The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Propel. I was compensated and all opinions are 100% my own.
Two weeks ago I was on a plane flying out to LA for the Propel Ambassador photo shoot (along with Lee, Theodora, Jon, and Dai). To say I was excited would be the understatement of the year. I stayed at an amazing house, learned a lot about a million different things, had a freaking blast, and met some incredibly awesome people.
The weekend seemed to fly by, but we did so much that it almost seems impossible to recap it all in one post. I think the most interesting part of the whole weekend was getting a behind the scenes look at how much work goes into something like this. I feel like I’m decent at paying attention to detail, but man, I have nothing on the people behind this shoot. From the food to the lighting, everything was on point.
Eat All The Food
I feel like we ate insane amounts of food while on set and at the house. There were just way too many great meals and snacks not to stuff your face.
Craft services is real and it’s amazing. I feel like someone should be at my house setting up a snack table every day now. If you’re up for the job, bring plenty of cinnamon pita chips from Trader Joe’s.
Can I just say that I loved having people do my hair and makeup? It sounds so ridiculous, but they were able to make me actually feel somewhat confident in front of the camera. Amazing clothes never hurt either.
I’m not going to go all out and say they were miracle workers, but they came pretty close. They rocked. The funniest thing was that they worked so hard to make us look good when they knew that 10 minutes later the photographer was going to want us to look gross and sweaty. At least we looked awesome for a minute or two.
Set The Scene
In my naïve mind, photo shoots are simple. You go somewhere, snap some shots, and edit them later. So not the case. The photographer and crew spent a solid chunk of time at each location setting the perfect scene. It was amazing to see how the tiniest tweaks changed the feel immediately.
I am in serious awe of how talented and creative everyone was. In my simple mind, the shots would have looked great regardless of any of the factors. That is why no one’s knocking down my door asking me to take pictures.
Go Get Sweaty
After the shot was set up perfectly, they would send us to basically get disgusting before they could start snappin’ pictures. Yep, they wanted us to really be sweating and really be thirsty. Lucky for them, I’m a big time sweater. Gross? Probably. We actually got in a few really intense workouts just to get our “look” right. That’s me dying and Lee laughing about it. She’s a good friend like that.
Then we would have to stand in the same position for hours waiting on the perfect shot. Holy burning legs. I never knew how hard staying still was until this weekend. Lesson learned. No wonder models are in such great shape.
Strike A Pose
The hardest part for me was the actual posing. I like to think I’m a tad bit smarter than a trained animal, but I’m starting to doubt myself. I still crack up thinking of how long it took me to drink out of the bottle “correctly” for the pictures. I mean, really. I was a mess. At least I got to chug Propel in the process, right? Once they found out how bad I was at drinking, they gave me other mundane tasks like tying my shoes just to test me.
Kidding. But I did have to stretch, tie my shoes, and zip up my jacket on camera. “Y’all. Just give Presley the easy stuff, okay?” I honestly imagine them having that conversation. Bless my heart.
One thing that I definitely underestimated was just how long all of these things would take. Especially when you consider there were five of us who were learning what this whole process entails. Originally, I figured we’d have more time to explore the city, but that didn’t pan out. We totally lucked out, though, because we had so much fun together. Our little group of seven had a great time in between shoots.
Did we get to go out and do that much? Nope. Did it end up bothering me? Not a bit. I was fascinated by the whole process and I got to hang out with some great people. Doesn’t get much better than that.
I think I was the most hydrated I have ever been in my life over the weekend. I drank my bodyweight in Propel, and I’m pretty much going to have to re-stock my house now if I want to keep it up.
Basically, I feel incredibly lucky to have experienced this lifestyle for a minute or two. Could I cut it as an actual model? Heck no. Not in patience, posing, height, or the ability to actually follow directions. But it was fun to pretend for a little bit, you know? I still have a few more things I want to touch on when it comes to our trip (like meeting freaking Gunnar Peterson!), so stayed tuned for that. Until then, you can always follow along on the hashtag #propelfit to see what we’re all up to!
I better get going for now, though. This afternoon we are headed to the park for Maddux, running some errands for me, and eating half-price sushi for Ryne. All of that is just to celebrate the arrival of spring, of course. 😉 I’ll hopefully be getting a short run in at some point, too, but my legs will thank me if I don’t. Deadlifts are no joke, y’all.
Oh, and Happy Spring Equinox! (<-does that make me sound smart? No? Dang. I tried.)