Rain or Shine

So we had booked a shoot a year in advance that was supposed to be two days, using six models, make-up, my two assistants and the location is in Houston.  The images would be for internal use and we had shot for them before.  No worries, right?  Except that nothing stays the same for a year.

Our producer/rep, Zhanna Kumanova, has since moved to New York. The shoot ends up being one day, but with nine models, make-up, food stylist, company representative, agency representative, a longer shot list, and a change in location to Kyle, Texas  - a three-hour drive from Houston. Oh and it’s for external use. Did I mention that they were going to close the drive-in that morning so we could shoot?  My belly begins to do flip flops.

Zhanna would handle her end from New York. She started to book models from the Austin area and had to stay in within the budget set by our client. Nicole Kestenbaum, our new studio manager/rep, stepped up to handle the production details on our end.

Well with that many people, clients coming from out of state, and us driving in from Houston we picked a date and started watching the weather. The weather started to look as if it may not cooperate, showing a chance of rain, but then the likelihood of rain turned into just a cloudy day.  The client decided we would chance it and all was a go.

The plan was to drive up the afternoon before and to location scout. Well it started raining on our drive, but slacked off by the time we got there. We met our clients (great guys, by the way), scouted, and were all set for the next day. 

                                                                                                                                                                     ©Terry Halsey Sonic Drive-in Kyle, Texas

                                                                                                                                                                     ©Terry Halsey Sonic Drive-in Kyle, Texas

Since we had interiors and exteriors to shoot, we decided to go back to the drive-in after dinner and do a backup just-in-case exterior shot. I am glad we did. (see the photo at the above) When we woke up the next morning it was foggy and drizzling. Yes, wet and dark. 

                                                                                                                                                              Lisa Peleyo starts makeup early ©Terry Halsey

                                                                                                                                                              Lisa Peleyo starts makeup early ©Terry Halsey

Lisa Pelayo, our make-up artist, did a great job. The models were scheduled to show up throughout the day as we would need them. There were the usual problems with models not looking like their headshot or description or having tattoos, even when being asked beforehand, or not shaving. Our client has a very strict appearance and dress code.  Let’s just say there were a lot phone calls between Nicole and Zhanna that morning.  I was inside with the clients and Pie Chen, one of our assistants, lighting and shooting the happy employees at work shots. It’s great to have been surrounded by good people as Nicole didn’t come tell me a lot of the details going on outside, “just to keep you calm Terry.”  Thank goodness.

Our Food Stylist for the day was Austin based Tina Bell Stamos. Tina was working hard all day creating great looking hot dogs, burgers, and tots etc..

                                                                                                                                                            Sonic Drive-in Happy Employees ©Terry Halsey

                                                                                                                                                            Sonic Drive-in Happy Employees ©Terry Halsey

We arrived early, unpacked and set up some equipment for the exterior shots.  We covered our lighting gear with plastic bags. We had a long shot list, but the good news was it started with the interiors. We were hoping the weather would clear by the time we moved to the outside shots.  It did, but not a whole lot. So "How do we make it look like it's a sunny day?" See our lighting diagrams, screen shots, and final images below.

                                                                Rain Foggy day BTS Sonic Drive-in shoot ©Terry Halsey

                                                                Rain Foggy day BTS Sonic Drive-in shoot ©Terry Halsey

                                                                                                                                     Final image Retouching by Zhanna Kurmanova ©Terry Halsey

                                                                                                                                     Final image Retouching by Zhanna Kurmanova ©Terry Halsey

                                                                                                                                    Final image  Retouching by Zhanna Kumanova  ©Terry Halsey 

                                                                                                                                    Final image  Retouching by Zhanna Kumanova  ©Terry Halsey 

All in all, we delivered photos that you would never know what the day was like. It was absolutely a fantastic experience.  This is exactly the kind of photo shoot I like.

Solving problems and getting good results.  "I thought Terry would be nervous but he was cool as a cucumber" Maybe on the outside…... Best team ever!

Contact us at:   Studio th@terryhalsey.com  Lisa Pelayo info@lisapelayo.com Nicole Kestenbaum nk@terryhalsey.com  Zhanna Kurmanova zk@terryhalsey.com  Peiyee Chen peiyeechen@msn.com    Tina Bell Stamos tina.bell.stamos@gmail.com