Northwest Model and Talent Competition
Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency
After the photoshoot blitz with Zoë I was back in Montana with another Rocky Mountain Entertainment Agency (RMEA) workshop and their Northwest Talent Competition.
Mum joined me this time for my roadtrip. We drove Zoë back to Butte and stayed with her family overnight before continuing to Big Sky, MT where we stayed at the Big Sky Resort and were surrounded by mountains, beautiful blue sky and cool lakes.
In Big Sky I met up with Casey Pobran, owner of RMEA, and the 18 models signed up for the workshop. I worked out of the cabin where the models were staying to get things started, but then we hiked about a kilometer through the woods to Ousel Falls.
The models were shot posing under this waterfall which, being part of a mountain river, was quite cold. I made up a lot of faces that day, but the beauty of the water and the woods really kept me going. The looks we did for this shoot were pretty clean and simple, which made the job a little easier.
The shots ranged from sporty to high fashion to sizzling sexy calendar feel. Further down the trail, to another part of the river, we shot the swimwear looks. This water was much colder, but each girl did their part and the results are well worth the goosebumps.
This was my second time working with the super talented photographer Brittany Putnam, who is now based in New York. I have always been impressed with her work.
Day two was no different. We had an early start with Brittany and Casey (A different Casey) doing lifestyle and fitness shots with the models. Overall, the day went smoothly. Just one hiccup when Brittany and Tamera Hammond, 2015 Miss Montana competitor, were kicked off the beach because folks felt the shoot was too risqué. It really wasn't, but even in a one piece Tamera is a pretty sexy gal.
After the workshop I had a day off before RMEA's Northwest Talent Competition. I had time to hang with Mum (an adventure that ended with a broken hammock - yikes!). This was followed by a day trip to Yellowstone National Park. We drove to Grand Prismatic Spring, Sulphur Cauldron and Old Faithful. It was nice to get out do some sightseeing for a change. Usually when I travel for a job, I'm too busy working to look around. Mum even got to see her bears (she's all about the bears).
RMEA Northwest Model and Talent Competition
Back in Big Sky and 5:00 am came pretty early. I was excited to be part of this event for the first time. Models taking part in the event booked time with me to do their makeup. My first one for the day was for Casey and I was actually a little nervous.
It was great meet up with Michala Zambon, Model of the Year 2014/15, and my girl Zoë. I was done by 10:00am and was able to take in the show.
RMEA's Northwest Model and Talent Competition looks to "introduce and showcase talent to industry professionals for scouting and scholarship opportunities for kids, teens and adults". Participants can enter into modeling, acting, singing or dancing competitions.
I think the best part of this trip to Montana was getting my portfolio pieces from Casey. She gave me a blank RMEA book a while back and it was great to have photos to put in it. It looks wonderful and is my pride and joy. I've been trying to put a portfolio together for years. now that I have it, all I can do is smile.