New work for Voyger Group. Looks like ton’s photo’s and it was a full four days of shooting. So many models so little time. We had shots in the mall, restaurants, courtyard, hotel spaces, and streets of Bellevue. Photographer Julian Harold was such a quick shooter. We didn’t spend too much time in any one space. These jobs start out big a bit overwhelming because of the racks, and racks of returns. Luckily for me on the fourth day of shooting I was able to bring in a additional assiant to start to tackle this process.
What happens when I crew from Seattle & Portland travel to Tulum Mexico for a photo shoot, a whole lotta luggage.
Pulling product for this editorial in Tulum had it’s challenges, mostly because it was in Mexico, and I would need to have samples for over a week. Also Love Win’s was a new magazine and brands weren’t willing to send me stuff. Below is a picture of all the samples that were mailed for this shoot.
There were actually two sets of stylist for this job. I was styling both grooms and one bride for Love Wins. Editors/Stylists Tessa Wolf and Amanda Zurita styled the other bride for Salt Lake City Bride and Groom.. The shoots ended up turning out beautiful. It’s hard to talk about this shoot without mentioning that our Air B-N-B was robbed. The safes were ripped out of both my and the other stylists room, which had all my cash and jewelry for the shoot. My laptop was also taken. Thankfully the photographers room wasn’t touched with all his gear. Bummer I know… but the real bummer was we shot so many looks that I never got to see. I ordered so many designer pieces and they never saw the light of day. Like the shot below of this head to toe Gucci look.
I thought this shoot was going to be fairly easy, well I was wrong. The fashion played 2nd fiddle to the looks of Amazon’s home furniture products. Finding the right shades of blend-in and not be too noticeable were not the easiest to find in the dead of winter. I was in the mall three days in a row for the simple shots below. With all that said, the sets were banana’s. Furniture was floating in the air, pictures were getting hung on the spot, and there was so much furinture on stand-by. I felt for the art department, returning sofa’s seems not so fun.
Working with both Amazon’s Home creative director and the client OKAYBRO made for an overall fun couple days. The set included hip hop music, vegetarian food options, cool people, which I would call a chill team, and photographer Ian Coble. I knew both the MUA used Lindsay Watkins and Sara Swain which I wished I got to work with more often.
This dress was made into a shirt
Amazon being based in Seattle is awesome on shoots like this. We shot at Pacific Grip & Lighting which I have never shot at before. Apparently that’s where all the movies shoot when in Seattle.
Shooting for Weight Watchers magazine in Seattle. Our talent was J’Anna who is a Weight Watchers Ambassador.Read More
I spent a total of 10 days at Foxwoods Resort & Casino, 5 of the days we were shooting both photo and video at the same time. Me and my team dressed over a 100 people in several different outfits throughout the week and when it was all said an done everyone on the crew of this job was exhausted. I have been to casino’s all around the country and Foxwoods is a casino worth staying at. I ate at every single restaurant, and would eat at every single one again. Below are some moments of the week that made me smile.
I didn’t get rolling racks until mid day of day one shooting. The shower rod in my hotel room bathroom became my wardrobe rack. Needless to say I only took baths.
The Bellevue Collection is made up of three parts: Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square, and Bellevue Place. Bellevue Square has a bunch of great stores including Nordstrom, Aldo, Intermix, Zara, Anthropologie , Uniqlo,.... see a full list here. Bellevue Collection creates both a fashion forecasting look book and magazine which I got to style for Spring 2018. This client is awesome because they provide me with enough time and support and a fitting for this shoot. Fittings are amazing, and really help weed out looks we may or may not use.
Seattle is a big enough city to always be shooting at different locations. The latest discovery for me was the best garden store I have found in Seattle, nestled in Ballard called Swansons Nursery. Swansons had a koi pond, restaurant/ kitchen called Barn & Field , indoor clean restrooms, and most importantly an amazing indoor plants section. Seattle has many beautiful plant stores but Swansons Nursery has been the biggest selection I have seen in one place. Check out some of the BTS photo’s below:
I was just going though old PDF’s and this mock-up popped up that I had emailed the editor with wardrobe credits. The Paramount Theater was the most fitting place to shoot the 25th Anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind album. Seattle magazine wanted to pay tribute by shooting the September fashion feature at the Paramount Theater which was where Nirvana had the release party for the Nevermind album. Since moving to Seattle I have always wanted to do a grunge shoot. I pulled the coolest 90’s inspired clothing all of which got x-nayed from my line up. The roster of stores & brands that had to be featured in this fashion story took over the editorial. Kind of a bummer for me, but at the end of the day the client was happy and I got to do a Seattle “grunge” type shoot. My favorite part of shooting was being able to roam around the empty Paramount Theater.
The Nevermind album was in part responsible and credited for bringing both alternative rock and grunge to a large, mainstream audience, and has been ranked highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time by publications such as Rolling Stones and Time. All I know is when I think of Nirvana I think of Seattle.
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.