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One of my surprises.

7.06.2011

A couple of months ago, my friend Sabina wrote me and wanted me to take some pictures of her for her modeling/acting portfolio.

I was so down, one because the girl is gorgeoussss and two because I knew she would be so fun to work with.

We had Spanish class together in college. I remember she came back to school to finish up because I guess somewhere along her journey, she moved to LA and worked on some traveling shows, etc. etc. The girl is going places. Her dream job is to be a travel show host. What is she doing now? Oh...just traveling the world...living in Australia...and working for a traveling show as a location scout and working closely with the producer of the show.

Yeah...amazing.

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So on one "normal" day I get a message from her that says, "Hey! I am coming to Austin soon! Would you have time to take a few headshots for me while I'm there?"

Me: "HECK YEAAAAHHH!"

And so we did.

She gets to my house and she pulls a "fast one" on me I guess you could say.

Her: "Sooo, I don't know if I mentioned this butttt I am currently working for St. Bernard Sports in Dallas (they have an Austin location too) and they wanted me to model some of their clothes for their upcoming spring/summer ads.

Me: (BIG EYES)

Her: "No pressure but I also have this other dress...from my friend Ross' collection. He designed this dress and needs some pictures of it so if we could get some cool shots with this dress, that would be cool dude."

Me: (BIG EYES, OPEN MOUTH.)

Her: "No pressure, seriously."

Me: "Omg, omg omg omg omg omg OMG!!!!!"

AND if this wasn't awesome....she said, "Shay! You got this! I wouldn't have asked you if I didn't think you could pull this off. They weren't sure about going with an unknown photographer, but I told them I believed in you."

Me: "OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!"

So we go off on our photoshoot and have ourselves an awesome time.

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THEN...

It gets better.

I'm actually not sure if I can talk about it, but "my role" is pretty much .01% of awesomeness in the whole scheme of things. It's actually just one of those, "Hey that's cool!" things that happened to me fortunately.

I think it's a big deal, for me, but really it probably isn't.

You see this...

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Yeah...Her friend Ross...has his own collection called The Ross Bennett Collection.

He's going to be on Fashion Star on NBC this fall.

All I know is that they just started filming.

I don't know him, but I feel pretty honored and I'm super excited.

Why you ask?

His facebook profile picture...

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I took that.

:)

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  1. No way! This is amazing news!! Congratulations to you for having your work showcased! That's big stuff to have your work picked for his fan page! Those pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Sabina certainly sounds like she's got a bright future ahead of her and so do you :)

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  2. Shaylyn this is some awesome news! Woo hoo I am so excited for you :)

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  3. Oh my gosh! Your hard work is paying off!

    I've been waiting excitedly to hear what your surprises are, and this did not disappoint! Congratulations, girl!

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  4. Random but.........so you took the photo of your friend and then the owner of the collection used your photo yet your logo isn't on the picture anymore on Facebook. How does that work? I get all confused with when a logo goes on a photo and when it doesnt...I mean I always brand my pics on FB that I wouldnt want anyone to "Steal" type thing.......

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  5. Congrats, that's so exciting! :)

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  6. WOW!! Shalyn that's SOO exciting!! She is absolutely gorgeous and you did a great job with her photos!

    I'm so excited for things to come for you!!

    Sabrina Says

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  7. AWESOMENESS!! What an honor... how exciting :)

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  8. Wow that is great! The photos came out so amazingly well! Big congratulations you deserve it :-)

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  9. This is AMAZING!! You seriously do some amazing work! :) I see big things in your future.

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  10. OMG OMG OMG! THIS IS AMAZING! I'm so impressed with your photography, and you did such a great job. Big things are happening for you :)

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  11. wow!! that is so awesome!! congratulations -- that is totally a big deal!!!

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  12. That's really awesome! Your pictures are awesome! Congrats!

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  13. Whoa! That is so awesome! Your photography is so great! Love seeing your work!

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  14. AHHH!!! i am so happy for you and so proud!! you are awesome :-)

    those are amazing pics and you are such an awesome photographer!! ah! congrats!

    remember me when you are big and famous okay!?

    xoxox

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  15. AH that's super de duper exciting!!! Oh my goodness I can't wait to see the show now! Oh, and your friend? She's stunning.

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  16. Shalyn that is so exciting!! You need to be a photographer for them now :) hehe

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  17. That's amazing - congratulations! Those are some amazing photographs, your friend was clearly correct to have so much faith in you. :)

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  18. Sometimes we just need a little push! :) You and your friend are both gorgeous. You could be sisters! great job.

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  19. That is wonderful!! So exciting!! Wah hoo :) :) Great pictures!! She is gorgeous!

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  20. This is awesome. How exciting for you:)

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  21. You're awesome! :)
    So happy for you!

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  22. AMAZING! Great job! You guys are all rockstars:-) xoxo

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  23. These are beautiful, girl! Great job!

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  24. How exciting!!!!!!

    You are so talented!!!!! Your pictures are gorgeous! I'm so happy for you and all your success!!!!

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  25. Holy moly, my name twin is famous! Congrats girl- you deserve every bit!

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  26. Shalyn! I'm so excited for you. Like, I feel proud to be following you on blogger! :) Congratulations, lady!


    -Ali

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  27. AH! That is so awesome! I totally LOVE that picture! You are gorg, girly! :)

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  28. Your pictures are UH-MAZING! CONGRATS! It is so exciting see your work out there for everyone to goo & gah over! I cant wait to see more of your photos :)

    www.kirstenjoywilson.com

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  29. How fun and exciting!!! SO happy for you and what wonderful pictures you took...she is beautiful! Go, Shalyn!!!!

    Liesl :)

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  30. That's awesome, congrats! We've got a famous chick in our presence now! =)

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  31. oh my gosh! that is so exciting girl!! 1. your friend is gooorgeous. 2. that dress is perfect. 3. whose house is that yall shot at? yours? loved it

    and FOUR. you are so talented!

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  32. that last pictures is amazing! good job doll :)

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  33. That is so amazing!!!! And the picture was fantabulous!!! Of course he would use it:) Congrats!!!!!

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  34. congrats girl!!! That's awesome!! I can't wait for our wedding to see what kind of awesome you create! :)

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  35. This is incredible and your photography is breathtaking.

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  36. Girrrrl!!! This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so, so happy for you!! Those pictures of your friend are truly amazing.

    I wish you could just implant all your knowledge and skills right into my little head.

    Where did you learn Photoshop, if you don't mind me asking? That's my next big step--buying and learning Photoshop. (I currently have PS Elements, but I know it's not near as good or it wouldn't have been only 75 bucks!)

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