From 2007 to 2013 my crew and I would take models to shoot "On Location" on the island of ST. Thomas and we've now made plans and reservations to do it again in 2017 - Twice!
St. Thomas, along with sister islands St. John and St. Croix, make up what are known as the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. They are an territory of the United States and no passport is required for Americans.
The islands are a short 2 hour flight from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, or 3 hours from Atlanta, Georgia. You can read more about them here.
We do projects there for a variety of reasons: (1) I have a vacation home there and know the islands fairly well. (2) The scenery, beaches and waterfront homes we use are great, but not crowded as in Hawaii. (3) The people there welcome us and make the projects easy. (4) Because it is part of the USA getting people and equipment there is easy and inexpensive (no passports, work permits or foreign customs fees required), unlike projects in Aruba, Cancun, Jamaica or Cabo.
Projects like this are done by using exclusive waterfront villas that we rent for 8-10 days. The large villas are used both for housing of crew and models and as shoot locations for some of the work.
You can see one such villa, named Sea Star, in this YouTube video. At the 42 second mark in that video you'll see the sky blue villa next door (on right) named Casa Bougainvillea, which we also use, including the 2 poolside photos above.
On the Behind the Scenes Video page the first video shows a simple shoot done at Sea Star.
The crew and myself arrive one day before the models to get everything set-up. All models arrive the next day. We work hard 4 consecutive days (one model each day), then have 2 days for fun, and all models leave on their 7th day.
The villas have 5 large king bedrooms. One is used by the make-up girl Danielle and outfit girl Rachel, two are used by models (2 per room), one is used for hair / make-up / outfits / gear and the last is used by me.
My company pays all the travel and food costs for models on these projects. For their shoot day the models are paid $1000, which works out to our normal $100 an hour. The models also receive $250 cash for personal shopping.
More details about the specifics dates and projects is shown below.
Above pictures: Pool at Sea Star, pool at Sea Star, pool at Casa Bougainvillea and waterfront at Sea Star.
This project is being timed to match as closely as possible the spring break time for schools around the Metro-Denver area. A girl attending would need to miss only one school day (Friday the 24th).
The plan is to take 4 models from the girls we will be working with in January (Florida) and February (Colorado). At least two of them would be from the Denver area and travel with my long time helpers Danielle and Rachel. Its very simple - Danielle, Rachel and I have to work with, dine with, play tourist with, and shop with the girls for 7 days. We always select the ones that are the right combination of great in front of the camera and easy to be around when the work is done.
No experience is required. If a girl is interested she should apply on the main page of this website now (here) and get in for a shoot with us in January or February. Then, if she does great she'll likely be one of the girls invited. Because the project on ST. Thomas is expensive to produce we do not take along girls we haven't already done good photo and video work with previously.
Above pictures: Shooting at Vessup Beach, The shot from previous photo at Vessup, deck rail at Sea Star and poolside at Sea Star.
This second project will be conducted along the same lines but is a couple of days longer. This allows us to do a full day indoor shoot at a very large private waterfront estate that was featured on the TV show "World's Most Expensive Homes".
The project is also different as a video crew is coming along (staying elsewhere) and taping all the shoots, behind the scenes such as make-up time, dinners out, waverunner riding, shopping and other events. They are doing this with other photographers from fashion in New York, to bikini catalog projects in California, and others hoping to start a reality show about models and modeling of all ranges from tall fashion models, to child models, to the "teen glamour" style I produce, beauty pageants and more.
The plan for this project is to take two of the same girls we did in March and two new girls that we work with in April and May in the Denver area.
No experience is required. If a girl is interested she should apply on the main page of this website (here) and get in for a shoot with us in April and May. Then, if she does great she'll likely be one of the girls invited.
Above pictures: Pool at Casa Bougainvillea, pool area at Sea Star, Vessup Beach and deck rail at Sea Star.
Below I've posted several other photos taken during previous trips to ST. Thomas. I've tried to show both photo shoot images, and the girls out having fun after the work is done. Also, on the Behind the Scenes Videos page the top two videos are from previous trips.