New York Day Two: Photo Shoot

- Lifestyle, Travel


Tuesday morning I woke up excited, rather than nervous like the night before. I wasn’t sure what they would want me to do with  my hair, but they asked me to have it clean and completely dry before arriving, which meant I had to be up pretty early because it can take up to 40 minutes to blow dry my hair (the pains of thick hair and being in the process of growing it out…).  A car was waiting outside our hotel at 8:45 a.m. to take us to the photo shoot at Time Inc. Studios, which is the studio that lots of photography is done for all the magazines Time Inc. owns including People, People Style Watch and InStyle! It was such an honor just to be able to go to the studio.

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After my boyfriend got his visitor pass at the building we went up the elevator and I watched people get off on floors including Tory Burch and One King’s Lane! I was seriously trying to not freak out. As we walked back to the studio, I began to get more and more nervous because a whole group of people were sitting there, watching us as we walked in. But being nervous didn’t last long because a few minutes later, they brought me back to get styled for the shoot. My poor boyfriend went to use the restroom and before he could wish me good luck I was already behind the screen getting dressed. They had me try on three different outfits  one navy Zara dress with an H&M necklace, another purple dress and Joe Fresh jeans and a top, all paired with the same Nine West heels.  They asked me what I liked best and honestly I didn’t know because everything was so great. They had me change into a robe and flip flops and then I went straight to make up.

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My make up artist was AMAZING. He taught me how to do brows right, even though I’ve liked the way I’ve done mine in the past, I love the way he did them and have been trying to mimic them ever since. He also gave me some good tips and tricks for having good overall coverage without using too much foundation and used a red/pink eye shadow to make my eyes pop. I have never considered using those colors before and he made my eyes look absolutely amazing! After make up was complete, I sat down in the hair chair and they asked me how I wanted my hair done. I honestly didn’t know, but I’m not all that great at curling my hair so I said, give me big curls! And so they did. Holy cow, I literally did not recognize myself when I looked in the mirror but was SO happy with the result.


My amazing make up artist!


After we were all ready, they started out taking individual photos. I was the third person to go, so I hung out and read through all the magazines to occupy my mind and time. It was so scary because all of the people involved were just staring at the screen after each photo was taken and whispering to each other. WHAT WERE THEY SAYING?! When it was my turn, they took me back to get changed and I ended up wearing the navy Zara dress, which I LOVED so was super excited about. I got nervous/excited as I walked over to start taking individual photos, but the photographer was so amazing. She was very fun and spunky and made me feel completely relaxed. She helped direct me, telling me how to pose, etc. and made me feel like I was doing a great job! After some individual shots, we finally ended up doing group shots for the advertisement. They wanted us to just act like we were having a fun girl’s night out and kind of hang on each other with big smiles. I was much more relaxed during this portion because the other girls were so fun and it was great to interact with them. We got to see a preview of some of the shots and they looked great. I can’t wait to see the end result!


The entire shoot took the whole day… we were there from 9-5 and group shots of us took over an hour. Here is a picture of all of the girls after the shoot! — with a much needed glass of champagne! CHEERS!



After the shoot, I was very tired but also very hungry so I got ready for dinner and we went out to get some Italian food at a place called Aurora. It was delicious and just enough food to put me in a food coma because afterwards I slept for a good two and a half hours.

I was wearing: (I wanted to be wearing these heels, but my feet hurt too much from a full day in them!)

c/o Dress Sandals

NineWest Clutch (Similar)


Since we were so tired and it was so hot outside, we just decided to walk to a nearby bar to get a couple beers and call it a night. It was such an amazing experience, but it also went by so quickly it is hard for me to remember all the details. It was definitely a dream come true to go to New York and get the opportunity to be a part of this amazing experience with three other women and have the chance to appear in People Magazine! The issue is supposed to come out September 20th, so I’m sure I will be sharing it with you as soon as it comes out! Thank you again to everyone who has been so supportive of this opportunity! I really appreciate all of the sweet comments and encouragement. Also, I hope this shows you that people like me can have great opportunities and that real people actually do win these kinds of contests — so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, you just never know what might come of it! 🙂

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    July 22, 2013 at 6:43 AM

    awww so happy for you, what an amazing experience. You hair is fantabulous!

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    Ginny Mossman
    July 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    You look great and this sounds amazing! Love the makeup too!

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    July 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    You are so fabulous!I love that after getting your hair and makeup done and wearing fabulous (but affordable) clothes, you night out dress was from 10 Dollar Mall! I love that site. I’m glad you had such a great experience!

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    July 22, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    You looked so, so fantastic. I can’t wait to see the photos!!

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    July 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    What a great experience! You look beautiful! Glad you had such a great time.

    xo Amy

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    Bethie the Boo
    July 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    SO amazing Rachel! You looked absolutely fantastic and you better sign my copy of People when it comes out!! What an awesome experience for you!

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    July 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    It sounds like such an amazing experience, and you looked beyond stunning. So happy for you!

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    July 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    you look sooo gorgeous at the shoot! love your hair and makeup and the dress fits you perfectly. looks like you had a great time! 🙂

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    July 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Congrats again Rachel!! You look so so fabulous! I can’t wait to see you in the issue!

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    July 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Super pleased for you doll, it looks amazing. Loved the hair and make-up they did :)) Have a wonderful week x

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    H&K Style Journey
    July 22, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    What an amazing experience! You looked absolutely stunning 🙂 Can’t wait to see the issue when it comes out.

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    July 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    It sounds like the most amazing experience! and you look fabulous in all these pics (the leopard shoes and the second dress are killer!)

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    July 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    You look gorgeous…love the hair and makeup! I can’t wait to see you in the magazine!

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    July 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Looks and sounds like such an awesome experience Rachel!

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    July 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Absolutely fabulous !!


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    July 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    What a dream!! You look amazing, your make-up is flawless!

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    July 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Seriously girl, could you be more gorgeous! You deserved every bit of the papering you got!

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    Lindsey PS
    July 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    What an amazing experience! I hope you really enjoyed it! You look amazing!

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    July 22, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    This is so exciting. I would have been SO nervous the whole time! You looked so gorgeous!

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    Jackie l Food.Wine.Fashion
    July 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Aww look at you Miss Model! You look absolutely gorgeous in all of those pictures and I am so excited for you. Must have been an amazing experience!

    xo Jackie

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    July 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    What an amazing experience! You look fantastic.
    Love the photos.
    x Kirsty

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    Julie, from prosecco to plaid
    July 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    You look so pretty! How exciting! xo, Julie

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    July 22, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    You look absolutely gorgeous! What an amazing opportunity 🙂 So happy for you! xo

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    July 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    This seems like an amazing experience and I am glad you got to enjoy it! Well deserved girly 🙂 Love your outfits as well.


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    Sage Grayson
    July 23, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    That looks like so much fun! I would love to have my makeup professionally done too. Everyone looks fabulous in the photos.

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    July 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    What a fabulous experience! You look so beautiful!

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    July 23, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    That striped dress is to die for!

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    July 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    oh. my. goodness!!!!!! I don’t know how you contained all that excitement – I would have been squealing and jumping around every where… imagine Buddy the Elf in the Empire State Building! You are a seriously stunning woman & I am so happy to see all the success that you have earned for your self! Hard work, sweat & a killer smile 🙂
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      July 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Such a sweet comment from such a talented, gorgeous, hard-working blogger yourself! 🙂 OH and who has a great smile 🙂 Thank you dear, means the world!

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    OMG!!! What a dream come true!! I am so happy that you got to experience this!! You looked absolutely stunning!!! Can I have your autograph? 🙂

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