Saturday, February 19, 2011

Women of Weddings Meeting

We had another fantastic Women of Weddings meeting recently at Lori Vreeke's adorable bakery in Westlake.

Women of Weddings is an association of female wedding vendors in the L.A. area. Our friend and colleague Kimberlee Miller, a fantastic photographer, had the idea of putting together this group a few years back. We are the best in the wedding business and always have a fantastic time together. We discuss industry topics and ideas and new trends.

We are in the process of updating our website and had a specialist come and discuss possibilities and directions we could go as a group.

We had a great time decorating Valentine cookies as well!

We also had a fantastic pot luck!

WOW meets at either the venues we do weddings and events at or the member's place of business or homes. When we meet at the member's place, that member can showcase her business.
In this case, it was great to know how an amazing cake person and artist works!

Lori's cake pans
Those are boxes of chocolate and other yummy stuff!
Plus the white board for the website presentation.

Anyway I hope you all had a Happy Valentine's Day!

Cookies for Lisa's ( I'm a Girl DJ) baby twin girls.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Society of Operating Cameramen Lifetime Achievement Awards

Saturday, February 5th, 2011, I accompanied my husband Guy Skinner to the SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards!
He was nominated for his Camera Operating on the TV show "24"!
We went all out and rented a limo for the evening and invited his First Assistant Cameraman Jon Sharpe and his wife Karen and his Dolly Grip Carlos Boiles and his wife Stacy, both from "24", to join us.
Jon was Guy's focus puller, and this is how important he was to Guy:
There was no way to achieve that "24" style without a Camera Assistant who could set his Operator free to find the beats and moments and do it differently every time. Jon Sharpe was our perfect magician. My hand held operating was enhanced by the luxury of never having to be limited because Jon is so unlimited is his skills, an absolute necessity for the look of the show.
As for Carlos, this is what he has to say about him:

Carlos Boiles, as my Dolly Grip and spotter, a master craftsman with the dolly and cranes, is also a true athlete, guiding me and watching my blind side.
As an Operator I never had to think of focus or my safety.
Jon, Carlos and I communicated in a language so efficient and seamless, we captured moments that could only happen with the freedom of letting go of any inhibitions, boundaries and assumed restrictions. We constantly surprised ourselves. To work with such a team was very rewarding!

To be able to join this amazing team as they were recognized for their effort was incredible.

On the way, we toasted to "the dream team" with champagne in the limo.
Carlos and Stacy, opening the champagne.

We arrived at Warner Brothers Studios and went down the back lot "streets" to the theater where the pre-presentation cocktail hour was happening.

The "dream team" of Carlos, Guy, and Jon

During the cocktails I could hardly stay by Guy's side, he was so popular with all his colleagues! In the 30 years of being in Camera, he has had to opportunity to work with so many great Cameramen, and a lot of them were there. 
At one point I lost him for a good 30 minutes, I later found out he was taken to be filmed for an interview to be posted on the SOC website in the future.
His current co-Camera Operators from "The Event" (NBC) were also there, even though they had all worked all night and gotten home at dawn that morning. 

Victor Macias, Guy, and Paul Horn
The Camera Operators currently working on "The Event"

The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Awards began at 7PM.
It was great to see and hear from all the creative genius's being honored that night.

The stories and film clips were amazing as the night progressed. But I must say, waiting until finally, at the end of the evening, around 9:30, for Guy's category to honor Best Camera Operator in a Television Series to be announced was excruciating! 
Our hearts were pounding!
They announced all the names and showed film clips of their work.
And the winner was.....!
Not Guy.
David Frederick of the show "Sons of Anarchy" won the award.
Congratulations David!

But in reality Guy was honored that night! 
After the awards Guy continued to talk and see and be congratulated by so many of his peers that it was a magnificent night for him.

David Frederick made a point of coming up to Guy and telling him how much he admired his work and that he thought Guy would be the one on that podium getting the award. 
Then he insisted they take a picture together with the"Cammy"! 
Very cool David!

Me and Guy, after the ceremony.
I'm so proud of my amazing husband!
Photo by Isabella Vosmikova

After that we all cruised Hollywood in the limo. Since each couple had a bottle of wine from  different winery's we had all visited in the past year, we had a mini wine tasting session as we drove down Hollywood Blvd, past all the stars on the sidewalk and the great theaters.
At one point we decided we were hungry.
Since Guy was not a "wiener" we decided to go get a "wiener" at Pink's Hot Dog Stand.
The guys got out and stood in line while us girls stayed in the limo and stayed warm. 

All you Camera people, be kind, I took this from across the
street, teetering on platform heels.

When they got the hot dogs we all sat down out back at Pinks, in our suits and dresses, and chowed down on those legendary hot dogs.

We had a blast and it will be a night I will remember forever!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dav Rain Boot Photo Shoot

Boots, and more boots, and boxes of boots.
Sam after hair and make-up is complete.
Wednesday and Thursday I got to work with an incredible team at the Stylewest photo shoot for one of the lines they represent, Dav Rain Boots. Along with Kerri Sengstaken, owner of Stylewest, producer of the shoot and also my neighbor and good friend, the amazing Casey Galbraith was the photographer and Arina Gasanova was the fantastic clothes stylist. I,of course did make-up and hair for the shoot.
Here's Sam in the room we used for make-up, hair and the wardrobe.
This is without the hair extensions I put in.

Sam trying to stay warm between shots.
This is the 3rd time I have worked with this team and it is always a fantastic experience. 
We all get along great and the shoot is always seamless. Of course it helped that we had the lovely Sam as our amazing model.Sam is a chameleon, and always manages to strike the perfect pose, while managing not to wrinkle the boots in a certain way, and looking "hot" (in every sense of the word) while it is freezing and the rest of us are in jackets.The location was a very cool house in Sherman Oaks, everywhere you looked was perfect for photos.
Making Dav Rain Boots look as cool as they are.
It was 2 good days of creative magic!

Arina styling Sam.

Casey discussing the shot with Kerri, who is just off camera.
Casey and Sam working out a pose.

Dav Rain Boots and a dress form Arina's line of clothing.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ISSE Hair show at Long Beach

Hi everyone,
Yesterday my friend Amber and I attended the ISSE (International Salon and Spa Expo) Hair show in Long Beach.
I love hair shows!

The practice station for the Enzo Milano irons.

We get to see all our peers and watch the best stylists demonstrating their techniques and get AMAZING deals on products and tools.
So much fun!
The girl on stilts and her buddy, handing out promotional material at Enzo curling irons.

Demonstrating a cut and color.

Sassoon, doing what they do best, precision cuts.
Fantastic dos at Farouk.

This guy was throwing samples into the audience.
Amber getting her hair done. Moroccan Oil have  these ceramic covered brushes that heat up like curling irons as you blow dry.
Gorgeous! Of course I had to buy the brushes.