Thayer Allyson Gowdy Does Chicago in a Day
When Good Housekeeping contracted newest B&A roster addition Thayer Allyson Gowdy for their profile on actress Sophia Bush, they knew from the first moment it was going to be a busy day. Picking five different locations around Chicago, the setting of Sophia’s NBC show Chicago P.D., meant that they were going to have to move quickly at each location. Each spot they picked, from a taco joint, to a pie lovers dream, to a beer company, came with its own unique challenges and pitch perfect charm. “It was crazy we did like five locations in one day. It was basically just run and gun,” explains Thayer. At each location they had to set up, photograph, and take down in less than an hour each time. It was a challenge, but it wasn’t a problem at all.
For Thayer what made the day possible was the teamwork brought together through her crew, that at times included Sophia. At times it was all hands on deck, and although no one ever asked anything from Sophia than to show up and be beautiful, she did much more than she had to. “Sophia was so great,” says Thayer. “She was just part of the team. It was pretty awesome. She just jumps right in. No judgment. No pretension. She’s a fantastic person.” With everyone working towards the same goal, making sure they could get every shot possible, they were able to spend more time working on the photographs than setting up and taking down the shots. And even that was easier because of how Sophia acts in front of the camera.
For Thayer, a high speed, high-pressure shoot couldn’t have asked for a better kind of subject. She was shooting someone who was comfortable in front of the camera and ready to show up and work every moment. “Actresses are so great to shoot,” says Thayer. “You tell them what you need and they just deliver. Sophia is used to a high pressure schedule being in TV that it doesn’t phase her at all.” Every moment at every location was used to its greatest potential. They got every shot they needed, and then some.
In fact, at one stop, Antique Taco, they were able to take a little time to enjoy some of the restaurant’s wares. As you can see in the behind the scenes video, they noshed on some tacos. And Thayer doesn’t mince words when it comes to her praise of those tortilla wrapped yumyums. “I live in San Francisco where we have fantastic tacos,” explains Thayer. “I’m a taco snob. It was the best taco I’ve ever had. I’m not joking.”