Over the next week, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders will be providing behind-the-scenes access and first-hand-accounts of their 2013 Calendar photo shoot in tropical Costa Rica.
For today’s shoot diary entry, we check in with Susan, who is entering her third year as Redskins Cheerleader. She is ready to make Redskins Nation proud again:
Hey Redskins Nation!
I’m writing to you from a scenic, beachfront hillside here in Costa Rica, and I’m excited to tell you that we’ve just finished another day of our 2013 calendar shoot.
Despite being in the midst of rainy season here, the weather held out for us through all six shoots today, and we experienced the most picturesque sunset I’ve ever witnessed.
After Ashley and Monique kicked us off for the day, the group hopped in a shuttle to head down the road to Hermosa Beach for Brianne, Marina, and my location.
We found ourselves at a beach front condo with an incredible pool overlooking the ocean, so I did a little throwback to my rookie year and jumped right in for a shoot in the water.
This year’s shoot, however, was very special, as I was rocking pink – yes, in the form of an inner tube! – to help with breast cancer awareness. Having known many impacted by the disease and given the NFL and Redskins’ commitment to the cause, it was quite the honor.
While it was a new experience for me to work with a prop, with a little help and encouragement from my teammates (special shout out to Marina, the posing pro, and Rebecca, my gorgeous squad buddy), I’m absolutely thrilled with how my shots turned out.
This was Richard Hume, one of our photographers, and my third year shooting together, which added an extra level of comfort in front of the camera…he and his team never cease to amaze me!
As a first year captain, I was even more excited for this year’s trip to shoot with my fellow captains. We played up the “cheerleader” theme this year, rocking everything from cut up jerseys and pleated skirts to pom pons and megaphones.
By the end, pigtails and high ponytails may or may not have made an appearance.
On that note, my roommate throughout our stay is fellow captain, Monique, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t give her a huge shout out before I sign off.
Despite having undergone foot surgery just a few days ago, she’s been braving all of the hills, sand, and rain to be a part of our 2013 calendar – and I must say, she’s been rocking it…cast, wheelchair and all.
Although I’m anxiously awaiting the big reveal of our 2013 calendar – as are all of you – I must say that this experience in itself is enough of a reward for me. The locals we’ve met and the resort staff at the Occidental Grand Papagayo have been more than accommodating, and sharing this trip with my teammates is beyond a dream.
I can’t wait to see what the rest of this week has in store for us.
See ya back in DC!
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