Connections, connections. I like to point out how important this is since it proves to be the way new opportunities present themselves. We had a great team on this shoot: Alex on make-up, who I met through a friend I used to work with while shooting a wedding, Lauren, Alex's second cousin doing hair who I met on this shoot and of course Stephanie, the model, who I met through Alex. Stephanie is signed with Aqua Model Management and has been involved with some exciting work recently - appearances on Dr. Oz, work in a Marc Anthony and Wyclef music videos, 50 cent, ESPN, FOX, Style Network, The Heavy, and the list goes on. Keep an eye on her!
The location we chose was Bear Mountain in NY. It turned out to be a half-way point for most of us. The setting really looked like it would work until, just as we were about to set up (I didn't get a full light stand up) and the park ranger stopped us and said, "Hey, you all have to leave! Do you have a permit? I thought I told you to leave already." He wasn't very nice about it and on top of his kind words, he called the local police to make sure we didn't hang around. Yikes! We packed up and went to a location that Alex knew of further north in Beacon, NY.
Our second location was "closed" as well but we were all determined to not waste the day so we parked and walked around those pesky things in the way....barricades, I think they're called - haha. Anyway, let's get to the good stuff. We scoped things out quickly and found some areas that would work within these grounds and because it was closed, there were no people to hassle us about permits :-)