Good afternoon everyone! Below are more notes from Teresa and the cheerleaders on their calendar adventures in Mexico! Enjoy, and Go Broncos!
Tuesday, July 8th
This morning we started hair and makeup at 3:00 a.m. to get 5 cheerleaders ready for their shoots at X-Caret (pronounced ish-car-et). X-Caret is an internationally known Ecological park. It is one of the most beautiful places in Mexico. The Park features, dolphins, sea turtles, lagoons, an underground river, jaguars, plenty of beaches and hammocks to relax, a butterfly pavilion and much more.
Our first 2 shots were both at sunrise in adjacent lagoons with second year vet Katie Layman and newcomer to the team Erica Golding. Pete Eklund and Rob Hawthorne set up and started shooting simultaneously which was perfect for the light, but a little hard on the rest of the staff and me. We were all running back and forth from shot to shot to make sure everything was just right hair, makeup, pose, accessories, etc. I have to give it up for our staff. They have all been working so hard. Alex Taylor, one of our current cheerleaders and a captain, took on the role of stylist for the 2009 Calendar. She is up every morning, getting the cheerleaders dressed and accessorized in their suits for their shots. She has an amazing sense of style and has made all the cheerleaders look very glamorous.
Change of plans for shots 3 & 4 at X-Caret. We had originally planned to shoot Mary Johnston at a Mayan Archway, but while walking around we found a beautiful hammock grove that was cool, shady and perfect for her bright red suit.
Amanda Brophy, shot 4 was changed as well. We found a salt water pool at the edge of the ocean where the waves crashed against spectacular lava rocks right behind where we decided to pose Amanda. So, after spending an hour getting her hair done at 3:00 a.m., all of Octavio’s work was quickly very wet.
Melissa Aust, 3rd year team member was our last shot at the butterfly pavilion. Originally, she was scheduled to shoot in a green jungle area, but the waterfall at the entrance captured all of our attention. There had to be a way to get her in that water. Good thing we made that choice because the rain started about ½ way through Melissa’s shoot. Her photo is one of my favorites so far! The more we moved her into the waterfall, the better the photos became. Rob shot with a very slow shutter speed to freeze the water as it rolled over the top of her. Just beautiful.
It was the perfect finale to a perfect day at X-Caret!
Tuesday night, the Fun Jet Vacations and the Iberostar had scheduled a press reception for the local media as well as local dignitaries in the Rivera Maya area to meet the cheerleaders and ask them questions about the trip. In attendance we had the Assistant to the Mayor, the Secretary of Tourism, the President of the Hotel Association, the General Manager of the Iberostar property and several local media shooting for their papers. We have several cheerleaders on the team that speak fluent Spanish and were able to communicate and answer their questions. Rob and Pete had also put together a slide show of all the shots we had taken so far on the trip and quite a few behind the scenes photos as well. I hope you enjoy them!
More tomorrow. Go Broncos!