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We do what we do because we are creatives at heart and thrive on the belief that we can change the world - one beautiful photo at a time. PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER SALAMA

Picture YOU happy! What does it look like? Where do you go to reconnect for a renewed re-charged you? Here at Get Image Ready we pick up our cameras, learn all we can about inspiring people and places, and tell their stories!  Whether helping you "Get Image Ready" for business or pleasure, producing a photo shoot event that benefits a cause or teaching a workshop on lighting for beauty, we do what we do because we are creatives at heart and thrive on the belief that we can change the world - one beautiful photo and inspiring story at a time. This Magazine is our version of happy shared with YOU. May each page renew your spirits, recharge your batteries and inspire a new photo - or two!

Cindy Christi, Publisher

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CONTENTS & CONTRIBUTORS PUBLISHER: Cindy Christi EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Kimberly Hosey ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: David Lloyd OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS: Barbara Trainor David Lloyd Rizalde Sherwood Stella Crowl ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTORS: Brittany Barton Dan Trainor Faded Infinity Glam Squad Jan McCarthy Joseph C.G. Photography Korpong Studio Kami Lee Tafoya Kristy Brown Lily Melchor  Little Luvlies Luis Solis Marnee Mariott Megan Tistle NBMA Photography Nostalgic Boutique Peter Salama Old Navy Pout in Pink Selena Martinez

PUBLISHER’S LETTER 2 Where do you go to reconnect with a renewed and recharged you? EDITOR’S LETTER  4 Spring is in the air. MEET THE TEAM: 40 Barbara Trainor 50 Stella Crowl 62 David Lloyd 78 Rizalde Sherwood FASHION AND BEAUTY: 6 Explore local beauty! Artists, models, events and more. MEET THE QUEENS 7 We get to know the 2014  Arizona United States Queens. GLAM SQUAD 16 Featured boutique and Official Sponsor of the Miss Arizona United States Organization.

FEATURED MODELS: 20 Male Model Karson Hentges 23 Teen Model Gabrielle Arcilla 26 Cover Model Nicole Luciano  31 Designer Brittany Barton 32 Celebrity Summer Dawn 34 Makeup Artist Megan Tistle FEATURED WEDDING 36 See the LeBlanc’s beautiful wedding and join them on their journey to discovering each other.   3RD ANNUAL CUTEST BABY CALENDAR Meet this year’s adorable winners of the Cutest Baby Calendar contest, presented by Style Image Studios.

LIGHTING FOR BEAUTY 52 David Lloyd shares his tips on perfect lighting for a beautiful portrait. BIZ PROFILES 65 Inspirational entrepreneurs in the Valley share their passions and wisdom. 66 Franco Zavala    70 Kimberly Laten  75 Steffi Jo Kern INTRODUCING SPARKLE BELLA 89 Join us in celebrating the launch of Sparkle Bella Magazine, a fun-loving child fashion magazine!

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hat did you do over spring break?

It’s a question I hear my son asked every year at school, but it could apply to adults as well. What did you do to usher in spring? What are you changing; what are you keeping; what does spring mean for you? Sometimes, for my family, it means staying close to home and taking a good look around. Spring here in the Valley can seem like a tiny twinkling of green and cool temps before the long summer, so I feel compelled to slow down and take it all in–every fresh flower, every cool breeze, every hatchling and baby animal. We do a lot of

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SPRING HERE IN THE VALLEY CAN SEEM LIKE A TINY TWINKLING OF GREEN AND COOL TEMPS BEFORE THE LONG SUMMER. SO TREAT YOURSELF AND TAKE IT ALL IN!

photography and hiking. We don’t want to miss a thing.

Chapter 4

This spring at Get Image Ready, we’ve been busy preparing our next issue. We’re springing forward, with new models, designers and artists for you to meet. We feature the winners of the first annual Cutest Baby Calendar contest by Stella Crowl, outfitted

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an orange-red cast on the rocks as the sky was painted in streaks of purple and pink. Just before the sunset, I noticed a couple taking photos of each other. They were outlined in fiery light, absorbed in each other as they captured the occasion. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones who wanted to hang onto these moments. I offered to take a shot with both of them, and I think it was pretty good–not because I’m terribly talented, but because they got to be lost in each other in that moment.

by Old Navy and styled by local experts. We “awwed” and cooed at every single photo; I don’t know how she narrowed it down. We also have the immense pleasure of introducing this year's Arizona United States Queens. Physical beauty is only the beginning of the story for these amazing, talented women. From tranquil event locations to amazing individuals, local inspiration has sprung, and we're thrilled to take you on a tour of a few choice offerings. The last day of spring break, my family spent the day at a local lake climbing rocks, hiking trails and discovering nature. Bright red and turquoise dragonflies flitted over the water’s surface and yellow blossoms were backlit along every trail like hundreds of natural fairy lights. Latestaying wintering birds and fuzzy mallard ducklings swam beside us as we wandered, and the setting sun splashed

Our talented team of professional photographers takes that to a whole new level. With technical skill, expert eyes and incredible intuition, our photographers unfailingly capture the good stuff: the contemplative look in someone’s eyes, the joy in unexpected moments, the irresistibly contagious smile in a baby’s face. The portraits in this issue aren’t just beautiful; they bring the subjects to life. Or perhaps, they capture the essence of life that’s so fleeting and precious this time of year. I hope you feel the same as we do about spring, and will linger for a long time over the beauty in these pages as you savor this lively, vibrant time of year. This issue oozes cuteness, fun and passion. Just make sure to stop and take a look around before sunset.

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FASHION & BEAUTY Designers, models, artists, celebs and Queens ... we've got it all in local Fashion and Beauty!

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rom distinguished designers and creative makeup artists to models both seasoned and new, the Phoenix area has never lacked for substance in the fashion scene. This issue we bring you just a few gems from our beautiful (and beauty-filled) corner of the desert. Dive in and enjoy some Arizona beauty. MODEL: SUMMER DAWN PHOTOGRAPHY: RIZALDE SHERWOOD

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t’s official! On April 13, the 2014 Miss Junior Teen, Miss Teen, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. Arizona United States Queens were crowned. It is our pleasure to introduce you the 2014 titleholders for the Miss Arizona United States Organization. You’ll want to get to know more about these accomplished, caring ladies.  It was a crowning moment, but only one of many in their full lives. These wonderful women exude compassion, persistence, intelligence, and beauty—both inside and out. We’d like to congratulate all the winners, and to thank everyone in the Miss Arizona United States Organization for continuing to bring us grace, beauty and inspiration.

FROM RIGHT TO LEFT 2014 QUEENS: GABRIELLE ARCILLA SAMANTHA ANDERSON SAVANNA TROUPE JESSICA WARD KATHRYN DENSLOW

FROM RIGHT TO LEFT 2013 QUEENS: AUBREY LAITSCH LEXE RICHARDSON ARLIN GUADIAN TINA OVIST EMILIE LETTIERI

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GABRIELLE ARCILLA MISS JUNIOR TEEN ARIZONA UNITED STATES

JUNIOR TEEN COURT 2014:
 3RD RUNNER UP - KALINA CASAS
 2ND RUNNER UP - KYLIE CHURNETSKI
 1ST RUNNER UP - LAUREL GRACE CARDEW
 WINNER - GABRIELLE ARCILLA

Gabrielle Arcilla is a 14-year-old native of Scottsdale. Winning Miss Jr. Teen Arizona United States has been one of her greatest achievements in pageantry. Making a difference in her community is very important to Arcilla, and entering the pageant has opened many doors to promote The Severson Sisters Organization. Arcilla feels strongly about supporting the organization’s efforts to empower girls through programs and services that teach bullying solutions and self-compassion by inspiring girls and building self-esteem. T h e g r o u p u s e s a p l a y f u l a n d inspirational approach to help girls learn to become more aware of and express their emotions, thoughts and actions. Gabrielle enjoys sports and is a varsity cheerleader, volleyball player and member of the track team at her school. She is also the host of “Fashion Forward” on the Voice America Kids Network, where she talks about all the latest fashions and more. Arcilla is also passionate about Tahitian dancing, which she has been practicing since the age of 2. She performs year-round with Kilali’s Polynesian Revue. Arcilla hopes to be a positive role model to young women throughout her reign as Miss Jr. Teen Arizona United States and looks forward to representing Arizona at Nationals.

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FROM RIGHT TO LEFT 2014 QUEENS: GABRIELLE ARCILLA SAMANTHA ANDERSON SAVANNA TROUPE JESSICA WARD KATHRYN DENSLOW

FROM RIGHT TO LEFT 2013 QUEENS: AUBREY LAITSCH LEXE RICHARDSON ARLIN GUADIAN TINA OVIST EMILIE LETTIERI

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SAMANTHA ANDERSON MISS TEEN ARIZONA UNITED STATES Samantha Anderson, a 17-year-old from Ahwatukee, won the Miss Arizona United States title this year. Anderson is active in many charities but is most focused on Pilots for Kids, an international charity that counted her late parents as members. She hopes to carry on her parents’ tradition in flying as well as in how she reaches out to help and inspire others. Pilots in the program visit hospitalized children and bring them toys, games, books and other needed items. Like her parents, Anderson is a pilot (her father was her flight instructor) and plans to carry on the family legacy by working with Pilots for Kids. As Miss Teen Arizona, Anderson looks forward to working with her sister Queens and growing closer to them as they volunteer at numerous charitable events. She is excited to represent the Grand Canyon state this July as she competes at Nationals in Washington, D.C.

2014 TEEN COURT: 
 3RD RUNNER UP - ARIANA LUNA
 2ND RUNNER UP - CHLOE GRAVES 
 1ST RUNNER UP - ANGELICA VANAUKEN
 WINNER - SAMANTHA ANDERSON

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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT 2014 QUEENS: SAVANNA TROUPE GABRIELLE ARCILLA SAMANTHA ANDERSON JESSICA WARD KATHRYN DENSLOW

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SAVANNA TROUPE MISS ARIZONA ARIZONA UNITED STATES

2014 MISS COURT: 3RD RUNNER UP - DOMINIQUE CRUZ
 2ND RUNNER UP - EMILY JOHNSON
 1ST RUNNER UP - MELISSA YOUNKINS
 WINNER - SAVANNA TROUPE

Savanna Troupe grew up as an “at-risk” student in the education system, but she defied the odds and graduated college magna cum laude. Since 2004, she has worked with various organizations that focus on dropout prevention, academic preparation and promoting postsecondary options. Her goal as Miss Arizona United States is to continue to empower Arizona students by creating opportunities for success in higher education. Troupe has taught eighth grade math for four years, in addition to contributing countless volunteer hours to education. She also has a passion for the health and fitness industry. Troupe and her boyfriend have successfully started Will-Powered LLC, a company devoted to happy and healthy lifestyles. 12 12

JESSICA WARD MS. ARIZONA UNITED STATES Arizona native Jessica Ward lives in the Phoenix Metropolitan area where she is raising her two boys, Joseph and Jake. Jessica is currently a top performer in medical sales, specializing in sleep disorders. After serving a four-year term in the U.S. Air Force, Ward completed her degree at Arizona State University where she graduated in 2006. Ward is also an ambassador for the American Heart Association Go Red for Women movement. She is passionate about educating women about their health and teaching preventative measures that save lives. When Ward is not offering her time to numerous charities around the state, she is often found in the kitchen baking or in the backyard playing with her children and her golden retriever, Barkley.

2014 MS. COURT: 3RD RUNNER UP - MARISSA RAMBOW
 2ND RUNNER UP - MELISSA MASON 
 1ST RUNNER UP - TAJONNA LAWLER
 WINNER - JESSICA WARD

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KATHRYN DENSLOW MRS. ARIZONA UNITED STATES Kathryn Denslow and her husband Darrell are raising their three children in Scottsdale, where Denslow grew up and attended Horizon High School. She is now the vice president of human resources of 3D Spinal Solutions and president of the Arizona Baton Boosters Association, a nonprofit organization. Competing in baton twirling since the age of 5, Denslow has grown to love an active lifestyle and traveling internationally for performances. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she was a feature twirler with her sister Queen, Savanna Troupe, Miss Arizona United States 2014. With a degree in psychology and vast experience with children with special needs, Denslow has a passion for helping children in her community. She was recently honored 2013-2014 National Association of Professional Women’s VIP Human Resources Woman of the Year award for her professional and philanthropic accomplishments. Kathryn and Darrell are also avid supporters of Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors. When Denslow is not tending to her children, keeping the peace in business relations or teaching baton students, she volunteers and enjoys hot yoga. She likes to stay productive and is always on the go. Denslow says she believes that a full life is a happy life and one must enjoy the company he or she shares it with. She’s looking forward to her year as Mrs. Arizona United States, and is eager to help children realize their opportunities and reach their full potential. She hopes to show women that they do not have to choose between family and a career, but that a happy balance is imperative. After her reign, Denslow plans to complete her education and earn her Ph.D in order to study autism and developmental delays.

2014 MRS COURT: 1ST RUNNER UP - LAURIE MENDOZA 
 WINNER - KATHRYN DENSLOW

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2014 ARIZONA UNITED STATES ORGANIZATION WINNERS

ARTICLE PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVID LLOYD 2014 JUNIOR TEEN COURT:
 3RD RUNNER UP - KALINA CASAS
 2ND RUNNER UP - KYLIE CHURNETSKI
 1ST RUNNER UP - LAUREL GRACE CARDEW
 WINNER - GABRIELLE ARCILLA

2014 MS. COURT: 3RD RUNNER UP - MARISSA RAMBOW
 2ND RUNNER UP - MELISSA MASON 
 1ST RUNNER UP - TAJONNA LAWLER
 WINNER - JESSICA WARD

2014 TEEN COURT: 
 3RD RUNNER UP - ARIANA LUNA
 2ND RUNNER UP - CHLOE GRAVES 
 1ST RUNNER UP - ANGELICA VANAUKEN
 WINNER - SAMANTHA ANDERSON

2014 MRS COURT: 1ST RUNNER UP - LAURIE MENDOZA 
 WINNER - KATHRYN DENSLOW

2014 MISS COURT: 3RD RUNNER UP - DOMINIQUE CRUZ
 2ND RUNNER UP - EMILY JOHNSON
 1ST RUNNER UP - MELISSA YOUNKINS
 WINNER - SAVANNA TROUPE

2014 CONGENIALITY WINNERS: LAUREL GRACE CARDEW, SAMANTHA ANDERSON, BRANDYE LUXENBERG, MELISSA MASON, CHAR MCCREADIE

2014 PHOTOGENIC WINNERS: GABRIELLE ARCILLA ANGELICA VANAUKEN EMILY JOHNSON ANDREA LINN BRADSHAW LAURIE MENDOZA FAN FAVORITE: HUTTON WACHTLER BOMBSHELL BOOTCAMP: COURTNEY ORTEGA UJENA SWIMWEAR: GOING TO CABO - SAVANNA TROUPE SPIRIT OF PAGEANTRY - KAITLYNN MCAULAY

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FEATURED BOUTIQUE: GLAM SQUAD

Glam Squad loves helping customers bring out the elegant, breathtaking beauty within.

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MODEL: LEXE RICHARDSON WARDROBE: GLAM SQUAD PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

lam Squad, the Official Arizona Sponsor for the 2014 Miss Arizona United States Organization, dressed the Mrs. Arizona America Queens in 2013 and 2014, as well as Mrs. Arizona Evening gown winners for both years. Glam Squad loves helping customers bring out the elegant, breathtaking beauty within. Arizona ladies can find everything from official pageant gowns to prom and cocktail dresses for those special occasion; from sizes XS through 3XL. Find out more at www.GlamSquadAZ.com. 16 16

MODELS: LEFT: LAURIE MENDOZA RIGHT: JESSICA WARD WARDROBE: GLAM SQUAD PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

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Glam Squad is located 15425 N Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 250 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 219-9347

WARDROBE: GLAM SQUAD PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

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Kaitlynn is wearing a Glam Squad gown for a fantasy photo shoot. She loves to participate in pageants, when she is not playing with the family pets and her little brothers.

MODEL: KAITLYNN MCAULAY WARDROBE: GLAM SQUAD PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

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You might not make it ‘big,’ but you at least will have fun doing it.

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arson Hentges is a 15-year-old freshman at Perry High School in Gilbert. Karson has a passion for snowboarding, as well as track and field–he’s on his school team and competes in the long jump as well as the 100-meter sprint. He’s also a budding artist and loves to sketch. In his spare time he loves hanging out with his friends, listening to music and catching some movies. Even with so many activities, Karson enjoys modeling and says he finds there are some similarities between modeling and his other passions.

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“My hobbies happen to involve hard work and patience. You might not make it ‘big,’ but you at least will have fun doing it. This is true I think in modeling, snowboarding, and art,” he says. He decided to pursue modeling when a family friend recommenced it after spotting him at a party. Maybe it was the tux he was wearing at the time, but Karson had a “look,” the friend said, suggesting he give it a try. He’s also received a ton of compliments on his hair. Karson decided to give it a shot. He is also influenced by advice he still remembers from his eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Brittain, the best he ever received. “He always told us that no matter what it was, school or hobbies, you won’t get anywhere with it unless you try,” Karson says. His main inspiration is his father, who supports and encourages Karson through every activity. “ H e i s a l w a y s t h e o n e encouraging me to try different things and giving it my all. I can only hope to be as good of an athlete,

provider and father as him someday,” Karson says. Karson even takes inspiration from the tougher parts of his life, such as a cousin with whom he shared a deep bond–and who he considers a hero. Ryan, Karson’s cousin, died at 18 of an accidental overdose. Still, Karson chooses to see inspiration in the event, though he misses his cousin and best friend. “Even though he made a horrible choice that cost him his life, he has taught me an invaluable life lesson and has probably saved other lives as well,” Karson says. Even at 15, Karson seems to find ways to make time for a little bit of everything in life. “It’s pretty hard to balance my crazy life so I just take it one day at a time. I try hard to lead a healthy lifestyle, prioritize my school work, sports and responsibilities at home while making time for the fun stuff, like modeling. Somehow, I get it all done!”

I can only hope to be as good of an athlete, provider and father as (my Dad) someday.

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FEATURED MALE MODEL: Like modeling, Karson Hentges says his art involves persistence and patience, but pays off in the end. From sketching Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad” to Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby,” he continues to develop his talent. Karson looks forward to becoming a husband and father and providing for a family like his own father. Until then, hopes for continued success in modeling, sports and art.

ARTICLE BY: KIMBERLY HOSEY PHOTOGRAPHY: RIZALDE SHERWOOD

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(We help) Super Girls to become confident Super Women who will lead their communities.

SEVERSON SISTERS, SUPPORTED BY GABRIELLE ARCILLA

FEATURED TEEN MODEL

ARTICLE BY: KIMBERLY HOSEY PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

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abrielle Arcilla is only 14, but she's plenty busy. The aspiring model is also the host of her own radio show, "Fashion Forward," on VoiceAmerica Kids Network. The show, hosted by Arcilla and another teen, invites listeners along on the young women's journey as they learn about the fashion industry. The program hosts discussions from the teens' diverse viewpoints and experts as they delve into on fashion, current trends, shopping and more. When she isn't modeling or at the microphone, Arcilla devotes time to cheerleading, running track, singing and dancing.

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FEATURED TEEN MODEL: GABRIELLE ARCILLA A major love of Arcilla's is participating in pageants, where she has taken a stand against bullying by choosing the Severson Sisters Organization as her platform. Severson Sisters is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls through programs and services that teach bullying solutions and compassion for themselves and others by inspiring girls and building self esteem. The organization helps girls to be aware of and express their emotions, thoughts and actions in an inspirational and playful way. Follow Arcilla on Facebook Fashion Forward f2 ARTICLE BY: KIMBERLY HOSEY PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

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MODEL: NICOLE LUCIANO DESIGNER: BRITTANY BARTON

hen Nicole Luciano first began modeling in 2008 for makeup artist and photographer Kacey Luvi Pearson, she had no idea she'd fall in love with it. “It was just going to be for the fun experience, but after I realized how great the photos came out I decided that modeling was something I was interested in getting into,” Luciano says. Since then, Luciano has been working with Stella Crowl and Style Image Studios, and was selected as one the women featured in the upcoming Style Image Studios 2015 Sexy Ladies Calendar, to be shot in Las Vegas.

Luciano has walked in several fashion shows, wearing items from Woman’s Touch Apparel, Mabella Chic and more and has worked with other photographers, including Maria Ceja with Unique Artistry, Dave Kelley Photography and Rizalde Sherwood with Studio World Photography and Get Image Ready. On her latest fashion shoot, Luciano worked with a team including designer Brittany Barton, makeup artist Kami Tafoya with Smoke and Mirrors Studio, hair stylist Shannon Thomas-Zeluff with Studio3 photographer Stella Crowl with

MAKEUP: KAMI TAFOYA PHOTOGRAPHY: STELLA CROWL

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Modeling has really inspired me, not only within the industry, but as an individual.

MODEL: NICOLE LUCIANO DESIGNER: BRITTANY BARTON MAKEUP: KAMI TAFOYA PHOTOGRAPHY: STELLA CROWL

Style Image Studios and Get Image Ready. She loved the experience as much as the results. “All these ladies are such a joy to work with and I am so happy we were able to work together to feature these amazing designs. Prior to this photo shoot, we did not have a chance to meet and fit the dress, but surprisingly it was a perfect fit,” Luciano says. 27 27

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MODEL: NICOLE LUCIANO DESIGNER: BRITTANY BARTON MAKEUP: KAMI TAFOYA PHOTOGRAPHY: STELLA CROWL

When she’s not busy modeling, Luciano still stays quite busy–she’s a single mother to a 4-year-old boy named Dominic, works full-time and takes part-time courses through the University of Phoenix. In her free time she enjoys playing with her son, spending time with friends and family–and modeling, which she still firmly counts in the “for fun” category. “Just like everyone else, my life is intense,” Luciano says. “I’ve had to work hard for where I am today, been through struggles just like others, but those struggles have only helped me appreciate the life I have in front of me.” 29

Luciano points to her mother as a source of inspiration. “She has guided me to become the strong, independent woman I am today. Due to her experiences and struggles, she has kept me positive and working hard to reach that greatness in life,” she says. She also finds great inspiration from modeling, even if she came upon it almost by accident. She couldn’t see her life without the outlet now. “Modeling has really inspired me, not only within the industry, but as an individual,” Luciano says. “Throughout the last few years I have gained much more confidence just from being behind that camera. I have become more outgoing due to all the people I have had the opportunity to meet and work with and I can actually enjoy being my random, crazy self in front of others without wondering what they are thinking.” From walking in several fashion shows to working with prominent designers and photographers, Nicole Luciano is in demand. She balances her modeling career with personal and professional growth, and can't wait to see where it takes her next.

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MODEL: NICOLE LUCIANO DESIGNER: BRITTANY BARTON MAKEUP: KAMI TAFOYA PHOTOGRAPHY: STELLA CROWL

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THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE DRESS WAS THAT I WANTED SOMETHING THAT WAS GOING TO BE A SHOWSTOPPER.

DESIGNER: BRITTANY BARTON PHOTOGRAPHY: STELLA CROWL AND COURTESY OF BRITTANY BARTON ARTICLE: KIMBERLY HOSEY

ocal fashion designer Brittany Barton spent six to nine months creating the strikingly detailed red dress highlighted in our spread. After sewing the gown by hand, Barton applied the button ruffles and embroidery flowers each by hand. The work of art was Barton's way to make a statement, she says. BRITTANY BARTON - DESIGNER "The inspiration behind the dress was that I wanted something that was going to be a showstopper," Barton says. "Something that would demand your attention." Barton, who recently earned her Bachelor of Arts from Collins College, has lived in the Phoenix area for seven years and hails from New York. Follow Barton on Facebook brittany.barton.927

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FEATURED CELEBRITY Blessed with a musical childhood, Summer Dawn has been playing piano and singing since she was 4 years old, and since then she’s become a local star.

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hoenix native Summer Dawn is our hometown country girl superstar! Born the day after Valentine's Day, this local girl has been winning the hearts of Valley fans since the tender age of 6, performing shows for the neighbors. Blessed with a musical childhood, Dawn has been playing piano and singing since she was 4. Since then, she's continued to add to her musical talents by learning guitar and bass. She's even been known to take a turn on the drums. Dawn is no stranger to the brightest of spotlights, and has performed in Las Vegas and Canada as well as on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and alongside Gene Simmons. She loves to collaborate, and has worked with other producers and musicians on several projects. She's also performed at many local venues,

including singing at Barcelona in Scottsdale for three years until it closed in 2009. Signed with a local label, Dawn released her debut record, "An Elegant Mess," in January 2011. The album features tracks “Rainy Days Gone,” “Please You Bad” and “Guilty.” Her music combines wholesome country music elements with pop and other modern touches, and she seeks to inspire and relate to her audience through her lyrics. The singer and songwriter can been seen performing nightly at Mastro’s City Hall in Scottsdale. Follow Summer Dawn: www.summerdawnmusic.com SummerMusicAZ Twitter: @summerdawnmusic 33 33

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hen Megan Tistle was a young girl, she loved visiting makeup stores to peruse the lipsticks and eye shadows, dreaming of buying everything in the store. However, instead of just playing with makeup like many girls, Tistle learned to use her trained eye, imagination and talent to become a freelance makeup artist, working in everything from fashion shows and media productions to special effects. Tistle fell in love with makeup artistry early and never looked back. Since then, she has turned her passion into a career as a certified professional makeup artist. Her dramatic,

FEATURED MAKEUP ARTIST: MEGAN TISTLE

WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT I DO FOR FUN, MY ANSWER IS ALWAYS MAKEUP.

striking work in makeup and special effects won Tistle the honor of makeup artist of the year ABOVE LEFT: BARBARA TRAINOR PHOTOGRAPHY

MODEL: MEGAN TISTLE

ABOVE CENTER: KORPONG STUDIO

MODEL: ALEXISS TRITPI

LEFT: NBMA PHOTOGRAPHY

MODEL: MAUREEN MONTAGNE

LOWER RIGHT: NBMA PHOTOGRAPHY

MODEL: SAYDI ZIRKER

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2013 for Phoenix, awarded by the RAW:Natural Born Artists Organization. Tistle’s love for the art has only grown with time. “When people ask me what I do for fun, my answer is always makeup. I will sit in front of my mirror all night or on the days I'm not working creating new looks and learning new techniques,” she says. She has experience in print, film, bridal, beauty, fashion, special effects and event makeup. Her work in special effects makeup, airbrush work, runway and pin-up makeup, men’s makeup, bridal beauty, corrective and body makeup and more have been featured in local and international magazines as well as other media. Tistle has high hopes for her future, and looks forward to see where her career takes her from here. “I found my passion in life,” she says. PHOTO FAR RIGHT: BARBARA TRAINOR PHOTOGRAPHY TOP TO BOTTOM: PHOTO BY MEGAN TISTLE, MODEL JADE COX (HALF FACE BURNT) PHOTOGRAPHY BY FADED INFINITY, MODEL HILARY MONSEIF JOSEPH C.G PHOTOGRAPHY, MODEL BRITTANY BOYSEL (MEGAN CREATING SUGAR SKULL MAKEUP )

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LeBLANC WEDDING

rigid met her husband Mike in Hawaii during what should have been a blissful paradise vacation--but instead turned out to be a disaster. On the third day of Brigid's trip, she was severely injured and unable to return home. Luckily, a friend was able to put her up during most of her recovery. However, he couldn't help her during the first few days. To take up the slack during the beginning of her stay, Brigid's friend volunteered his roommate-Mike. Though he came highly recommended, Brigid wasn't sure of the situation, right up until she met her host. "From the moment I laid eyes on Mike, all my worries were forgotten. Three years later, and Mike and I still are taking care of each other each and every day," she says. Brigid and Mike LeBlanc were married March 22, 2013, at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix.

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BRIGID & MIKE LEBLANC

BRIDE AND GROOM

BRIDE: BRIGID LEBLANC GROOM : MIKE LEBLANC PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

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From the moment I laid eyes on Mike, all my worries were forgotten. Three years later, and Mike and I still are taking care of each other each and every day.

BRIDE: BRIGID LEBLANC GROOM : MIKE LEBLANC PHOTOGRAPHY: DAN TRAINOR

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BRIDE: BRIGID LEBLANC GROOM : MIKE LEBLANC PHOTOGRAPHY: BARBARA TRAINOR

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Barbara Trainor Photography BARBARA TRAINOR PROFESSIONAL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER

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Barbara’s first interest in photography was sparked when her parents bought her a camera for her 13th birthday.

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Barbara Trainor’s first interest in photography was sparked when her parents bought her a camera for her 13th birthday. Thrilled with the possibilities, she soon forgot what she had actually asked for. Through the years, she photographed many things and found she had an artistic eye for great photographs, but never really learned the technical part of photography until much later. Fast forward to many years later, Trainor bought her first digital SLR camera because she was annoyed with the delay of the point and shoot cameras and missing all of the action. A friend encouraged her to take a nature photography class together and she found that her photographs improved 100% in just one day. She followed that with a couple more nature and night photography classes…and many hours of practicing all of the techniques she has learned. Tr a i n o r h a d n ’ t s e r i o u s l y photographed people until coming across a studio lighting class that offered an opportunity to work side by side with professional photographers photographing models. She gained some great experience in this class that was offered by Get Image Ready and won the opportunity to work with

other professionals to shoot a fashion spread in magazine shoot. Trainor continued to work with Get Image Ready gaining experience in shooting, people, fashion, pageants, and events and became a part of their regular photography team. Today Trainor photographs families, fashion, boudoir pageants, weddings and more. She has never forgotten her love for nature photography and continues to grab any moment she can in nature. 41 41

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ith spring giving way to summer, Mother's Day recently passed, Father's Day coming soon and kids everywhere looking forward to summer break; children are on our minds. Style Image Studios held the annual Baby Calendar casting call, and owner Stella Crowl presents the winners here so you can smile along and “Aww” your way through every month of the year. Sponsored by Get Image Ready Magazine and Old Navy

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MODEL: LAYLA SEPTEMBER

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FEATURED MODEL EMBERLYNN Cover model Emberlynn, from the East Valley, is a creative, outgoing 4-year-old who loves helping in the kitchen and crafting with her mom. If it involves glue, scissors or glitter she's in! She also paints whenever she can. Emberlynn loves to give out hugs and has an especially close bond with her older brother, who has special needs. Her favorite foods are pickles and almost every kind of fruit. www.facebook.com/em.enchanting

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DAVINA DAVINA, who also goes by “Vina,” is 4 years old and already competitive, holding her own in both pageants and soccer games. She loves to eat pizza and chicken nuggets.

RHYAN RHYAN, who is 16 months old, loves to eat Reese's Puffs cereal and lollipops. He also goes by “RhyRhy,” and some of his favorite things to do are playing with his sisters and eating.

RIHANA RIHANA, who's 6 years old and in first grade, loves to model and is a reigning Arizona United States Princess! She likes singing, dancing and performing of any kind. Rihana dances on a team that performs throughout Arizona. Her favorite foods are pizza and spaghetti. 44

TROY is 4 years old, plays soccer and loves to play with costumes.

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PARIS MAYA is 1, loves to play with baby dolls and enjoys eating pizza and macaroni and cheese.

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ADDISON & AIDAN ADDISON, who's in kindergarten, likes to dance and play with her toy tea party set. Her favorite food is pizza.

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AIDAN goes by the nickname “Bubby.” His favorite food is Goldfish crackers with Cheerios, and besides playing with his train and trucks, he enjoys giving his sister a hard time.

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ARISTON, who is 11 months old and also goes by “Ari” and “Pie,” loves playing with his wooden blocks and bouncing up and down to make people smile.

LAYLA, whose nickname is “Tinka,” is 15 months old, loves to watch the Sprout television channel for kids and practice baby yoga. She likes macaroni and cheese.

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MICHAEL is 4 years old and in preschool. His family has clean cars because he can’t get enough of the car w a s h ’s h u g e scrubbers and foamy soap. He likes the party game Catch Phrase.

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LAYLA, who’s 10 months old, has many toys, but she really loves empty plastic water bottles. The texture and crunching sounds entertain her for hours.

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ARIEL is 7 and holds the title as the 2013/2014 Junior Little Miss Triumph Over Tragedy USA Princes. She enjoys cooking deserts, m o d e l i n g , re a d i n g books and playing with her friends.

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ELIANA, at just 3 years old, is already a little gymnast and loves to practice. She also enjoys playing dress-up and hosting tea parties, and likes to eat spaghetti and meatballs. Even at 1 year old, ANNALEIGH (whose nickname is “Monster�) knows she loves to model. She enjoys eating chicken and avocados and likes to play with her baby Cabbage Patch.

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Between Zumba dancing and learning new moves in jiu-jitsu, MARCUS stays pretty active! The 8-year-old 2nd-grader also likes Bionicle science fantasy building sets and loves building anything.

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STELLA CROWL STYLE IMAGE STUDIOS

AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER

BEST OF OUR VALLEY 2014 ARIZONA FOOTHILLS MAGAZINE

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A successful photography career and a family of five keep Stella Crowl quite busy, but she continues to grow--and thrive. Crowl is an award-winning photographer and an official photographer for Get Image Ready, Phoenix Fashion Week, Arizona United States Organization, Style Image Studios and more. She specializes in fashion, family, pageant and event photography.

From family photos to high fashion runways, I love to capture those priceless, artistic moments in time, I love to capture those priceless, artistic moments in time.

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"From family photos to high fashion runways, I love to capture those priceless, artistic moments in time," she says. Crowl is the owner of Style Image Studios as well as Sparkle Bella Magazine, a children's fashion pageant magazine as well as the princess director for the Little Miss Arizona United States Organization. During six years in business, Crowl has shot a wide range of subjects and events, including charity galas, the Kardashians and Gene Simmons. She's even taken her camera to the Playboy Mansion, a favorite trip of hers. Her photography has earned Crowl recognition and awards, such

as Best of the Valley 2014 from Arizona Foothills Magazine. While she photographs families and pageants, Crowl's specialty is fashion photography. This year, she teamed up with Old Navy for her annual Children's Calendar, featured in this issue.

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Model Elizabeth Riley poses for the lighting setup demonstration.

LIGHTING FOR BEAUTY W hen you’re shooting an environmental portrait, creating and capturing beautiful light is essential. By following these six basic steps, you can set a stage that will light up your images. THE SIX BASIC STEPS ARE AS FOLLOWS: MODEL RIGHT: ELIZABETH RILEY MODEL LEFT: TESSA ALEXANDER WARDROBE: NOSTALGIC BOUTIQUE

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3. Define the pose, facial position and direction for your model to look. 4. Measure the ambient light value. 5. Selectively position your lights. 6. Set the output power for the desired ratio.

FLASH EXPOSURE CHART Fig. 1

PREMISE: Unlike naturally occurring light -- that is, the light which is ambient to the setting at the time of creating your portrait -- the exposure and quality of light for portable OCF lighting, is sensitive to the following factors. • Light to subject distance. • Light value reduction from the light modifier. • Flash output power or guide number. For the purpose of keeping this instruction set simple, a lighting formula and exposure chart will be provided to allow for a quick, guess-free setup. With some practice, the use of this formula will provide you with very consistent results, helping you to develop a kind of intuitive second nature, allowing: a. b. c. d. e.

A quick evaluation of the brightness of a scene. Knowing where to place your subject. Knowing where to place your lights. Setting the flash and ambient exposure values. Creative Composition and photography.

THE SIX BASIC STEPS EXPANDED: 1. Select a Suitable Backdrop Note: Your backdrop will frame and set the stage for your portrait, t h e re f o re s e l e c t a c o l o r f u l o r picturesque setting, preferably in open shade, where the ambient light is non-directional. 2. Model Position and Camera Angle Position your model within the scene and determine a good camera angle. 3. Pose Your Subject Set the pose, facial position and direction for your model to look.

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Note: This step is essential as it will define the placement of your lights. You can find excellent posing ideas in fashion magazines. 4. Measure the Ambient Light Level Note: You will be measuring the ambient light value of the scene with your camera. a. Set your camera to AV, Aperture Priority Mode. b. Set the ISO for 100. Set the aperture for f5.6 c. Note the resulting shutter speed, as indicated by the camera meter, while viewing and framing the scene to be photographed.

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c. Next, raise the height of the main light to about a 30-degree angle above your subject’s eyes. d. Set the distance from the main light to the subject to 5 feet. 6:15 O’Clock - The Fill Light (7 feet) The purpose of the fill light is to lift the value of the shadows created by the main light. As the main light is off camera axis, it will produce shadows, whose direction and length describe the classic portrait lighting patterns. Ideally the fill light should not produce secondary shadows. This is accomplished by placing it very near the camera lens axis and at the eye level of the subject. a. Depending on the relative value (day shot) or absence (night shot) of ambient light in the scene, the depth of shadows created by the main light will vary. b. Often during the day, the fill light will be provided by the existing ambient light. Nonetheless, it is important to learn how to control it. c. Place the fill light close to the camera at a distance of 7 feet from the subject, approximately eye level with your subject.

10 O’Clock - The Hair Light (10 feet) The purpose of the hair light is to create a subtle rim of light on the back of the hair and shoulders of the subject to help separate the subject from the background and create a sense of dimension. a. Typically and for the purpose of this example, the hair light will be placed directly opposite the main light, in the 10 o’clock position, 10 feet behind the subject. b. While a light modifier, such as a snoot can be placed over the hair light to restrict unwanted light from splashing in the scene, the snoot does not reduce the light output. c. The hair light should be set for the same exposure value as that of the main light and elevated to a 60-degree angle above the subject. d. As the light is direct from the flash, the power setting will be derived from the left hand side of the exposure chart. 6. Setting the Output Power of the Lights In flash photography, the light from the flash is used to illuminate the subject. The flash guide number (GN) is a measure of the distance at which the light from the flash unit is sufficient for optimal exposure. 58 58

The Guide Number formula is as follows: (GN)=distance (feet) Ă— aperture (f-number)

To find desired aperture or new distance divide the GN value on the exposure chart by either the desired distance or aperture. Main Light Power Setting (f5.6 LV - 1/4 power) a. Using the exposure chart, note that the power setting to achieve proper illumination for an aperture setting of f5.6 is listed as 1/4 power on the right-hand side of the exposure chart. b. That is, modifying the flash with a small umbrella or soft box, attenuates the light such that it will produce a correct exposure value at a distance of 5 feet from the subject, for an aperture of f5.6 at a power setting of 1/4. Note: The exposure chart is based on a flash unit with a Guide Number (GN) of 58 meters at a zoom setting of 105mm at full power (1/1). This is similar to the Nikon SB910 and the Canon 580 EX II and 600 RT EX models. For the purposes of this example formula, the exposure chart has been calculated for 70mm (straight flash) and 14mm (flash into umbrella)

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Fill Light Power Setting (f5.6 LV - 1/4 power) a. In order that the fill light not erase the shadows produced by the main light, the fill light should contribute less light to the portrait than the main light. b. This difference in exposure or illumination value is defined as the main to fill lighting ratio. That is the difference in brightness between the highlight and shadow areas of the subject. Typical lighting ratios are 1:2, 1:3 and 1:5. Note: The position of the main light is such that it only illuminates the highlight side of the face, establishing the shadow or lighting pattern. Conversely, the fill light position is such that it illuminates both the shadows and the highlights. c. For the purpose of this example, the fill light will be set to produce one stop less light than the main light, for a 1:3 lighting ratio. d. This can be achieved by setting the output of the fill light to half that of the main light, or by simply increasing the distance of the fill light from the subject. e. For the example of this article, the distance of the fill light will be increased to 7 feet from the subject, as the means to reduce it’s light value and the main and fill lights will both be set for 1/4 power.

Hair Light Power Setting (f5.6 LV - 1/8 power) a. Noting from the lighting diagram of Fig. 1. the hair light is positioned at 10 O’clock at a distance of 10 feet from the subject. b. The hair light should also be elevated to about a 60-degree angle above the subject to push light down and minimize the opportunity of the hair light being in the camera frame. c. This elevation also minimizes the opportunity for the hair light to glance off of the curved surface of the subject’s shoulders, back into the camera lens as glare. d. As the hair light is direct flash, the left side of the exposure chart will be used to provide the power settings. e. Therefore to achieve an exposure value of f5.6, the hair light output is set for 1/8 power.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE The power settings as defined by the exposure chart, Fig. 1 may vary due to the actual flash units, modifiers, and reflectivity of the subject’s clothing, hair color and skin complexion. The positions of the lights, as presented in this article, and graphically represented by Fig. 2 are a general guide to positioning the three lights described. My personal gear of choice used in creating the photographs for this article are displayed in Fig. 3: Sony A99 Camera, Sony-Carl Zeiss f2.8 24mm-70mm lens and my Signature Portable Lighting Kit, all of which can be purchased at Tempe Camera. To learn more about me, my Portable Lighting Kit and my series of Photographic Lighting Workshops, please visit: www.GetImageReady.com David Lloyd, CPP Certified Professional Photographer and Tutor

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Chapter 10

DAVID LLOYD,CPP

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It is essential as a photographer to understand the nature of light and how to shape it.

(480) 284-5516 DAVID.LLOYD@MAC.COM WWW.DAVIDLLOYDPHOTO.COM

Growing up in the ‘50s, David Lloyd’s interest in photography and the technology of electronics was shaped at an early age, building experimental vacuum tube radios and spending evenings and weekends in the school darkroom. He was further inspired by his uncle Julian Ely, who was stationed in Japan during WWII and became the editor and chief photographer for the Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper. Along with earning exclusive rights to photograph the Emperor during the rebuilding ofJapan, Lloyd’s uncle gave him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. “The whole process of taking pictures, developing the film and then projecting the image onto photographic paper, totally fascinated me,” says Lloyd. “Along with building my own radios, I was truly instilled with the idea that I could build anything I wanted to. To me, photography and electronics were the ultimate do-ityourself projects and propelled me into the field of electrical engineering and professional photography.” Lloyd’s career in professional photography officially began in 1975 as a new product design engineer for

Vivitar Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif. Deeply inspired by his interest in photography, Lloyd instituted a photography instruction course for the Vivitar engineering staff. As his course evolved, the curriculum included trips to Hollywood Fashion Studios. “I wanted to instill the engineering staff with a personal interest in photography, to stimulate their design ideas,” says Lloyd. “We were a think tank in those years and Vivitar 63 63

products were very hot items amongst amateur and professional photographers alike.” Lloyd soon focused on designing a modular flash system based around components of the Vivitar 283 and 365 flash units. “The idea was to create an expandable portable lighting system for the wedding photographer,” says Lloyd. Through this work he experimented, taught and designed with a focus on designing the ultimate portable lighting system. Years later, many of Lloyd’s design ideas, including a U.S. Patent for electronic flash, have entered today’s market in the ever-expanding field of off-camera flash, focused on the use of small shoe-mount flash units for on-location lighting.

Workshops, which include Get Image Ready Photo Shoot & Personal Branding events and a yearly Hollywood ‘40s workshop. David Lloyd’s Photographic Lighting Workshops are posted online at: http://www.meetup.com/PhotographicLighting-Workshops/ Lloyd also offers private one-on-one tutoring sessions in studio and outdoor lighting, digital imaging processing with Photoshop and Lightroom as well as e-book publishing with unique hands-on teaching style, designed to focus on the specific tools each client desires to learn.

“It is essential as a photographer to understand the nature of light and how to shape it,” says Lloyd. It’s for this reason that he has developed simple lighting techniques to replicate iconic eras of photography and has created a rich curriculum of Photographic Lighting Wo r k s h o p s t o s h a r e t h e s e i d e a s w i t h o t h e r photographers.   “My background in engineering, technology and computers allowed for an easy transition to digital photography,” says Lloyd. “I augmented my professional photography business with teaching college courses in digital photography and became the go-to digital guru for local photographers making the digital transition.” Today, Lloyd’s continuing passion for photographic lighting has launched the creation of a unique portable Lighting Kit and a series of Photographic Lighting

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CHAPTER 11

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ome of the most creative, insightful and successful business owners in many fields are right in our own backyard. Arizona's most successful commercial actor (you've probably seen him in Walmart advertisements) is building a community of artists as he builds his own artistic career. An authority in healthy living encourages people to embrace their inner potential and go for what truly moves them in life. A certified architectural color expert helps companies large and small to create exteriors match the vision and potential within. We sat down with three local success stories to find out what moves them–and how they help to inspire others.

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Biz Profile: Franco Zavala F

ranco Zavala doesn't believe in coincidence. In fact, he thinks a lot of things in his life were destined to be. Still, he’s also learned what it takes to succeed, in business or in life: dedication, a plan and a lot of hard work. Zavala, an entrepreneur and commercial actor, sat down with Get Image Ready Magazine to talk about how GIR helped him get his start, some projects he’s working on, and what inspires him.

ARTICLE BY: KIMBERLY HOSEY PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVID LLOYD

GIR: What about your work makes you smile every day? One thing I’m really excited about right now is this concept I came up with called

2MinAudition. Actors and other artists upload a two-minute audition for whatever they’d like to do, and people come and vote on which one they want to see supported. We’ve only launched it in the last year and a half, and the objective was to put a friendly competition out there between artists. The winner won $500 cash, they got represented by my agent, and they got an opportunity to audition to a couple of films. It’s really exciting. I started out with no advertisers and I ended up getting 100,000 people coming to the website, 80 countries, 15,000 votes—and this 66 66

was all just word of mouth. Next, I want to bring it across America. I’m going from state to state and I’m going to run auditions, and eventually the prize will be a year scholarship to Los Angeles, New York or Miami; where we pay your bills, pay your living expenses and we pay for your classes. For one full year all you do is wake up every morning and focus on your dream. I also help and coach people—anyone, no matter what they do. I like inspiring people. I don’t charge for it. People find me and my payoff, what makes me smile, is seeing them succeed. I’m also really excited about a movie I’m making with Kalani Hilliker, who’s maybe one of the most famous dancers in the state. It’s a story of a stepdad, who I’m playing, who comes into this family with a wife and a 13-year-old daughter, who is a dancer. The mom passes away. So now he's trying to run a company, raise a 13-year-old girl, become a dance dad and still run a company. And it's an up-and-down struggle, and what we learn is that the two need each other. I really love it because it matches some of my own story. I didn’t have my five children biologically. They’re my wife’s children from her first husband. When he died I hated it; it was tragic. But my wife is strong, and we fell in love. And it was the most natural thing in the world to be a dad for my kids. It was the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

GIR: What is the most important way you serve the people you coach and inspire? I inspire others to be more focused on their goals and their dreams and apply it to the entertainment field, which is a very hard field to talk about. In general, artist of all types are very insecure. We don’t like watching our own stuff. There’s a lot of self image that comes into play. Not only that, but your branding has to be good. You make one mistake and you’re started down a bad route. GIR: How do you help your clients with their image and or branding? I think 2MinAudition really helps there because I want to build a real core business around this and I want to build a real core following around taking an individual from whatever background they have, no matter what they might look like—we’re talking prison to good old family kids, it does not matter—and just trying to see if we can make it work. And we can take this concept and transform it into any entertainment field, and take that person and take them to a level that they’ve never known before. GIR: What are some of the ways you have invested in your own personal brand? I want to show my unique story and how it influences what I do. I opened out a company to run productions out of; it’s called Stay Focused Productions. I want to be able to tell the story of not only why I do it, but that 67 67

it can be done at any level of life. I’m 35. I didn’t start acting until I was 31. It’s really all just a part of who I am. I have five children; I run two companies, I do fulltime acting—and I do it because I want to. GIR: What are your favorite fashions for work, red-carpet and leisure? I'm starting my own clothing line called Be Original. I'm in the prototype phase right now. I'm a very stylish person; my favorite clothes to wear is a company called Five Four out of LA, and that's literally all I wear. It's either that or I'm doing my own thing. It's hard for me to wear the same clothes everybody else is wearing; I like to wear my own stuff. GIR: How has Get Image Ready helped you put your best face forward? It all started with Get Image Ready. It began when Cindy Christi gave me an opportunity to be the spokesperson for a company called Just StringZ. That was the first time I got to see my face on a poster or be in a commercial. I got hooked and addicted to this business. Now, I’m the highest-paid commercial actor in Arizona for my agency. A long time ago when Cindy first taught me what it meant to brand myself, I didn't really understand it. But she made it very clear to me that first impressions are everything. You want to brand yourself, but it's not

only about the way you look; it's about the way you carry yourself and the way you talk and your manners. Don't get me wrong; the way you look definitely plays a part. But if you're feeling good, you're automatically going to want to dress nicely and you'll look way better. That's confidence. So Cindy taught me about accepting who I was with my tattoos and my background. There wasn't anything I couldn’t accomplish; the only limitations were what I was putting on myself. I learned from working with her and watching her behind the camera and in front of the camera. GIR: How do you give back? Besides 2MinAudition, mentoring is how I give back. I never charge anybody for what I do. I have mentored tons of artists and business professionals, all the way from an individual who runs a company of 150 people to somebody who’s just starting out. They find me and they come to me and they bring me into their environment. For anybody who comes to me for help, I have three steps. I listen to what you need to do. I give you my take, my input of what I think you goals and objectives should be. And I give you a time frame in which to do it. You don't do it in that time frame; I don't work with you anymore. Because you're not serious. And I don't give second chances. This is your opportunity. You're either going to do it or you're not. 68 68

I don't have all the answers. But I know where to find them. I know how to point you in the direction that you need to go. Ultimately, I can show you the door, but you have to walk through it. I think I give back by listening, and giving people that push and that opportunity to take the first step. GIR: What inspired you to get into your line of work? The companies I manage—Stay Focused productions and 2MinAudition—inspire me. That’s why I do it. But my family is behind it all. I went from nothing to five kids, and I always wanted a family. It’s been the dominant thought in my body and mind. GIR: Who is your mentor or hero, and why? Paul Martinelli is my mentor. But he's the one who got me started in this business of teaching. When I needed help, I went to Paul. He helped me at at a difficult point in my life and helped me get out there instead of focusing on the bad stuff. Everything that I do in this business, I've learned from him, I've learned listening to him. I would just sit and study for hours with him, just listening to him talk. And my hero is my wife, hands down, because not many women can bounce back from that the way she has. It's incredible. She's just this shining light. I'm really good at what I do, and I couldn't even touch my wife on what she does; she's so good.

GIR: How do you find time in your life for all you do-how do you stay balanced? Routine. Every morning I get up at 7 and I do personal development. I'll listen to audiobooks and I'll write my notes. Then I meditate for about 35 minutes. I do about 30 minutes of meditation on the person I want to be and then I do about another 20 minutes of meditation some time during the day. After morning meditation I work out, come home and I spend two hours on one job, two hours on the other job; and then the kids come home and I don't do any work. I focus on the children, and then once the kids start winding down toward dinnertime, I'll go in and do another hour, answer emails, have dinner, put the kids to sleep, come back in and read with my wife, wind down and go to bed. I've noticed that I can do better with a steady focus on one thing than with multitasking. I can't just stay in my office. I need to make sure my house is in balance first, and then my career will be in balance. To learn more about Franco’s businesses visit: www.2minaudition.com 2MinAudition www.stayfocusedproductions.com StayFocusedProductions

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Biz Profile: Kimberly Laten

We are the conduit between conception and reality.

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What is really unique about Color Design is our process.

imberly Laten, founder and managing partner of Scottsdale-based Color Design LLC, is a successful entrepreneur who demonstrates that some passions and careers are found in unsuspecting places. She spent much of youth and college years studying dance, and actually launched her own dance business at the ripe old age of 15. Flash forward to today, and Laten is a certified architectural color consultant. Her company works with investors and property owners all around the United States, making their commercial buildings and multi-family properties beautiful with paint and exterior

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design elements. She is also mother to two active children.

work we do, I know we provide the ROI (return on investment) they are looking for.

How does one go from dancer to exterior paint consultant? Laten recently sat down to tell us more about her interesting line of work and how she “balances it all.”

What is really unique about Color Design LLC is our process. We hone in on the decision making and create visual imagery to help owners get to quality finished results quickly. We are the conduit between conception and reality. We visit properties and assess environmental factors such as lighting and neighboring structures. We carefully consider climate, local style and the target market. Then, we digitally render sample boards with options for paint color, stone, new signage, tile, roofing and so on. The clients get to fully visualize their options before selecting the final palette and details.

GIR: What about your work makes you smile every day? I have found such a unique and large-scale way to express my creativity, some days I just can’t believe my good fortune! It’s not like you grow up saying to yourself, “I’m going to choose paint colors for big buildings one day.” Fifteen years ago, when I went to work in sales for a major paint manufacturer, I had no idea I would fall in love with this process of transformation. I never get tired of before and afters! I see endless possibilities everywhere. Wherever I go, I observe architecture and landscape, colors and details. I’m constantly designing and creating in my mind a well-choreographed visual communication plan. I truly love what I do. GIR: What is the most important way you serve your clients? My clients are institutional investors, private equity groups, syndicators, mom-and-pop owners, property management companies, architects and sometimes paint contractors. In the end, I understand and appreciate that the only reason they want their buildings redesigned is if the investment brings them a return in the form of higher property market value and/or higher rents and lower vacancies. Honestly, I have so much confidence in the

It is a lot like a few shows on HGTV, with digital presentations that show remodel options to homeowners. Surprisingly, our digital services are very unique in the commercial and multi-family housing exterior redesign arena, and our clients love it. It sets us apart. GIR: What inspired you to get into this line of work? As I mentioned, it was a bit accidental. I have always been attracted to both architecture and color, so the marriage of the two came naturally. When I worked for the paint manufacturer doing similar consultation work, I just kept thinking that there was an opportunity to provide so much more to clients. I look at buildings as billboards for owners–billboards that help them build their brands. That’s why my company takes it to the next level and provides value-added services. In addition to what I described before, we also serve by assisting with vendor selections, sourcing best prices for materials, managing 71 71

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new home and look forward to adding my style to it in the months to come.

I call our finished projects “drive-by art,” and every artist knows that there is more work than meets the eye in creating a stunning finished piece.

What are some personal and professional goals you have going forward?

GIR: What sets your work and style apart? My style, my creative soul and my energy all support my work and infuse my company with its unique style and branding. But when it comes to rendering the best results for my customers, I have to be in tune to architectural and color styles and trends across 50 states. That means I may have to filter out personal preferences from time to time, and I also have to adapt my thinking and my design eye rapidly when flying around to distinctly different marketplaces in short periods of time.

Professionally, Color Design LLC is expanding rapidly into new markets, and I plan to continue that trend by providing outstanding service. Our recently added media and interior color consulting are exciting ways we can help clients in a more comprehensive fashion. Personally, I have many goals, but I really do feel like I’m in a “pinch me am I awake” stage of my life right now. With a new home to settle into, wonderful children and a thriving business, I’m OK with a little more of the same for a while.

GIR: How do you find time for all you do in your life? How do you stay balanced? Quite honestly, there is never enough time for everything! Color Design LLC is on a huge growth trajectory, and at times it is equally exciting and overwhelming. I absolutely believe it takes a village to keep the balance. When you have a passion for what you do that is noticeable, it fuels others around you to jump in and support your efforts. I have friends and family that come to the rescue often, and I have great team members at work. Of course, my kids are fantastic. We have a work hard, play hard mentality, and they know they are the most important members of my team.

The Color Design Development Group, LLC motto is “Change is inevitable, let us make it incredible!” Check out the company at www.ColorDesignLLC.com or call (480) 251-7757 ColorDesignLLC

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Biz Profile: Steffi Jo Kern

Clients find me when they are at an important crossroads in making decisions and changes that will take them to the next level of success.

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teffi Jo Kern has many passions, from working with color and design to studying psychology and personality; and she has made it her life’s mission to use them to help others find what moves them. An entrepreneur, abstract artist, relationship coach, performance coach, the founder of Express Your Essence and more; Kern certainly keeps busy, but she sat down to share a little bit about what moves her– and how she wants to help others. GIR: What about your work makes you smile every day?

changes that will take them to the next level of success. They recognize the importance of breaking through their usual routine that no longer satisfies meeting their goals. They know that success first comes from understanding themselves from the inside out, and no hiding! I take a stand for my clients’ authenticity. I help them to see it and feel it and I teach them how to allow it to become the anchor to what they want to create. GIR: How do you help your clients with their image and or branding?

The unexpected, the surprises that come from keeping an open mind, body and heart. When I get into my “zone of authenticity” it feels like magic. Everything is available to me. I just need to be open and accepting to the unexpected surprises that come from the simplest connections with people, places and just my daily routine. I believe that the smile that comes from the heart is there because we open our heart to life. In my work, I get to connect with people who want to learn how to recognize their own “zone of authenticity.” That moment when they make the connection is magic; my heart smiles and the day is complete. GIR: What is the most important way you serve your clients?

I help my clients connect and understand the impact of their own unique “zone of authenticity” and when this happens, the fun begins! A true image or brand is successful when it projects what is authentic from the inside out. So what does a person’s authenticity look like? What does it feel like? How do they duplicate it and be consistent throughout everything they create? My clients walk away with these answers and more. I help them to create their own unique formulas that they can connect to throughout all parts of their lives and are able to communicate with anyone who is working with them to create their outside image or brand in advertising, printing, photos, fashion consulting and more. This helps them to “walk their talk” and others know it and want it, because they see it and believe it. To be able to communicate your “zone of authenticity” is priceless. GIR: What are some of the ways you have invested in your own personal brand?

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My own personal brand has been my life’s journey. I believe I started investing in my brand at the age of 7 years old. For instance, I knew the moment I was an artist, this is at the core of all that I do and create in my life. I am always comparing my authentic self with the decisions I make to move forward in my life: Do they align authentically or not? This is where my authenticity grows. Investing for me comes in many forms, decisions, actions and monetary investment. You do not have success from one without the others. My investments have come in the form of self-growth and learning through training and life coaching. Being open to experts in different fields that I need to learn from and taking what aligns with my authentic self and putting what I learn into action. GIR: What inspired you to get into your line of work? I have been inspired in many areas and by many people in my life, but what hits home for me when I think about coaching women into their greatness, are the questions that I asked myself growing up: First, “Why me?” Second, “What is my purpose?” And third, “Am I good enough?” It is the simplest questions that can have the most profound effect in our life. The answers are not definitive but are based on our experiences. We make up answers that turn into beliefs that either push us toward our goals or stop us from pursuing our goals. For me, it became a tug of war inside and I began a journey of learning and understanding how our beliefs control our choices and our actions. This journey inspired me to help others

get past what stops them from being who they truly are. I absolutely love working with my clients at that moment when we get back to the beginning, when they were ready to take on the world. The light of recognizing their authenticity in the eyes of my clients is what inspires me today. GIR: How do you stay balanced in life? “Balanced” has been the theme of my whole life. I came from an era of women whose goals were to create careers and have children while trying to keep everyone happy and healthy. As women we have been through so much transition and growth, along with all the ups and downs that it creates, that the goal of staying balanced is crucial in keeping ourselves happy and healthy. For me, balance is about keeping my mind, body and spirit happy and healthy. I am always engaging my mind in learning something new and improving myself in all areas. I exercise and make healthy eating choices, and I make sure that I follow what I am passionate about because that feeds my spirit. By taking care of my mind, body and spirit, my life seems to flow and I especially find that an important result, when I stay balanced, is all the wonderful relationships I have in my life are balanced too. Find out more about Steffi Jo Kern and Express Your Essence at www.steffijo.com and www.expressyouressence.com ExpressYourEssence 77 77

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Creating an impact requires a leap in imaginative thinking, capturing images that are stylish, modern and unique.

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Rizalde Sherwood from Chandler has worked around food, arts and wine for almost two decades in the hotel and resort industry, but it was only a few years ago that he found another way to share his appreciation for the finer things in life: photography. “I have always had an entrepreneurial bug and since more and more people were willing to pay me for my photographs, I decided, why not?” he says. Sherwood loves the art and creative process of photography, and considers it a visual form of storytelling, maximizing on both the power of individual images as well as the impact of a photojournalistic narrative. He works with clients to make their vision come to life through photography. “Creating an impact requires a leap in imaginative thinking, capturing images that are stylish, modern and unique,” he says. Through his business, Studio World Photography, Sherwood

captures scenes, events and people in a natural style with hints of glamour. Studio World Photography’s work includes portraiture, lifestyle, sports, engagements, weddings, commercial work, model portfolios and more.

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TAYLOR TAYLOR’S nickname is “Tater Bug.” She’s 4 and a half years old, and loves coloring and eating macaroni and cheese. Taylor’s favorite toy is her stuffed animal “Lambie” from Doc McStuffins.

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3RD ANNUAL CUTEST BABY CALENDAR 2014 PART 2

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FEATURED MODEL AMBER Amber, our cover model, is a lively and spirited 6-year-old, who is in first grade, is on the move as often as she can be–either in a dance routine, or swimming through the water. The 1st-grader, who also goes by “Ammy,” loves Fluffy, her stuffed bear.

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ABIGAIL, who also goes by “Abi,” loves dancing, modeling and playing and learning on her LeapPad Ultra. Her favorite foods are tomatoes and grapes. LEXI is 2 years old and likes playing with her Jessie doll from “Toy Story” as well as participating in pageants, modeling, dance and gymnastics. Her favorite food is french fries.

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ROXANNE is 1 year old. She loves watching “Pitch Perfect” and playing with her baby doll. Her favorite food is rice.

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NOVEMBER ISABELLA, whose nickname is “Bells,” is 5 years old and in kindergarten. She loves playing with her dolls and likes to eat chicken nuggets.

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DESTINEE is 9 years old and in fourth grade. She loves to dance, and her favorite food is baked ziti. She goes by the nickname “Monkey Doodle” and loves to use her rainbow loom.

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CAMILLE loves pageants–she’s a princess! The nickname “Gorda” has stayed with her from her chubby cheeks as a baby, and she loves oatmeal and apples for breakfast. Her favorite toys are Monster High dolls, especially Draculaura (Dracula’s daughter).

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INTRODUCING SPARKLE BELLA MAGAZINE MODEL: DAVINA MODEL: EMBERLYNN HAIR AND MAKEUP: SELENA MARTINEZ

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Get Image Ready is proud to help introduce Sparkle Bella Magazine by our own Stella Crowl. The fashionforward children's magazine is geared toward promoting self confidence, good sportsmanship, and positive self esteem. It was created out of Crowl's love of children's fashion and pageants, and she can't wait to continue promoting the talents and inner beauties of these and countless kids to come. “All of our children are winners and we wish success upon each and every little star,” says Crowl.

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MODELS (LEFT TO RIGHT): RIHANA, ABIGAIL, EMBERLYNN, ARIEL HAIR AND MAKEUP: SELENA MARTINEZ WARDROBE: POUT IN PINK

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MODELS (LEFT TO RIGHT): NATALIE, HARLO, DAVINA, JAYCEE HAIR AND MAKEUP: SELENA MARTINEZ/ LILY MELCHOR WARDROBE: LITTLE LUVLIES

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