Concept Shoot with Valeen Montenegro
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Isn’t it exciting to shoot a celebrity? We were looking at the website of Elite Models–Manila for models for the funshoot series of ShutterClique when a member of our leadership team suggested that we get Valeen Montenegro, a celebrity. The first time I tried to book her for our funshoot we are unable to get a schedule. After a few more tries the account manager of Elite rang me that Valeen is available on our target date.
This Filipina actress of Spanish-French descent started her career in commercial modeling before she was launched as one of the members of the Star Circle batch 13. She also made various appearance in ASAP’s Full Circle and in different ABS-CBN shows. Our mestiza model has done several projects like the Rexona: First Day High TVC, Colgate TVC with Billy Crawford, Lewis & Pearl Body Mist TVC with Lemmuel Pelayo, and the KFC-Shakin Shots. At the time of this funshoot Valeen is already with TV5 and also taking fashion design at College of Saint Benilde.
Unlike the usual comments to celebrities, Valeen is an exception. She arrived way early on the call time and really approachable and friendly. Since she came from school that day I had an opportunity to accompany her to get her Subway for a quick bite. It was really interesting for me that this celebrity/model took care of her Yaya’s (personal assistant) food. She personally bought her Chinese food from Hen Lin since Yaya didn’t like a sandwich for lunch. She really is a nice person and gives all her best on the job. She also brought entertainment to the photographers especially when she did the series of Asian poses, just for fun.
Wardrobe and styling for this shoot was through the meticulous and creative hands of fashion designer Rei Raña. The schedule favored us since Rei’s travel abroad was postponed at that time. I’ve tried many times to collaborate with him at last we manage to have this. It was an honor to finally work with him.
So again, to shoot a celebrity is as exciting as every other shoot I had. To those photographers that will be commissioned on a similar situation, my advice can be summarized to a simple phrase, “don’t get intimidated”. Be the best that you can be and be the person that you should be. Everything will fall into the right place if you are true to yourself and to your work.