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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.