Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pretty girls in a pretty park - #ProjectScouted Phase Five at the Chris Saunders Park

Having had some time to recover and regroup after the major success and experience of the Phase Four fashion show featuring Shoelaced Clothing by Ryan Francis two weeks ago at the SMG Rocks Mini showroom, the #ProjectScouted girls had the last chance to bring their winning personas to the Phase Five shoot on Saturday which will determine who will progress to the all-important Top 10.

            Take a beautiful setting and place some of the most beautiful girls in Durban in it, add a photographer of note and high-fashion poses, and you have a recipe for success. The Chris Saunders Park, right across from the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, is a popular attraction in Umhlanga for its location and ambience, and was the perfect relaxed setting for the Phase Five photoshoot. Contrasting the park's casual atmosphere was the edgy theme of high-fashion chosen by the official Phase Five photographer, Roy Esterhuysen of Firsthouse Photography and Blush Boudoir.

            The girls have had the opportunity to explore the different sides of their personalities as well as the different elements of the modelling industry throughout the Project with this phase encouraging them to build on the attitude and strong poses they were exposed to at the fashion show in Phase Four. Of course it was an added bonus that the guest judge for this phase, model from Ice Model Management, Iman Sheik, was there to throw direction at the girls to get the best from their posing. Braving the early morning were also scouts Tyra Horsley and Jami de Vries; behind-the-scenes photographers Nilufer Yucel of Nilufer Yucel Photography, Jessica Lee Van Goeverden of Van.Go Photography, and Valen Peters-Govender of Wild Willow Media; along with regular judge and photographer, Jerome Stoffels.

            Aiding in the girls achieving a fiesty look were some of the extremely gifted students from Jacqui Bannerman's Make-up the College in Morningside. These make-up artists in the making also took care of the make-up for the Phase Four fashion show and kept up the exceptionally high standard that they had set for themselves at the show. Every look complimented each girl based on their specific features as well as their high-fashion look which had to have a statement colour incorporated into the outfit. Roy's expert use of lighting, with a Canon 580ex flash as a rim light giving a beautiful outline to the models' profiles, brought the images and the make-up to life. As you will see, every girl's shot seems like an image from an international magazine spread.

            After having their full-length and head-and-shoulders shots taken at the park by Roy, the girls were then photographed posing with the exceptional baristas at one of the best coffee-houses in Durban, I Want My Coffee, which overlooks the park. With its green signage and endearing logo, you can't miss the coffee shop owned by the band, Just Jinjer's, foreman, Ard Matthews and his partner Deborah. The coffee shop also doubles as an online radio station,, that can be tuned in to from anywhere in the world. After their shots, the girls were treated to a cup of coffee which was really appreciated on the chilly morning. It was all about good music, good vibes, really good coffee, and amazing people at Phase Five of #ProjectScouted.

            We're nearing the end of the journey of the whirlwind that #ProjectScouted has been and its going to be hard to see some of the girls being let go. Having some of the most talented girls in Durban being a part of this year's Project, some of the girls with unavoidable committments were not able to be at the Phase Five shoot; meaning that only 3 girls from the 13 will be cut to make the Top 10. Nevertheless, that's going to be a tough call for judges Lee, Samantha, Jerome and guest judge, Iman. All these girls have every reason to be extremely proud of themselves!

Images supplied by: Van.Go Photography 

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