BELLO Autoportrait With Laura Marano
This “Autoportrait Session” with Laura Morano is the result of a team work through ZOOM meetings and FaceTimes over the course of a week. Way before our shoot, we had clothes delivered to Laura by Maison Privée along with some beauty brands sending her the necessary products for her live tutorial. The day before the shoot the entire team gathered on a fun ZOOM meeting to go over the looks, the beauty and some photo ideas with stylist Lo VonRumpf, photographer and editor in chief Aleksandar Tomovic, makeup artists Danni Katz, entertainment editor Alex Bonnet and of course Laura herself. The day of the shoot Laura Marano started a ZOOM meeting with Danni who gave her a tutorial on how to do her hair and makeup as they both of did the exact same thing at the same time. Once ready, Laura connected through FaceTime with Aleksandar to guide her through the process of taking photos of herself only using a tripod for the full look images. In between looks, Laura took some time to connect with Alex for a quick IG live interview and to answer some fans’ questions.
That day was long for all of us but a really fun and creative one!
It is important for us to keep on doing the things we love and see how connected we all are regardless of social distancing.
What a pleasure it was getting to know Laura Marano during BELLO’s first Instagram Live ever!
A NOTE FROM LAURA
“A quarantine photoshoot.” When my team and Bello Magazine pitched this idea to me, I wasn’t sure about it. I know what it takes to do a proper magazine photoshoot, and let me tell you, it takes a village. Doing one by myself just didn’t seem possible…and yet, I was curious.
It was week 2 of quarantining, and like many people, I was feeling so down and powerless. I thought, why not take this strange time and strange situation to push myself? So I did. I started to mentally prepare myself for the daunting and seemingly isolated task: Bello magazine and the stylist Lo VonRumpf would pick out clothes to send to me at least 48 hours before, I would FaceTime the hair and makeup stylist Danni Katz to go through my glam step by step, I would have my lovely boyfriend help take the photos, and I would simultaneously be zooming Bello’s editor Aleksandar Tomovic to get his notes on lighting and poses. Easy, right?
I was definitely a little stressed and uncertain about so many things: Would I do a good job on my hair and makeup? Would I be able to make the clothes fit? How in the world am I going to make these iPhone pictures look like professional magazine photos?! The day before, I did a two hour zoom fitting with the whole team, and I instantly started feeling a little better. It began to dawn on me that even though I was “technically” doing this photoshoot by myself, I was definitely not alone. The day of the photoshoot was as fun as it was intense, and I was blown away by everyone’s hard work, even if it was virtual. It still took a village to make this photoshoot happen, and I truly am so thankful for the whole team (Danni, Lo, Alek, Alex and of course, Thom) for helping me make it a success. Being able to creatively collaborate during this time has been essential for me, and this photoshoot was the epitome of a creative collaboration. I hope everyone enjoys the photos and maybe gets a little inspired to do their own photoshoot at home (I promise you, it’s possible!).