NFL & Nike Back To Football Photo Shoot

by Tamara on September 12, 2012

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If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram (both @BlitzAndGlam), then you know that I spent last week in one of my favorite cities, New York City, courtesy of the NFL and Nike.  I was one of 32 lucky NFL fans chosen to participate in the first ever Back To Football photo shoot!  I, of course, represented my New Orleans Saints.  This opportunity could not have been more perfect for me!  (Excuse me if I use a lot of exclamation points in this post, but I'm still on a high from this experience.)  As soon as I arrived at LaGuardia and saw someone holding a sign with my name on it, I knew that everything about this trip was going to be first class (not that I expected anything less from the NFL or Nike).  Check out my ride (a GMC Denali)!


We were allowed to bring one guest with us on the trip, so I invited my friend, Trina (The Baby Shopaholic), who did a great job as my behind-the-scenes photographer/cheerleader.  Her flight arrived to New York about an hour after mine and she had the same car (with her name) waiting for her when she arrived.  Since the photo shoot wasn't until the next day, we spent that day having lunch, shopping, and then resting up (I think we both needed that day off) for the big day.  The next day all 32 Fan Style ambassadors and their guest were split up into groups to head out for the photo shoot.  The guys started EARLY in the morning (6 am-ish I believe).  Thankfully, my group got to sleep in a bit longer before we headed over to the Skylight West studio at 9:30 am.  We were told to arrive makeup free.


I was whisked off to get my nails done first.


My Lady Gaga-inspired nails (in black and gold, of course) were sick!  Then I was off to get my hair done by my stylist, Eric Williams, who did an amazing job.  He was told to give me beachy waves, but he said that my hair was too thick and would just look poofy, so he did curls.  He was also told to put a blonde streak/extension in my hair, which I loved.


After my hair was done, we pinned it back so I could get my makeup done.  Oh, how I wish I could have my makeup artist come and do my makeup everyday – she made me look fierce!


After nails, hair, and makeup, I was taken by my wardrobe stylists to get ready for my first look.  Before I started my shoot, the DJ asked what music I wanted playing while I was in front of the camera, so I told him that I wanted Jay-Z. 


See the markings on the floor above?  That's where we were to place our feet during the shoot.  The stylists popped in and out during the shoot to take the shine off my face, fix my hair, and adjust my clothes.


Then we had 1 minute to change into my second look.  I kept the tee on under the sweatshirt, and we thought that the skirt would hide my shorts if I kept those on too, but we realized they were visible when I got in front of the camera, so I had to take them off. 


It felt like I jumped 100 times (ok, it was more like 10) and because I had on a tee and sweatshirt under those hot lights, I thought that I was going to pass out!    Then another photographer took me outside for some more shots.


I pulled Trina in front of the camera so I could get a picture of the 2 of us.  Since Trina is a fellow blogger and likes to capture events with photos as much as I do, I'm so happy that she was able to come to NY with me.  She worked very hard to capture these great photos with her camera and mine. 


A million thank yous to our photographer (I will have to get his name) who gave great direction and kept us pumped up during the shoot and to our team of stylists from Thomas Faison who made us look incredible!  And I cannot thank the NFL (Thank you, Johanna and Josephine!) and Nike enough for this amazing opportunity!  Here are a few of my final photos that NFL Fan Style and Nike posted on their Facebook pages (along with the very first photo at the beginning of the post).  They are going to send us many more photos, so I will be sure to share those with you as well!  Stay tuned for another post (or 2) about my Back To Football trip, including behind the scenes photos of some of my fellow Fan Style ambassadors and other events that we attended during our trip.


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carissa September 12, 2012

This looks like so much fun!!! I love it!!! You look so pretty!!! 

2 EatStylePlay September 12, 2012

Wow you look amazing! What a cool opp! 

3 Ashley September 12, 2012

This looks fun!  You look gorgeous.  A great opportunity.

4 Baby Shopaholic September 12, 2012

You slayed the photo shoot!  I am so honored I got to come with you!  Hopefully I will get invited somewhere soon and I can bring you! 

5 Terez Baskin September 12, 2012

This looks like so much fun Tamara. I hope you are Trina had an amazing time! Congrats! 

6 TRUREALBLAKMAN September 12, 2012

Great photos and captions.  I know it had to feel great having your name on a sign and it REALLY being for you.  LOL  You could have pick some Louisiana music.  :-)   You look great and thanks for reppin the WHO DAT NATION!!!!  Don't for get about the small peeps.  LOL  I like trips. 

7 Tekababy September 12, 2012

Awesome! That's a once in a lifetime experience! #whodat! 

8 Monica J September 12, 2012

You work it Tamara!! You look so amazing. I absolutely love this shoot and your outfits. Oh and I love the nails and your hair too. Gorgeous! Gorgeous! That’s all I can say. Congrats on the amazing opportunity. You rock!

9 Krystal Grant September 12, 2012

Congratulations. Great photos.

10 Tamara September 14, 2012

Thanks, everyone!!  It was so much fun and I am honored to represent the New Orleans Saints!  Who Dat!!

11 Kathy Sykes September 16, 2012

Totally awesome. The photos are great!

12 Miss Daja September 19, 2012

Absolutely loving this Photo Shoot! You look great and that leather skirt is everything.

13 Mia Jackson September 22, 2012

What an awesome experience! Congrats!

14 Karen September 27, 2012

YAY for you! This looks like a blast! Did you ever imagine that your blog would take you this far?

15 Justice Fergie October 5, 2012

omg just seeing this! what an AWESOME experience!!! Love it. You looked GREAT!

16 Briana September 18, 2013

What an awesome experience! Love the nails, and all the outfits. Beautiful as always!


17 Lydia September 18, 2013

Oh wow! How much fun – and the pictures turned out so wonderfully. You are gorgeous! :)

18 Simone September 18, 2013

Wow–what a great experience!

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