Thursday, April 5, 2012

We have had the pleasure of working with Ashlyn Pearce on several Ruche photo shoots. ♥ Read below to get a glimpse into the life of a lovely model, actress, and writer.

When did your love for modeling begin? What do you love most about it?
Ever since I was little, I have been in front of a camera. My parents were always taking pictures of me and my sister, and I loved to pose for all the shots. As the years went by I started getting really interested in fashion, selecting my clothes and figuring out what I liked and what my style was. I guess I had always loved it and just didn’t know it! What I love most about modeling is bringing a concept to life. All fashion editorials and look books etc, start with just a simple thought, an idea. I love being a part of something that takes so many hands, minds, and talents to create. And of course, you meet so many fascinating people too.

What is a typical day like for you?
If I am not working at a print job or on set shooting, a typical day for me starts off with at least one hour of yoga or a few miles run. Then I either get ready to go on my 3-7 castings and/or 1-3 auditions, and I work on parts for auditions later in the week. I also read all of the scripts that my manager and/or agent have sent over for my consideration. I currently have various projects in the works I am creating, including a script and a poetry book, that I write/work on a minimum of 1-2 hours a day. I am also currently preparing to shoot my first music video and have been spending lots of time working on my vocals. I end my day with a 1-3 hour work out. And then, finally, after a long day, at night I go on a relaxing walk with my Chihuahua.

What is it like to be in a photo shoot?
Every person on set has a call time, the time you arrive on set to start working. Usually the make-up/hair stylist and I will show up first to prep, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Then I go to the fashion stylist to choose the first outfit. Then, depending on what we are shooting (look-book, catalog, website, a magazine editorial etc), it can take anywhere from 2-12 hours to shoot the entire layout. Sometimes I will be on location and other times I will be in a studio. I have been in ultra high heels teetering on the edge of a cliff in a windstorm to being barefoot on barnacled rocks in the ocean during a thunderstorm on a beach, and everything in between. What is so cool about the entire process is that we (the photographer, assistants, makeup artist, stylists, videographer, etc) are all in it together as a team. By the end of a shoot, it’s almost like we are all one big family, sharing inside jokes we had made during the day and laughing. But my favorite moment during a shoot is when everything falls away and all that’s left is me and the photographer. That is truly the best part of the shoot, especially when the photographer and model just click and amazing images are created!

What is it like to be on a Ruche photo shoot? Did you like pretending to be a bride and a fairy tale character for us?
This was my 3rd shoot with Ruche. Everyone on the team is such a pleasure to work with. They are so creative! It was really easy to slip into the role of “blushing bride” because the clothes were so lovely and flowed with such grace. They were fun to move around in and it all felt so magical! The Ruche team encouraged me to bring to the shoot some ideas of movement and expressions of my own to incorporate with their vision and goals for each shot, which was wonderful. In the spring lookbook, Enchantment, there were so many adorable outfits that we were all giggling with delight every time I put on the next one to shoot. Every time I came out of the dressing room I said, “OK... this time I mean it… this is my new favorite outfit!” I meant it until I put on the next one and that became my new favorite! I love them all! I loved being a fairytale character too. Since photo shoots are now typically storyboarded, it is easy to slip into a character and bring the storyline to life.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style has changed a lot over the last few years. There was a time I was very much into the grunge, rocker style. Then I transitioned into the bohemian, 60’s style. Currently, I love the classic style; big black glasses, feminine dresses, ballerina flats, etc.  A very Audrey Hepburn type style.  She has always been a big inspiration of mine, and I find this style timeless and elegant.