The Chiefs Cheerleaders (CCs) just returned from Coconut Bay Resort and Spa in St. Lucia, where they have been shooting the 2015 Chiefs Cheerleader Calendar.
Behind the scenes photos of the 2014 Chiefs Cheer calendar shoot at Coconut Bay in St. Lucia.
They arrived at the resort last Sunday and hit the ground running. Photo shoots began that afternoon and continued throughout the week, from sun up to sun down.
"It's probably 18-20 hour work days, from scouting and exploring the island for the perfect shot, to then executing the photo shoot; it takes a lot of work," Stephanie Judah, CC Director explained. "We work together as a team to get it all done and feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride once we get the perfect shots." Luckily, it wasn't all work and no play; the group was able to go kite surfing, horseback riding, snorkeling, a canopy tour and a catamaran ride, taking in the beautiful sights of St. Lucia and Coconut Bay.
"We were able to learn so much about the culture and the city, it was so beautiful and incredible," Hayley, CC Captain, noted. "Everyone we encountered was so welcoming and friendly that it really made our stay at Coconut Bay in St Lucia an unforgettable experience."
On the second day, the crew traveled to Laborie, St. Lucia to capture photos at the Balenbouche Estate, which included a Sugar Mill, rain forest and stunning black sand beaches. The next day, the group visited Soufriere to shoot with the waterfall in the background, as well as a volcano and other beautiful beaches.
That afternoon, the group participated in a game of paintball.
And later, played some sand volleyball.
The next day, at sunrise, three girls had their photo shoots at the resort, Coconut Bay. Later that day, the group went snorkeling and enjoyed a catamaran tour.
"The catamaran tour was incredible, it was so fun to enjoy the sun, the weather and the beautiful scenery," Judah said. "We saw photos of the island before arriving, but I think we were all blown away when we got there. While we were on the tour, three of our Cheerleaders had photo shoots actually on the catamaran and it was stunning."
On Friday, the group headed back to Kansas City, after a successful week at Coconut Bay Resort and Spa in St. Lucia.
"When we travel for our calendar trips our main priority is to get great shots of our girls, but for me, there is a whole other piece to this," Judah commented. "This trip brings all the girls so close together, it helps create that family bond that is so important to a team. There is a bond that gets built that is unlike anything else between these girls. I'm so thankful to work for this organization and have such a great team in place. This was an amazing trip and I can't wait to see the final shots."