They came, they took photos, wrangled chickens, visited hidden swimming holes and ate pumpkin pie for lunch: just another successful Summer shoot for Title Nine.
We take a lot of pride in having ordinary women who are capable of extraordinary things gracing our pages and website. They’re real – and so are our images. Surfing, juggling soccer balls on the beach, making fruit salad with machetes, climbing palm trees barefoot: if you see a picture of it, yes, our model athletes really did it!
We can’t say that it’s necessarily your average 10+ hour workday when we’re out on location.
“Extras” of the four legged variety (and two-legged, as we can’t forget our chicken friends,) were plentiful on location. Not only did we have the help of Ziggy complete with life vest, Kilty’s little French bulldog nugget of love, and Hebat the yoga dog, there was also Bill E. Goat – who yes, basically thinks he too is a dog… that happens to head butt on occasion.
If the Summer ’15 shoot had a model bio:
Refuses to start any shoot without: Peet’s Coffee (various locations, based out of Berkeley, CA)
Best breakfast: Paul’s Place Cafe (Hilo, HI)
Strawberry shortcake forever: Swanton Berry Farm (Davenport, CA)
Best shave ice: Wilson’s By The Bay (Hilo, HI)
Favorite surf shops: Kona Boys (Kealakekua, HI), Hilo Surfboard Co. (Hilo, HI)
Mid-day refreshment of choice during a long shoot: Ginger ‘booch’ from Conscious Culture Cafe (Hilo, HI)
Being a Title Nine model or photographer isn’t all fun locations and good eats: there’s hard work involved, and sometimes, things don’t go as we planned. Because summer shoots are done so far in advance, sometimes we have to shoot in dresses when it’s 37 degrees F out on NYE in Dillon Beach, CA. Sometimes there are no stylists on board, so our photographers pitch in to help do hair on location.
The day before scouting the rope swing location, there was pristine white sand out to the large rock in the distance. When the team arrived the day of the shoot, a huge swell had come in – so they worked with it and ended up with some great shots.
Our photographers and photo assistants go all out to capture the images. Climbing back up after some cliff-jumping shots, Shawn had a run-in with some jagged lava rock. One-woman creative team Ann got inventive with first aid and luckily, a hair tie and a tampon did the trick!
And there’s even more where that came from: check out our Flickr album for even more peeks at our Summer shoot.
The T9 team would especially like to thank:
- Our photographers the almighty Joss, Robert Houser, Martin Sundberg and Caydie McCumber.
- Photography assistant, chicken whisperer, coconut wrangling stuntman “Mayor” Shawn Pila.
- Trader Joe’s of California, Foodland of Oahu and KTA Super Market on the Big Island for keeping our snack stash plentiful.
- Brian of Kaia’akea Farms, home of our chicken photoshoot stars and Bill E. Goat.
- Ziggy the Wonder Dog for keeping us safe and Hebat pup for, well, being Hebat.
- Slowcoast for Ann’s newest addition to her ‘on location’ trucker hat collection.
And of course, huge mahalo to Hilo, HI and Oahu for the incredible time.
Where do you think our next shoot should be and why? Share with us below!
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Hey, did you know some of the best beaches in the country can be found in Michigan?????? Come join us here! We’ve got both rocky, rugged shores and huge sandy dunes! Plus amazing trails, acres of wilderness, camping, mountains, fishing…everything! The action’s not all out west, you know. Bonus….great lakers are the friendliest and our big water is sans salt and sharks!
Agree with Lisa L. And Eileen H.! I too am a fit sixty-year-old woman, continue to enjoy your clothing as I practice and teach yoga, when I travel, play tennis, go vertical flying, and during my non-active days! Definitely encourage the Title Nine staff to use us and/or other older-than-forty active women as models in your shoots. It would be refreshing to see.
I love your catalog! Inspiring and motivating to see real women looking fabulous doing things that they love to do. I like what Eileen Hopkins wrote. I’m a sixty-something athlete. I work hard to stay fit and looking good in your clothes. It would be awesome to see some -ahum- older models; don’t leave us out. Please. Good luck with your summer sales :).
P.S. You guys nailed the photo captions!
I love that Title 9 uses real woman who are physically fit as models. May I suggest that you think about including some more mature fit models as well. I am a 50 something year old woman that has many over 50 friends that purchase your products and I know that we would like to see more woman like us represented. We work hard to stay fit and look really good in the the apparel you all sell! Thanks in advance for considering this request!
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