Monday, September 28, 2009

Weddings....Dreams made Real

Weddings are hopeful. They are the day that we have gambled all our hopes and dreams on since childhood. As little girls we played dress up, envisioning the day we would be walking down the aisle to pledge our life to the man we love. We dreamt of weddings bells in the midst of our first crush, watched Cinderella one too many times and dreamed of one day finding our very own prince charming. Weddings are the day before Happily Ever After, and it is the day that leads us there. Weddings aren’t just about the confetti, about the I do’s, the cake, the venue, they are about the combination, the compilation of everything all together to make that one perfect moment for that one perfect day. We envision birds singing and the sun shining down on us with gentle heat while we are resplendent in a gown of snow white, a princess from a story book for that one moment. We envision joy, we envision our hearts bursting with love when we are finally able to say I do. All that is possible, the memories will be cherished, but there are so many plans to be made. Your venue, your gown, your photographer, your caterer…. So many things, its seems they rush upon you. And what of yourself, the bride? You are the center piece, this is your day. This day should be your joy, the day you’ve always wanted and you should look and feel the way you have always dreamed.
The trappings are all around you, you’ve thought of it all, now it’s your turn. You’ve found the gown that you’ve always wanted, a vision in white, you’ve found the veil, you’ve even found the shoes. You have a crowd of your loved ones around you, it is the day of your wedding. You’ve only a few hours left before you will make that inevitable walk down the aisle with your family pressed in on all sides. Have you remembered everything? We will. Image Provocateur will be there with you. We will add a shimmer, a blush to your lips and cheeks, contour and depth to your eyes, so that you will shine out from among the rest of the bridal party. The camera will only see you. You’re hair will be done, your veil placed. Our staff of highly trained and uniquely skilled makeup artists and hair designers will create the look you want and achieve it for you. We will come to your location on your wedding day and create a timeless look for you. You and your bridesmaids can sit back, relax and have fun on this wonderful day. We will worry about the timing and scheduling, so that you don’t have to. Watch yourself transform into your dream, this is your day and it will be perfect.
Let Image Provocateur’s On Location Professional Makeup Artists and Hair Specialists ease your mind. You have worried about everything else…Leave your makeup and hair to us.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Featured Artist - Angel Rotar

by Arrvada

We met Angel a little over a year ago when we were asked to do the makeup for a bridal photoshoot. All of us were impressed by this young woman's poise, presence and professionalism. A few months later we worked with Angel again for the Hair Wars competition at the Park Ultra Lounge. It was at that time we began to see how good Angel actually was. She coached and coordinated the models, using her experince and skill to help them achieve a level of professionalism mosty amateur models could never achieve. Now we are pleased to say that Angel has made VIP-CAT Academy her new home, bringing all of her knowledge and skill to our students and helping them achieve the ultimate goal of model. To get signed with professional agents and make the runway their home.
Angel fell in love with modeling over three years ago when she participated in her first photoshoot. From then on it developed from a hobby into a passion and Angel has dedicated her life to it. She began with one runway show per month from which she quickly expanded to professional photoshoots and runway modeling shows all over California. Since then Runway has become "my second street I walk regularly." The more time she began to contribute to modeling the more she began to realize how passionate she was about it. Now days she works as a model/coach full time. On a regular basis, she trains and works with new models who after only few weeks with her are able to move on to Professional Agencies. "It has been a climb for me but I am ready for whatever life throws at me and modeling is a live example of that. I am independent, motivated, and want only the best for all of my students."
What more could you ask in a mentor and Angel is there to take you the height of your dreams.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dream to be a Model......

If you are looking to break into fashion modeling or simply to boost your existing modeling career, read on.
Fashion modeling is no longer only available to tall, thin girls. Companies are looking for "real people" types, of all looks and sizes to advertise their products and services. These models are just what the name suggests: real looking people to represent someone the average consumer can identify with in their ads. There are a number of types of modeling jobs to choose from, besides the traditional runway modeling that everyone usually thinks of. In addition to runway modeling, you can have a successful career modeling products for specific companies or posing for magazines. There are specific teen modeling jobs, along with modeling and acting jobs for television or film. The VIP-CAT Academy's Modeling Program is a 20 hour training program encompassing all major phases of modeling. The object of the course is to bring each student to an ideal level of professionalism in photography and fashion show runway modeling. Each class is limited to 12 students, allowing excellent individual attention. This course's goal is to prepare students for career opportunities in the modeling profession through lecture, workshop, in the field experience, and exposure to metropolitan modeling, fashion shows and photography. The skills obtained though our programs will equip a student for life. Students will gain the confidence and composure to handle life's challenges and meet the entertainment world with a fresh bold attitude and a positive self-assurance and professionalism. This program includes:
Year-round special events, opportunities and graduate workshops
Career Express web posting of photos for exposure to photographers, agents, casting directors.
The Professional Modeling classes are divided into two catagories: Print and Runway. Sessions are twice per week, Monday and Tuesday Evenings, 1.5 instructional hours per session. Course DescriptionsHealth, Fitness & Figure Control:Knowledge of nutrition and figure control is vital to good health, self-confidence. Exercise and healthy eating is the primary way to achieve any figure goal. The school's aim is to compare and contrast different nutritionist's theories, hence compiling a personal philosophy suited to each individual. Skin Care Analysis & Techniques:Skin types are analyzed and an appropriate cleansing program recommended. An appreciation of nutrition and health as an irreplaceable element in one's beauty program is emphasized, and personal plans are suggested. Professional Cosmetic Techniques:Application of cosmetics and their appropriate uses are the objectives of these workshops. The sessions include color analysis for skin types, foundation, blush, contouring, highlighting, mascara, eye shadow, as well as understanding the use of application tools. Both color and black & white photography make-up are taught. Make-up appropriate for photography and runway appearances is covered. Hair Care & Styling:The condition and type of each student's hair is evaluated and daily care recommendations are made. Hair products are described in relation to their purpose and best use. Each student has his or her face shape defined, and hairstyles recommended accordingly for both current and future styling decisions. These sessions are taught keeping job interviews, runway, and photography "looks" in mind. This section also includes exploration and mastery of a variety of current casual, daytime, and business styles as well as formal styles. Flexibility in look is stressed along with suitability for particular moods and fashion. Professional Attitudes & Responsibilities:A broad range of topics are covered to enhance the individual's perception of professional behavior. Habits and attitudes are important in the field of modeling and will be evaluated. Other areas include the use of composites, portfolios, resumes, personality, modeling interviews, on-the-job behavior, and knowledge of the field and job opportunities. Visual Poise & High Fashion Runway Modeling:Posture and body language is taught for each student to apply to their personal life as well as professional situations. In addition to creating healthy posture habits, effective body language communication is taught for job interviews, stage. Techniques are presented in keeping with current trends and include pivots and turns, arm and head movement, expressions, visual poise, and use of props. Students are expected to incorporate this knowledge into a coordinated fashion show to be presented at the conclusion of the course. Portfolio Preparation & Development Shoot: Students will be taught techniques on how to put together a working portfolio. Photography Sessions : Actual photography shoots are included with a top fashion and beauty photographer utilizing selected looks from each student's planned portfolio. Contact sheets are provided for the student's review, and VIP-CAT Staff assists in selection of prints to be ordered for students' portfolio. Print costs are not included in program.Photo Posing Techniques:Students will demonstrate a mastery of a variety of poses portraying different moods; standing and with sitting props; body and facial movement and alignment. Two complete changes (including hair, make-up and clothes) used for a practice photo shoot will be brought to class. This will create ideas for looks and give the student the confidence needed to shoot with a professional photographer. Fashion Show:Models demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have learned by planning, organizing and performing in a fashion show to which their families and friends are invited. The show will prepare them for fashion shows they will be invited to perform in year-round. This is also excellent to list on the student's resume for agents' review.
This course is the entrance into the Fashion Industry that you have been waiting for and VIP-CAT is here to open that door. It's time for you to take that first step on the Runway to your new Career.

Courses enrolling each month at VIP-CAT Academy. For more information call Arrvada at VIP-CAT Academy (916) 474-5578

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Stylist of the Month - Arlene Culbreth

by Arrvada

It all started because she didn't want to sit behind a desk. Arlene Culbreth chose to attend Gavilan Cosmotology in Gilroy, CA for that reason and quickly found her passion. Not only does she love the art, she finds that every day is different, that she never knows just what to expect. She finds she never gets bored with it, making her love and thrive at what she does.
She loves to be challenged, loves making people more beautiful than they ever expected. It is her ability to achieve and her belief that, "All hair can be beautiful hair and anyone can be a beautiful blond". With 12 years behind the chair and countless hours of specialized training, that's a statement she can surely back up.
For fabulous hair, Arlene's your girl and her home is Image Provocateur.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Black Cat Threads... Going Green with an Edge

Black Cat Threads is the hot, edgy line of Provocatively Refurbished Clothing, by Raquel Siders. Using a mix of Vintage Rock T's and lingerie, Raquel has created the hottest threads on the Market. Each glamorous piece is handmade and completely one of a kind. No duplicates with this clothier, each piece is uniquely designed and created. Each piece is vintage, urban art and can be yours.

To be Featured Exclusively at:
Image Provocateur & VIP-CAT Academy
232 Vernon Street
Roseville, CA 95678

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Check out the New Home of Image Provocateur

You Know We Do Awesome Make-Overs On People,
Well Check Out What We Did To Our New Home!

<-- This is the view of the front from the back when we first moved in.

Same View, Now -->

<-- Before

After -->

It took a lot of people and a lot of Work but it was worth every minute of it.

<--- Vincent doing the wiring for the Surround sound.

Our Fabulous Contractor Jamz Samaniego
who has done an amazing job. -->

<---- Raquel, see she didn't even go home to sleep! Talk about Dedication!

Yes, it did take 4 People to put
up the lace. But it was more
than worth it. -->

Arrvada painting the fridge, Olga
(Yes we named the Fridge!)

Raquel on her way to Home Depot,
for the one millionth and 1st time

Some of our Volunteers were more cute
than helpful.

Raquel got loose with a can of spray paint....

It was a lot of work, but it was worth it....

Come see the New Face of Image Provocateur & VIP-CAT Academy

232 Vernon Street
Roseville, CA 95678