MY CLIENT WAS CAST FOR A TV SHOW AND HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
People are intrigued by the work I do at the Life As Fine Art boudoir studio in Red Bank, NJ. So many times, they have the most intrigued questions. Questions like…
… Do single people, that is without a spouse or partner, ever do these kinds of photo shoots?
… Do you ever get to work with any celebrities?
… Do guys ever do shoots like this?
THE ANSWER IS YES, YES AND YES. And the story I am about to tell you addresses all three of those answers.
My client Nick is a young, single professional working in the entertainment industry. On a daily basis he works with a lot of TV, theatre, movie personalities and many famous musicians. What we didn’t know at the time we met was that in a few short years, he would have his own brush with TV fame as well. But in the meantime, as the story goes, we had become acquainted through a mutual celebrity client we had each been working with.
He was a big fan of my client and her show. And as such, he was very intrigued by the work we were doing together as shown in some public media.
Nick’s 30th birthday was approaching a few years back. He had recently acquired a few killer designer suits, and he asked me to come to his workplace and photograph him doing what he loves. In HIGH FASHION. That session (not shown here) was a 30th birthday present to himself, and thus began his love of the Life As Fine Art experience.
A few years after that first photo shoot, I had moved into my new studio and we did some music album cover work for some of the singer/songwriters he was managing at the time. That was our second shoot together. BUT THIS ONE, THIS UPCOMING SESSION WITH ME WOULD BE DIFFERENT.
Soon after this time, Nick was cast as part of a groundbreaking new reality show. One would expect the “TV Dream” experience would set a person on Cloud Nine. In this case, it could not be further from the truth. Having worked in the reality TV world myself in my entertainment and advertising career — I knew it can be brutal, demoralizing and defeating at times. Especially for the subject in front of the camera.
When Nick first phoned me to do this latest photo session, my normal vibrantly happy client seemed emotionally depleted. Or — even, sounded a little defeated. I knew he was not a broken man, but that he just needed a boost. We all need a boost.
This feeling is not just exclusive to women, but men as well.
And, as a person who deals with clients’ vulnerabilities on a daily basis, I believe it is a rare kind of man that has the courage and fortitude to express that. It is one of the many things that makes my fellow Piscean friend here so special.
“I came to Cate because after finally achieving my goal of being a television personality, my confidence felt rocked,” Nick told us, “I began to feel critical of myself in ways that I never had previously. I began to compare and compete - often with myself and the aging I was experiencing.”
In an age of social media, and on top of that, being in the spotlight, the online world can be a brutal place. We needed to help Nick do some recalibration, and ART is an amazing way to do this. He put this so beautifully for me:
So… seriously, can photos actually make THAT big of a difference? We asked Nick, and here’s what he had to say:
So while these photos are just excerpts of his whole editorial storyline, YES there are others. If you want to see those, you may just have to date him though. ;) YUP, I have officially appointed myself as his unofficial manager. Thank you Nick for sharing your story, your great fashion sense your creativity and good looks. But most importantly, for sharing your spirit here, which can inspire others to do a photo session.
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