My client Travels Through Images called and asked if I was available to go to Atlanta and help on a music festival shoot. Luckily, I was and had quite a weekend shooting at Atlanta’s Shaky Beats Music Festival. Full disclose I have a fear of nasty bathrooms at festivals. Gross port-a-potty’s are something I will avoid at any cost. With that said I have avoided music festivals thus far. To my surprise at Shaky Beats the bathroom situation was totally fine. Besides some of the crazy music it was quite fun. I carried a backpack full of wardrobe and makeup essentials to add to festival goer’s if needed. I was also in charge of finding the talent that weekend. I believe that commercial hasn’t aired yet, or if the product we were filming ever made it to market. Below are pictures of me and the client & crew at Shaky Beats.
Behind the Scenes (BTS) with jewelry company Blue Nile. I love… love…love working with brands. Helping a company already showcase what they sell is so much fun. Partly because the client has such a clear vision of what they what. Knowing what the client whats, when the clients sometimes doesn’t even know can be a challenge. Hence working with brands that already know what they want is fun! With that said I showed up to this shoot with suits and dresses and almost everything was shot. I spent the day adjusting jewelry and hanging with a fun crew. Blue Nile is a Seattle based jewelry company located in the Seattle neighborhood of Pioneer Square.
Frida Kahlo inspired shoot, yes please. When I first was pitched is concept the only thing knew about Frida was she wore giant milk maid braid with flowers. After a quick google search, I found a movie based on Frida Kahlo’s life which helped me get a little more inspired by Frida Kahlo’s style. Frida was a bad ass that did art on her own terms. I have a lot of fun on these types of creative shoots. Hunting for jems in the city of the Seattle was pretty easy for this one. JJ Caprices is an on-line retailer based in Seattle that had the perfect jewelry for this story.
Light Art is a (3form company, custom lighting fabrication and design studio in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. The work of the Seattle studio is an ever-evolving tale of innovation, creative exploration, and endlessly variable custom lighting creations. Really some of there products are so crazy cool. From the sleek geometry of the forward-thinking LA2 line, to the organic elegance of our custom chandeliers, LightArt has a unique, handmade lighting solution made in Seattle, Washington.
As far as styling goes for this shoot we played a lot with bring colors, and fun textures. I had bright yellow tights in my kit that I have never used until now. This was shot in the spring and luckily I was able to find some winter items for the image below.
Pulling for a product shoot is something I rarely pull for. I should say I am use to pulling product verses ordering custom cakes, flowers, and invitations. Change is always fun. I was pretty happy how this shades of grey product page turned out. Some of favorite products I pulled was the grey Christian Dior lipstick, Tom Ford heels, and the flowers by local Seattle florist Juniper Flowers.
Seattle’s Wow Chocolates exceeded my exceptions with grey painted chocolates. Modeled above by Justin. Of course not everything I pulled made it into the shoot, even product shoots have to have options.
When the mannequin challenge became all the rage, it happened on a few different jobs. You know your clients #dope when it actually gets edited. Have you ever been part of a mannequin challenge? I am in the middle of the bar wearing a green jacket adjusting a bracelet.
Now for the styling on this commercial shoot, I had 6 main and 12 background talent. These types of shoots are always filled with multiple wardrobe changes through out the day for each scene. With all the people and all the changes I stay pretty busy. This mannequin challenge was shot at the end of the day before we wrapped.
creative agency: Duck Duck Poodle
Here is the behind the scenes of the marimekko fashion editorial I styled.
Here is what you need to know about Marimekko. Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Armi Ratia.Two pioneering designers set the tone for Marimekko: Vuokko Nurmesniemi in the 1950s and Maija Isola in the 1960s. Nurmesniemi designed the simply striped red and white Jokapoika shirt in 1956. Isola designed the iconic Unikko (poppy) print pattern in 1964.
Marimekko was made famous in the United States by Jacqueline Kennedy, who bought eight Marimekko dresses which she wore throughout the 1960 United States presidential campaign.
The one store in Seattle that sells the Marimekko brand is Pikko.com. The shoot took place at the Seattle Nordic Heritage Museum, which at the time was exhibiting Marimekko, With Love. Marimekko, With Love is organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada and curated by Shauna McCabe.
I spent the day shooting with Ian Coble for Michelob Ultra’s “the extra mile” addition. Ian is a photographer, turned talent to be featured in a Michelob Ultra ad. Besides being a great photographer, I was a little surprised how good he was in front of the camera. We shot in multiple locations around the city of Seattle.
I don’t remember which park we were at or the pro biker who was riding. But the biker was taking crazy jumps.
This house we shot the drinking beer scene in had an amazing views and was walking distance to Alki Beach in West Seattle. Perks of styling a Michelob Ultra ad was taking home extra beer left over from the shoot. Free beer is always a perk in my book.
One of the perks of being a photo stylist for me is discovering cool locations. The Center for Wooden Boats was just that. Located in Seattle in South Lake Union. You can do everything from rent a boat to take lessons and classes. On July 4th, people will decorate their boats and doc at the center for wooden boats to watch the fire works. Below are behind the scenes photo’s of this particular shoot.
The Bellevue Collection is made up of three parts: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. Bellevue Collection creates both a fashion forecasting lookbook and magazine which I got to style for Fall 2016. We shot this is the middle of July when fall fashion hadn’t official arrived and everything was on summer markdown. Challenging but fun for me times for me. I love shoots like this. After spending a week shopping at Bellevue Square, I was shopped out and knew what was in every store Bellevue Square offered. Below is a behind the scenes of shooting and styling Bellevue Collection along with some of the images used in Bellevue Square.
So much fun to have a fashion shoot on a farm. Bella Luna Farms, located just north of Seattle was a beyond beautiful backdrop for our dreamy bride. From a cute farm house overlooking the animals, to lush gardens. I would totally live a farm if it look and feel similar to Bella Luna Farms.
I love the way this shoot turned out. The models makeup looked so dreamy. The dresses were sample size and for the most part fit the model perfectly. I styled it very simple. Everyone in the crew were in sync and on the same page along with the weather being beautiful. Outdoors in Seattle… can sometimes be tricky.
Here is a commercial I styled earlier this year. Girls Night Out for T-bones steakhouse at Red Rock Casino. 11 total talent less than 2 1/2 hours to get them dressed without an assistant. I was running around like a crazy lady, but the job always gets done. Brandmakers: Sixteenfifty Director: Charles Bergquist makeup: Zee Clemente Photographers: Jon & Annie Rouse
If you could image living in a country like oasis but smack-dad in the middle of a city than we would be talking about Seattle’s Discovery Park Fort Lawton Homes. Fort Lawton homes were originally built between 1899 and 1935 for military personnel defending the coastline from a naval attack. Divided into two neighborhoods of thirteen – Montana Circle and Officer’s Row, the colonial-revival homes have a small town, middle of no where type of charm. A total of 26 historic homes were refurbished.
I styled two back to back shoots in Discovery Park Fort Lawton Homes. Check them out below.
I had so much fun shooting with photographer Katerina Gkionis. It was me, the art director and photographer wandering around Discovery Park (in Seattle, Washington). An all girl skeleton crew made the day short and sweet. Especially since the weather that day was beautiful. It was such a surprise to learn that this shoot ended up being the cover of Weight Watchers May/June 2016 issue.
I have shot at Discovery Park a few times, and every time is some place completely different. One the of bigger parks I have explored. It has a light house, beaches, tall grass fields. Some place you could definitely get lost in.
This was shot over 3 days all over Seattle, Washington. The inspiration behind part of Lucy’s Spring 2016 Campaign was rain… which is very appropriate for Seattle weather. The cloud printed fabric and a rainy windows set the tone for what working out in the rain feels like. Styling this shoot was so much fun. I had a similar style to the creative director which made styling the brand second nature. By the time I finished styling the Spring 16′ line, I wanted to buy half the collection. Lucy does a great job marrying fashion and function, pricey but build to last.
New work for Rogers! Rogers is a communication/ media company based in Canada.( like a t-mobile in the US). This particular Roger’s ad campaign was shot by photographer Amos Morgan. We shot in various locations all around Seattle. The billboard below was shot at Kerry Park. As you can see the sky-line view is amazing. I have shot at Kerry Park a few times, and it is one of the best places to capture the iconic Seattle space needle view.
I love shooting around the city. I still consider myself some what new to the Seattle area, every time I do these types of lifestyle shoots I am always learning something new. Either new cool spot like Kerry Park or cheaper places to park.
Some of my recent work for Columbia Sportswear in store displays are up! This was shot by photograper Ian Coble , on a very cold spring day.
I packed the wardrobe individually in giant zip locks which made changing the talent very easy. The kids on this shoot had so much fun playing, jumping, and walking knee deep in the water. Literally the kidos shoes took over 3 days to air dry out. The one thing I can say about Columbia Sportswear is it kept the models dry. Columbia has built a product to with stand the most extreme weather conditions.
Being a “rain shoot”, a rain machine had to be brought in. This was shot some where close to Seattle Washington. Our call time was at 5:30am, and I was lucky enough to have hopped into someone else’s car and didn’t have to drive it. So where exactly did this shoot took place in Seattle… I have no idea.
I love the Director of Creative Services over at Station Casinos, besides being a fabulous writer he keeps hiring me! I have been lucky enough to shoot with Stations Casinos & Duck Duck Poodle for the last five years.This Red Rock commercial was produced to introduce all the new restaurants located inside the hotel. Styling restaurant type shoots are fun because there are a lot of moving parts (talent for me to style) and the food aways looks picture perfect. If you are in/ or visiting the Las Vegas area Red Rock is a pretty hip spot that is located 20 minutes from the Las Vegas strip. Not to mention the pool is pretty amazing!
(thanks Sara for snapping this behind the scenes)
Ornate beading, dramatic lace, opulent dresses with voluminous trains and expensive gems paired with luxurious styling made this shoot feel extravagant. I brought so many extra prop ideas to set. Unfortunately my feathered fans, long leather gloves and lace overlay over the eyes didn’t make the cut. What made this shoot fun is I really got to play with color. For a wedding dress editorial, it didn’t really feel very bridal at all. My inspriation for this shoot was Sofia Copploa’s 2006 film Maria Antoinette. Milena Canonero was the costume designer on this film, and what a beautiful job she did.
I had the pleasure of styling Lisa Hallet of Wear Blue: Run to Remember for Parents Magazine. The magazine was featuring the Wear Blue: Run to Remember Director & Co Founder in Moms of the moment: The 10 Most Influential Millennial Mothers of 2015. (May 2015 issue) After spending the day with Lisa and her kids all I can tell you is she an incredible women and mother. I was amazed with her patience level, positive attitude, and well-behaved children. If you have worked on a kids shoot before you can appreciate when they actually listen to their mom!
Lisa and along with her 3 beautiful children were also photographed together that day. This was shot in Dupont, Washington which is about an hour outside of Seattle. You can donate: Wear Blue Run To Remember here. Purchase your wear blue run to remember t-shirt here.
photographer: Erin Kunkel/ Mua: Jamyrlyn Mallory /