Article Published in VintEdge Christmas 2014 Issue.
From the creative mind of Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (Jerry for short) the 7th AMIT Model Hang Out concept was an editorial style revolving around the Christmas Nativity. To bring his vision to reality it began with uniting like-minded individuals through the confidential Facebook page called “A-Moment-In-Time COMET CONCEPT.” Jerry brought in fashion designer, Carmela Rinella from C.Rinella Designs, to bring high fashion to the Christmas Nativity. A total of seventeen models, eight make-up artists and hair stylists, and a handful of behind-the-scene assistants were invited into the secret COMET shoot. Each person contributed their time and energy to bring the photo shoot to life.
The AMIT Model Hang shoot location was set at the Undesser Turkey Farm located in Bristol. This provided a perfect static set that fit for Jerry’s concept. The prep locations were split between the Bat Cave Studios in St. Charles and a volunteer’s home in Plainfield. Models and MUA/stylist were split between the locations the day of shoot, which was December 6th.
The scene was set near a small covering surrounded by hay and straw. The holy family were represented by the models Samantha Melilli as Mary, Nick Bravo as Joseph, and little Owen as baby Jesus. The wise men were not present but the three wise women were, and they were Taylor Ann, Sam Crankshaw, and Hailee Harris. There were a total of seven shepherds, and five angels (see below for the list of models and MUA/stylists). This concept of the Christmas Nativity had much more than just models, but a couple of donkeys, a few sheep and an Alpaca. Even though it was a cold day on December 6th, there were smiles on everyones faces. We will all have the memories of one of the model’s telling Jerry to stop two of the donkeys from playfully fighting, and one sheep jumping straight in the air in-front of the shocked kneeling models. Even though many of the volunteers have not worked together previously, we came together through a common goal, to bring an artist’s vision to life.
Mary - Samantha Melilli
Joseph - Nick Bravo
Baby Jesus - Owen
Three Wise Women:
Helen G. Caldwell
Ankita C Pal
Jodyn Paige Bolber
Ana Garcia (M/H)
Brenda Lyman (M)
Jessica Hillery (M)
Leticia Carrillo (M/H)
Kasey Surges (M)
Shannon Rodriguez M/H
Carmela Rinella (C. Rinella Designs)
Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM)
Emanuela Di Maria (Digital Mumu)
Julie Saloga, Brenda Breitwieser Hull
Alanna Rutz Mientus, Angel Matney, Perian Chomay, Sharon Bateman
Brenda Breitwieser Hull
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