The Reluctant Stylista

When I was first asked to style for a pre-debut shoot, my first thought was, “People hire stylists for that nowadays?”  Not that I’m complaining.  I’ve been getting some inquiries for some styling gigs outside of ads, TVCs, shows, etc., and I’m liking it a whole lot!  Granted, when you style for pre-debuts and pre-nups, first and foremost on my mind is the budget.  I haven’t done a lot of pull outs, honestly, and I’m used to shopping clothes for a client.  The budget for the wardrobe and my fee are usually separate.  I haven’t had much limitations budget-wise in my line of work so far, but now that I’m getting solo projects that aren’t quite showbiz-related, I’ve been having trouble estimating the overall cost.  Of course, I want to deliver a really nice output for these clients, and photoshoots are my favorite.  So sometimes, I get carried away and end up just breaking even.  I think I’ll get the hang of it more, soon, and I’m always open to suggestions.  So if you’re one of them guys who have already inquired, don’t be too shy!  Let’s sit down and talk and maybe we can collaborate on something wonderful and within budget.

So anyway, this is my first try styling for a debutante.  When I was first told about the concept, my eyes literally lit up.  I am totally into the 60s pin-up girl look–even this blog started out with a pin-up girl design.  But of course, Jenica was just turning 18, and as much as I wanted to go ALL OUT, there were a lot of things to consider.  We settled for a sweet Katy Perry-inspired look for her that would suit an equally sweet young girl like her (obviously, we’re crossing out KP’s California Girls look).  This meant candy colors, bows and really girly silhouettes.  At first I wanted to go crazy candy sweet, but I had to remember in time that I was styling for an actual person, not a fashion show or a product, haha!

I was so busy with other projects but I really wanted to do this one, so I asked my friend Nio to assist me.  I also worked with Rae Venturanza whom I’ve been with forever (like, since we were kids haha) and Noel Salazar (for the first time).

Jenica

For our lovely client:  Jenica Kabigting

Venue: Bulb Studios, Makati City
Photography: Noel Salazar of Imagine Nation Photography
Styling: Alexandra Lapa of Reluctant Stylista
Assisted By: Nio Manzano
Hair and Make Up: Rae Venturanza

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot

Man, I have got to say, if there was one thing I spent a lot of time in preparation for this shoot, it was making those cat masks.  I made them all from scratch, down to drawing the cat face pattern (“Does this look like a cat? Or Batman?”).  Okay, fine, I did ask Pao for help on the second mask when I started getting desperate, wanting to finish all 3 in time.  I thought of doing everything entirely on sequins, but on the third one, I decided to take an easier route, slapping the mask on a bed of purple glitter.  Sequins are pretty but they’re too time-consuming.

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot!

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot

I wish I had a full body shot of this one, because it’s a cherry-print dress I borrowed from a friend that I really love!  I’ve always wanted my own cherry print dress. :(

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot

Would you believe most of the props are just stuff from home?
Well the two pink boxes are actually some of my stylist kits with all the clamps and other tools.

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot

Jenica's Pre-debut shoot

Jenica's Katy Perry-inspired shoot

More photos at the end of this post!  Just click on the thumbnails to view the rest of the pictures.
Such a pretty girl to work with, no?  I really enjoyed this shoot, I wish I had more to dress her up with!

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