Playing dress up in my mom’s fine jewels while she dressed herself for an evening out was so fascinating. So was her makeup and stoles that would turn into my sarees. So much has changed ever since, but what has remained the same are the timeless pieces of jewels that I still try on (now with more careful hands) while she gets dressed. We women, hold our jewels closer to our souls than men can imagine. Keeping that love for timeless beauty in mind is what makes the brand, Ayesha Chawla Fine Jewels to launch their new collection in their very first store that houses in the polished shopping arcade of The Shangrila Hotel, New Delhi.
Shooting with the brand as their brand ambassador for their feature in Brides Today and Harper’s Bazaar magazine was a delight. However, the day started with me being excited and tensed at the same time, as it was my first professional shoot. All those things from my fantasy world that I talked about in my blogs, was now happening in real. There was a real studio setup, a real lighting team and of course the fan to blow my hair romantically for the perfect shot. It was a scene straight out of backstage videos from Paris Fashion Week with everyone running around to get the show commenced.
Amidst the hustle bustle, stood the little girl in me in the center of the room absolutely mesmerized by the moment she was living in. After all, it had always been the celebrities in these setups that she had been following. But to actually be there in the surroundings of the shoot, preparing her for the best shot was a different feel altogether. Was it all really happening?
Though I matched the essence of the brand, which made me ideal to carry forward the young and fresh feel that the brand conveyed; I was nervous to be carrying the legacy of the brand on my shoulders. After all, I was representing the brand and I needed to focus amid this chaos of the setup. I couldn’t help but wonder about all the stress and hard work our celebrities put in for the perfect shot, that we sometimes criticize so easily. It swiftly dawned on me that it takes us a minute to ridicule someone’s efforts while it takes that someone a lot of zeal to put together their work.
As I click-clacked in my Versace heels on the linoleum floor towards the brightly lit framework for my first shot, I reminded myself fearlessly -
Chin up princess or the crown slips!
· I still love playing dress up in my mom’s closet
· Teamwork and team understanding are the key essentials to bring out the best in shoots
· I still get excitement shivers thinking about my first shoot
· Give in your best and always be grateful for every work that comes your way
· Being bold is the only way to move forward in life
Up next – Curating looks for the shoot (get all the details in the next blog)
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