Prior to my time at FAB Magazine, I always wondered what the fuss was about fashion models, photographers and stylist. For Christ’s sake, I had been involved in several photo-shoots where I played all three roles – stylist, model and photographer (Have you seen my blackberry picture folder?), and I did not break a sweat, so it was surprising to see these individuals claim to have these as day jobs.
Anyways, my perspective changed on the 21st of January 2011 as I decided to join Wale (FAB Magazine’s fashion assistant/stylist for the shoot) and the crew – Hakeem Salaam (photographer), Funmi Folorunso (MUA), Bisola (Fashion assistant) and Chinko (model for the day) – for ‘The Metropolitan Project’ shoot.
I know that at FAB, we like to push ourselves to the extreme but when I was
initially told the location for the shoot was under 3rd mainland bridge, I enjoyed a silent mock because I thought this to be an exaggeration. Fast-wind 45minutes later, ladies and gentlemen, I was stuffing my belly with humble pie as I was standing right under the bridge and could very well hear the thumping sound made by car tyres as they zoomed past above my head.
And so the shoot began.
I watched as Wale, Bisola, Funmi and Hakeem got BUSY (BUSY being the keyword here). Wale literally dressed Chinko – wore the shirts and pants for him and even buckled/laced his sandals/shoes (at this point, I believed Chinko was being over-pampered). Funmi on the other hand, asides from ensuring the initial make-up application, kept dabbing sweat, painting and re-painting e.t.c.
Oh Chinko, I had a rethink when I saw what the brother was put through by Hakeem – ‘give me that look’, ‘Chinko common, I’m not getting any help from you’, ‘let your leg hang up there’. At one point, Chinko became Naija’s ‘Jet-Li’, jumping in the air, kicking, throwing punches…I felt for the dude!
At 5:30pm, we called it a wrap. Arrived at 10am, left at 5:45pm, exhausted and ready to join the traffic that was gradually building above us. I was glad I witnessed this shoot and realized that these individuals work as hard as any 9-5er and deserve all the accolades that come their way.
Enjoy a few more ‘behind the scene’ pictures and grab a copy of FAB Magazine ‘THE COOL ISSUE’ to enjoy the totality of the shoot and loads of other FAB editorials.