chair. So they started playing with what chair and such. They grabbed the fan again and started pointing it at me because I was melting again. I can't believe I was the only one who was being so affected during the shoot but I am guessing the sweater wasn't helping. *laugh*
After a few shots they changed the chair and instead of me sitting, they had me stand next to it. Then they had me take off the sweater and just have the cream top on. After that, they tried this black & red patterned shirt. The stylist had tried on me in the dressing room and I was so sad that it pulled too tight across the chest as I liked it a lot. They tried leaving it open, but it didn't work well. So they tried a jacket. I think the cut may have been good, but the pattern seemed a bit too old for my tastes. I really felt like it was sorta weird. But given at least it wasn't orange, I was feeling more open to it. *laugh*
They said I was done and could change back into my clothes. I wandered back to the dressing area & packed up my suitcase again. It had gotten pulled into there so I could get my jeans earlier. I had also tried a cami I had with the purple cardigan earlier in the process. Though the suitcase had actually gotten covered with other things so I spent time making sure I just put my things back in the suitcase. *chuckle*
One of the staff said they just wanted to do an interview. So I went over and spoke with the woman. She said they did it in the back room. She said it was very informal, but they would have a video camera running. I laughed and said that as long as it wasn't going to be webcasted or something. She smiled. I figured it was just there as it was easier than taking notes and all.
So she asked me some questions. I know I probably babbled too much. I get nervous I guess. But I also think I get somewhat passionate about how good Weight Watchers has been for me. And I liked being about to talk about it and not feel like it is proselytizing. But I know I went on too long. *chuckle*
As I got out of the interview, it seemed a bunch of the staff were heading out. I got to talking with one woman about Jersey City as she had lived there. She said she would be calling me about some follow-up when it got closer to when they wanted to publish my story. Then she mentioned about how they are updating the website and said something about video. I gulped! I am now worried that they will actually post some of my babbling. I really hope it is some other video she is referring to! *gulp*
I am really hoping they don't post video but I don't know. I have signed their forms so I can't really say anything about what they use the stuff for. But, I admit, I really don't want to sound like a babbling idiot. *laugh*
I have to confess though... I was a bit frustrated that I was supposed to take all that stuff and all I used was a pair of jeans. There was a huge shopping list of thing sot bring. Some things were photos (starting as a kid to now as well as family & friends), panty hose (including nude which I never wear), a CD (which I made a mix), something from your hobbies (so I brought my bellydance outfit) and a signature piece (so I grabbed my corset because I figured that was *really* me). So I spent a lot of time putting things together. And then didn't use anything. *laugh* Ah well.
It was definitely an interesting experience. And while I don't regret doing it, I really wish I had just brought more of my own clothes and been a bit more assertive about wearing something I felt more comfortable in. But then again, they are the experts. They are supposed to know about this. And of course they want to make me look the best they can as it is better for them.
I am looking forward to them sending me the disk with the photos. I really do wonder what I looked like. I am hopeful they will find something that looks flattering to me. Though I suspect given the clothes the picture won't feel very 'me'. But I hope it at least looks good.
All in all, I am glad I sent in the info. It was an interesting experience. And this way I never have to wonder what if I had sent it in. *smile*
I still don't have any clue when they will post it. But I will certainly post about it when it gets posted.