Thanks to Jono, I scored a photo gig shooting an event for POP Beauty at What Goes Around Comes Around in Soho. I’d actually been to this store before (it has cute but pricey clothes), but didn’t realize it beforehand. I showed up expecting to photograph people getting their makeup done (since it was an event to promote a new fake lash collection), plus the standard product and brand shots. Little did I know that there would be models and body painting on stage as well.
Then I was told that Mischa Barton was there getting her makeup done, and that I wasn’t to photograph her until she was finished. What?! It was funny because people didn’t seem to realize she was there. I continued to shoot the event and others getting their lashes applied until I got the green light from her publicist to take her picture. I didn’t want to bother her too much, so I only took a couple. Now, for the record, I feel like I can address two of the major rumors circling about her, since I met her and observed her over the course of the evening:
1. She is in no way fat! Granted she is not as grossly skinny as she was while on The OC, but she looks fine and more ‘normal’ now.
2. She does like to drink; ergo, I can’t dispel the alcoholic rumor, since she had a drink in hand the entire time she was in the makeup chair.
Then later on, she disappeared into the store to try on clothes. No one seemed to be bothering her, and I stayed away until her publicist came to get me. So I walk over to her with my camera and she’s trying on this black dress, and she goes ‘do you wanna take my picture?’, in a very matter-of-fact manner. I didn’t have a flash bracket, nor enough time to alter my flash for a vertical shot, so I took it horizontally. Now that I look at it, it’s kind of funny to see her upper body next to a bunch of boots. It was also amusing to see her pose, clearly correcting her posture and sucking in her cheeks. Oh celebrities!
As for the event itself? It was pretty cool. I had to schmooze with a bunch of girls in makeup chairs and ask them for their names if I took their picture. The models were more than willing to pose for me and ham it up for the camera. And I ended up with some free swag at the end (though I don’t think I can ever see myself wearing fake lashes!).
I alternated between the wide angle lens and the 50/1.4 prime during the course of the night. I was mostly really close to people, so the wide angle was useful. The 35L would have been PERFECT for the event, buuuuuut I made do just fine without it.
ALSO – my photo of Mischa made it onto Star Magazine‘s website! :)