You may remember that I had my amazing head shots done by my close personal friend and photography phenom Alicyn Drew. With just a few keystrokes she can transport you (or your Mini) almost anywhere in the world! She also takes amazing fashion and boudoir pictures and needed an assistant for a shoot. I’d helped her out at the Minis On the Dragon and it was great fun so I could not wait to help out in the studio!
Ali’s model was our friend Brandy. She wanted some sultry boudoir shots to send to her husband after he deploys this summer (we are going to miss you, Corey!). I picked up some coffee (like any good assistant would) and headed over to the studio.
Everyone else arrived right on time and Brandy’s friend Jackie joined us as well. The studio is a converted industrial space with a few different rooms rented by the hour. It was perfect for our shoot! All we had to do was rearrange things a bit…
Brandy had brought her wardrobe and some serious shoes.
I was also prepared. I really like Brandy and Corey so I brought a big part of my tiara collection in case she wanted to borrow any to glam things up.
And I was ready to help Ali out.
Ali put the lights in place to start things off.
I had to get in position so she could check them.
Everything looked great and Brandy came out. She looked amazing! I’d show you the pictures but I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise for Corey. Take it from me he’s a very lucky man! Jackie plumped up a few of the important bits (boobs) and stepped in to adjust various straps and hair. Ali began shooting and I DJed the entire event. I’d tried to pick songs that would put everyone “in the mood” and pay homage to Brandy’s love of 80s music. After the first few poses, Ali decided to add some extra lights to the headboard.
We took a few more and then Ali opened the floor for suggested poses. I suggested a shot on her knees looking back at the camera. Brandy tried it and it looked fantastic, but that was easy for her to do since she’s one of the most beautiful models in the world. And then suddenly I was thinking of my future career as a stylist!
Brandy finally agreed to pose with a tiara. I gave her the blingiest one. She looked like a slutty beauty queen. Best shot of the day if you ask me! I also talked Ali into trying one on as well, because I think every woman should sparkle!
She looked stunning, and so did Ali!
We packed up our gear when the shoot ended and headed out to the parking lot. While we were standing around talking about the shoot I decided to mod my car again and add my new Dragon Slayer license plate frame. Sadly, the screws Passport Mini had used were not the proper screws for the bolt holes and I had a really hard time getting my Mini Fillini Badge Holder back on. Ali and Brandy tried to help, but it wasn’t working. Ali suggested I visit the newest #DCMM vendor David Rockwell at Liberty Automotive on North Henry Street (if you need an automotive shop, run don’t walk, this one is the very best!) She sent him a text to let him know I was on my way.
David was waiting for me and waved me in as I drove up. I pulled in next to a beautiful Mini with a custom paint job (David’s car and he’s going to pass it down to his daughter when she learns to drive a stick shift “well enough”).
David was amazing. I will never take My Precious to any other garages, ever! It took him a while to find bolts that would fit, but he refused to quit. Even when I offered to just take her to the dealer! He finally found some, added my badges, screwed everything in, and told me if I had any problems to just come back and he’d replace the piece that everything screws into. He gave me a high five and sent me on my way!
It’s a good thing I bought a Mini, joined a club, made new friends, and volunteered to help out at a photo shoot!