9:45 a.m. I arrive at Rob/b 15 minutes early so I can introduce myself around. While I'm waiting for my team to arrive, I (once again, and every time I visit) am hypnotized by the wall of OPI nail polish choices. There are so many! I have a slight moment of panic when I realize that we haven't decided on a color to paint Tiana's nails for the shoot. And faced with so many choices, I can see it's going to take awhile to decide. Luckily, salon owner Robbie Schaeffer comes to us with the perfect suggestion: Catch Me In Your Net! The shimmering green shade is perfect for fall and for kids who love to experiment with fun colors.
10:00 a.m. The NAILPRO crew is here! Well, crew sounds like there is a load of us, but really it's me, Patty, Tiana and photo editor Armando Sanchez. Armando sets up the lights at our chosen nail station while Patty and I talk strategy, deciding exactly what shots we want and how we'll get them. We also pick out Tiana's wardrobe for the shoot—pink it is!
10:30 a.m. We meet our nail technician for the shoot, Mariel. She's just as excited as we are, and she walks us through the proper steps, both dos and don'ts, when it comes to services for kids. She makes it clear that Rob/b never pushes back or nips cuticles on kids.