Attending a photo shoot is not generally on my list of tasks, but a few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to volunteer at our most recent shoot in Sandbridge, VA. My job was signing the models in and out and giving the children the outfits they were scheduled to wear that day. Compared to what my typical day is like as CWDkids CFO, this was a very fun and easy job!
The creative team are the ones who handle of the real work including prop/set coordination and keeping the kids focused and smiling, among a multitude of other tasks. It was really a lot of fun to exprerience the entire process. I took several pictures of the action behind the scenes, and met a lot of sweet children with their parents. Some were "seasoned pros" while others were modeling for the very first time. It was a real joy to watch these first-timers come out of their shells and shine for the camera.
Before this experience, I had no real idea of what was going on behind the camera. Now I know it takes a lot of work to capture our models in just the right pose...there's Cathrine, Chris, and Brad blowing bubbles and making faces to get the models to smile, and our photographer Troy gently prompting them to give him just the right look. It is a real art. I was very impressed with the whole process and had a really fun time. If I'm ever given the chance, I would love to help out again!