Fortunate and blessed to have collaborated with so many solidly creative studio friends. Bringing everyones light and ideas into fruition. My speciality!
Lot's of sweet touches...well worn gardening glove from the Yurt property, Grandfathers dust pan, Grandmothers gardening sheers, tiny woman...she built a mile long rock wall, two feet tall with her bare hands, (maybe where I get tenacity), rocks collected from a hike in Northern Idaho, Great Grandfathers saw (still used and loved), my Aunt Tee-Tee's copper watering can. Mother nature...always in her finest....and live lady bugs! It took so long to catch and release them! Most of them spent an hour or so on me! I'm extremely lucky, I think!
A Norcal Story with air plants, crystals, antlers, local made goods. herbs, spices and apothecary.
Love Men. Always super stoked when I get a call to high-grade a mens' line. Love the fabrics, the cuts, the weight, the design, the simplicity, true colors and shades. My Grandfather was my favorite relative, ever. Engineer, Inventor, Freemason, he lived and worked in Washington DC. He dressed to be remembered and respected. He was brilliant. I remember Summer's when I would stay with my grandparents, he would take me with him to the menswear shops and I would walk the isles....touching the fabrics...trying on the hats....watching him be measured for his suits. I remember he bought a pink shirt once, and I felt like it was quite shocking...the salesman said, "Well, your the first Mr. Singleton, to take the chance." My Grandfather replied, "Better the first, than the last." Ahead of trend.
I'm not sure I can say enough good things about Sunset Magazine! Ha, but I'm sure gonna try!!! Yvonne Stender Photo Editor...might just be one of my favorite people on the planet! Jeffery Cross photographer representing! We had a blast making ribbons, and throwing all the props, bows, paper, ribbons, twine, all over the set for the bike shot! Silly fun! Love a client, that walks me to a room...shows me a bunch of goods and says "figure it out!" Anyday! Everyday! DREAMY!!! Shot at the Sunset campus in Menlo park....um...it's like valhalla there!!! Career high for sure!
Also...PS) when the shoots over...we eat the candy!!!!!!!
I'd like to be....under the sea....in an Octopus's garden in the shade...OK! So I can't remember the lyrics...HOWEVER.....I got to Style for SEASNIPER!!! These guys, are AMAZING!!! So talented & Integral! I was super stoked! I learned that I can't put pins in wetsuits. Lol. Worked on black velvet, Styled the spear guns too, assembled and disassembled. Quality craftsmanship & all around good guys. I posted some of these shots on Instagram...and opened myself up to so many new followers and enthusiasts. Folks livin' the dream. Lastly, I got paid in fish! It was AWESOME! Love a good barter! Yum! Photographer: Rob Brodman
Why? Ha, I like touching stinky stuff!!!! Editorial Food...what's not to like? Oh my gosh, the smell was such a potent brew under the studio lights! I used vellum to keep the tentacles off of the back ground until we were ready to shoot. Photographer: Rob Brodman, excellent lighter. We used a matte black paper, and then a light box for the contrast. At some point my nose was watering (is that a thing?) when I without thought to my fingers and where they'd been rubbed my nostrils. I wasn't picking! Anyway, I deposited some lets say goo inside my nostril! Egads!!! I was laughing so hard, it didn't really matter...but I don't think the "goo" truly left for a few days!
Yum, food shots!
I love everything about AFAR Magazine. I got the gig to do the Editors Picks each run from a photographers recommendation. He described me as a Photo Stylist who can do anything, the client told me! How cool is that? Thanks Jeffery Cross!
I am so charmed by Julia Cosgrove, EOC. She is both graceful and gorgeous. The Creative Director is lightening in a bottle (the real deal) Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson. It makes sense that her handle on Instagram is WhiteLightening. She is raw creative energy. The Art Director Jason Seldon is all pleasure to work along side. He is a beautiful human being. I always leave him feeling like I can walk on clouds.
Thank you AFAR for all that you do and bring to the coffee and cafe tables and travel scene!
Oh you know, letting you know what it I do.
I have been super blessed by this work with Old Navy. I style their flats, lay-downs, wall pins, and 3/4's for their seasonal trend magazine. I basically do all the stuff not on models! It's been one of my favorite projects. The director of the magazine Nick and I collaborate each season. We've worked with photographers Rodger Hostetler and Holly Hickman. Our next Trend Magazine is slotted to be shot by Christiana Ceppas. Recently we had a lot of fun working with Alice Seiler, who's off now to Chronicle Books.
Trend Magazine is an Interior tool used by just about anyone on the inside, regional managers, store managers, store staff, corporate crew, new hires. It's an informative guide to let folks get excited about what's coming next. Educate on fit's and washes. Colors and cuts. Design. Purely aspirational, super cute, and totally Old Navy.
Grateful for being invited each season to bring this to fruition.
This is where I put everything that's current & coming up and out! If I see it, I grab it. I try to keep up! I have to look through Instagram's, Facebook's, Tumblr's, emails, websites, publications, catalogs...it's endless trying to track down and find my work as it takes wing in an often digital world. I stay on my toes.
Thank you for taking a peek.
Ahhhhhh, one of those projects where I get to wear all of my hats! Wardrobe Stylist, Onfig Stylist, Soft goods/Still Life Photo Stylist...and Photo Art Director! Super stoked to have collaborated with Diana Mulhivil and Sherrie Long. Model Kaiy. lifeofkai.ya on Insty. Sweet shoot.
"Insert Your Product Here", is an ongoing collaboration between myself and Photographer Rob Brodman. It started with a love for sets, setlife, props, light, shadow, colors and a desire to create small landscapes where what's missing is...the product. A little trend orientated, so right with the time just sans the final element. Maybe the final element is...YOURS!
I love denim! Somehow I pull it off. I really only have three pairs of jeans (bell, boyfriend, and skinny) ...but for some reason everyone I know thinks Im always in different denim. I've gotten compliments on the same pair of pants by the same people over and over and over. I'm not sure how or why, or maybe that's just what people say? I will say. I mix it up...I'm brave.
Once I did a "Denim Finder" project...WOW. I styled 40 something pair of jeans in a couple of days. The denim was all weights, all finishes...the job was fast, demanding. After the first day my hands were stained indigo. I like indigo, so I kinda thought it looked cool. In a weird sort of bluish way. The next morning my fingers cracked, and my skin snagged. I found myself using sand paper and super glue on my hands and fingers to finish the job. My assistant who had wanted to be a stylist at the time, I think was horrified. The end result was great, client happy and campaign super successful.
OK! SO this was another favorite! A concept I've been working on, first in a series. More to come! Model: Akasha Kai. Photographer: Rob Brodman. Really fun! Found this perfect dress in the Haight here in SF. Walked in & the first one I saw! My Father was a fisherman, (well, and a metal artist). I've got a thing for the Sea.
Spoilers: The next one is a ship with black sails and she's a grand octopus!!! "Ya Totes!" as my kiddo model would say!
Here's some behind the scenes shots too. Who says I cant do hair, makeup, style, produce, and art direct?
Super blessed to have met and known Stephen Schultz. A lovely human and a talent beyond my vocal abilities. Collaborated with Rob Brodman Photographer for this series.
Stephen invited us to his Studio space in Sandpoint, Idaho. It's a great expansive room, high ceilings, where nothing makes sense, and everything makes sense. A truly gifted Artist. I could have stayed there for days and days, just observing.
Thank you Stephen.
Lucky & Blessed.
Super stoked and lucky to work with Photographer Rob Brodman on this series for SeaSniper. These guys are the real deal. Super quality, integrity, craftsmanship, kindness, wisdom and generosity. Such a fun afternoon in their space. Learning the tools and the trade and the lingo that is what they do. So much skill there. Love them. Love these. Really fun gig. I even got paid in FISH! For real, stoked!
I was super stoked to get the call from Cecilia of Indigo Sky Creative. She told me she and Elena Kulikova the Photographer had an idea they wanted to work with me on. I called Alex the Great (Healey) and she happened to be open that day, so the collaboration was on. Cecilia brought Maribella Lanne for Make up and Hair. We hadn't worked together yet & I love what she does. Magic. We booked Emmaline Zien, model/actress with the most amazing lines, and we were off! Bright and early to Temescal Park in Oakland. Did a half hour scout about. Cecilia has a super keen eye and knew just what she wanted. Elena, Alex, and I dropped gear and started working. First the mandala by the waterfall, then the yarn in the small trees, then the succulents and yarn combined by the second waterfall. The large rock wall, I had brought garments and have this amazing vintage butterfly dress. I don't think I ever looked half as good as Emmaline looked in it. Alex and I danced around a tree and created a second mandala. After that Maribella and I made a flower crown and we wrapped the day on the big big tree. The expanse of the branches, Emmalines lines, and Elenas eye made for the prettiest angles and photographs. Indigo Sky catered the sweetest spread, and we all ate together like we were the oldest of friends. Everyone told stories and laughed long into the afternoon.
Thank you everyone for the collaboration!
Seriously one of my favorite shots! I had a client that was looking for an iconic image to go with a early Summer campaign for Ipad, Iphone, Online landing page...I was sorting through the products...and realized there was all this amazing nautical jewelry and nobody was showing it as a collection or really diving into how amazing it could be. Anchors were just taking root again in the media universe...and I thought...YES! Used the back of an old rusty sign, got shooter Rob Brodman to collaborate. Delivered it an hour later. Anchor's away!
On a side note, fed the image later to a blog I love...habanero collective...they ran it that day and then I tracked how many other blogs picked it up and where it went...a total social media experiment & eye opener!
Sometimes when I have a busy run of styling on white backgrounds...I crave some darkness, texture, depth, something unusual...odd. This collaboration is manifested from such a space. I researched and found a scientific website where I could borrow/rent some bird skeletons. They are shore birds, although one looks like a chicken skeleton. I sourced some beetles. One kind Philippine and another Egyptian. Then spent a morning milling about the booths at the San Francisco Flower Market for a palate of flowers. I love going to the Flower Market. It's amazing with it's endless booths, smiling faces, variety,and blooms. Its so much and just the right amount to visually take in. A kindly old Russian gentleman wrapped up my flowers and stems in News Print and twine. I think we fancied each other if we just either of us born into a different century. I think we would have crossed paths.
I sought out photographer Rob Brodman to light and shoot. His skill set is perfect for this kind of work. He's really good at light in laymans terms. Here's the result thus far. I hope you like it.
Next, I'm looking at snake skeletons and tiny blooms. Maybe I will stuff their ribcages, long and lean.
Who knows after that.
Thank you for taking a look.
Thank you for indulging me.
In darkness and in light.
Here's something NEW! Seasonal Updates from my world & a Series called "My Hands have Touched." Which I'm pretty fond of. Sometimes when I step back, and think of all that I get to see, feel, touch, place, curate, source, it's a pretty awesome thing!
At first I didn't think I had too much to say about this album. The accoutrements that we carry and wear. How we differentiate ourselves. The launguage these items speak without mouths. Then I remembered when and how I came to understand all these extras.
After my Grandmother died. I went up to their property to help my Aunt TeeTee sort, put, organize, sift, breathe, unbraid, hold, and ultimately release. My Grandmother had a sense of style and taste that would have rivaled Harlow, Lamour, Davis or Hepburn. Her closet had two big doors that opened wide at the same time and revealed more style and pleasure than I knew was possible. My Grandmother had been a fashion writer in Washington DC, in the 40's. She was style, head to toe...fingertips, ear lobes, amazing. I brought one item at a time form the closet. That's all I could do, I believe that's all anyone would have done. Each one was art. Was a time and a place and a smell and an excursion and a story. Each piece needed to be held, studied, appreciated for the craftsmanship, the design, the line and intent. Each piece made her a rock star. She was a tiny woman, but that was never the first thing that anyone noticed about her. Her inside was so much bigger. Elegant, charming, intelligent. She could have pulled off a potato sack dress, and left you feeling like you also needed one in the best possible way. She was all gift.
I wear my Grandmothers rings now and I am told that I have her hands. I know that I have her nose. The "family" nose. As much as an accessory as anything else I suppose. Love you Rachel Louise, thank you for being.
Holiday catalogs are fun. Lot's of satin ribbons, ornaments vintage and new, handmade seasonal props. It's quite beautiful. I love the romance of Holiday. The dance and lightness of celebration. It's a promise, an ending of a year, a beginning of another. Of looking your best, shining from within, time spent with family and friends. Holiday is loaded with charm. The back grounds reflect the season, clients tend to get a little more brave to really showcase and show off a little. I love the dance and the balance of creating beautiful still lifes. Of communicating quality and emotions and gift.
Super blessed to have collaborated with Jim Sebring, John Klein (Art Director), Shea Ferlita, and Chris Farrar (Photographer) on a Catalog Launch for Coldwater Creek. Back in the day Coldwater would have their homegoods all over their pages with their clothes. It made sense at the time because of how that brand grew and was cultivated. The lifestyle and story they told to their devoted audience. When this team came into place and started shifting the direction of the brands story. John's idea came into fruition to do a smaller, square catalog within the main catalog. Capturing all the home goods in a cohesive story. Letting the main catalog speak to fashion only. Less clutter on each spread. We did all of this on the side, outside of the projects at hand. We all believed in the possibilities within. I loved curating the product, loved the moody emotive lighting. Chris was the best, positive and adventurous in his aproach to photography and lighting. John gave such a great pitch to the CEO Jerome Jessup. (a wordsmith and a scholar!) Lucky to have been part of this creative effort.
After the warmth of Fall, the coolness of Winter, and the glitz of Holiday...here comes Spring. Soft, brightening light...like a day opening. Less layers, more playful, more colorful. Everything lightens. Fresh flowers come to set. The flower market in San Francisco has been nothing short of AMAZING. We shoot Spring in the Winter. So as we're dealing with Winter outside the studio (not such a big difference in San Francisco), inside we're seeing all the budding fruition Spring has to offer.
Spring makes me want to read poetry, count the flowers outside, hike and hike and hike more. Spring has me considering green, all the shades, all the leaves, all the trees and how fast they conceal their winter nakedness. Spring is a revolution. Spring is beginning. Spring is sowing seeds. Spring is this breath, of ok...we're all still turning, and growing, and breathing, and being.
Summer! Here comes big bright high up "Hi, I'm here!" light. Colors, colors, colors. Styling on sand, which is an art form! I have shot so much on sand, I love it. It's so challenging. I can confidently say, I am a dune master! Ha. One catalog, I styled fine jewelry on sand. then had to use small soft paintbrushes to move all the sand back from everything so carefully. Minimal retouching.
Most of Summer get's shot on white, especially the last few years. My goal is to always figure out how to add white backgrounds that have texture, mix them...for a richer story that doesn't take away from the product but enhances it. A little texture goes a long way.
Summer palates are all over the place. Sometimes you get a zinger of a color thrown in to an otherwise well thought out palate. The challenge is where to put it in relation to all the other colors. Where will it work? I have called this sophisticating the gum ball. Having a background in Art has served me well with color order and composition.
I really enjoy working with cosmetics, bottles, tubes, palates, powders, and liquids. It's more like making art. Stacking, blending, seeing what is possible. Reflections, interactions, soft and hard. Compositional elements. Sign me up!
I love Fall. Fall photo shoots usually happen in the Summer months. I'm always thankful when it comes to propping that I remembered to collect nature elements the year before. I have a couple of prop closets and a storage. Most of the time they're neatly organized, unless I'm super booked and, well...
I grew up in South Florida. We didn't have Seasons really. We had hot or wet, or hot and wet. I remember the weather forecasters on our t.v all they ever got to forecast was hot, with a chance of afternoon showers. After my parents divorced my Mother would send me up to stay with her folks in Virginia for the Summers. My grandparents had acreage on Blue Mountain. Near the Shenandoah Trail. It's beautiful there. The mountians are old and look like crushed velvet from a distance. I had thirteen cousins, and we ran wild. If my stay would linger...through August, and Fall would come a little early...I got my first taste of it. Cool evenings, trees beginning to show their true shapes against the sky. Gardens harvested and put to bed for the Winter. Garlic braided. Root cellars filled. My Aunties canning and preserving. Life had a rythym there, seasonal heartbeat. Back on the Island, South Florida. We grew food, year round. Fruit, yams, greens. My father was a fisherman so there was always fish. I worked on the docks cleaning them. There were no seasons there, just consistancy. When I got off the school bus, I knew who's yards held which fruit trees, that was lunch. Same in the morning, walk to school...pick fruit...eat. Simple. We didn't preserve or can because next week that fruit would be there too, and the week after. I think maybe Mother Nature farmed more than we did. At night we had fish and rice. Rice was the one thing my mother would buy in bulk at the health food store.
Fall still lingered in my mind long after I was back from Virginia. I wondered how much of the trees were exposed now. What their silhouettes looked like against the Blue Mountain sunset. How the fire smelled in the hearth and if it warmed my Grandma and Grandpas feet up enough.
In the Industry, when Fall rolls in...I'm finished styling shorts, and bikinis, and light scarves...layers come with Fall. Naturally. More fabric to work with, more textures, richer tones.
The last few years, as budgets have tightened I have had to do alot of repurposing of props. I love the challenge. How to make the old look new for clients and brands. So far I haven't run out of any ideas, creativity is a beautiful thing. I think it's solid advice to collect as you go as well. That way you don't scramble at a deadline. You make it happen.
Every year, I fall in love with Fall.
Growing up in South Florida, I didn't know Winter. My parents had both come from four season towns They moved to the South for warm water and palm trees. I lived in a house my Mother had designed and built. There was a play ground in the rafters, eight feet above an unfinished cement floor. She was an artist, and kept the floors raw so whenever she was inspired she could paint anywhere and not worry about the mess. Our house was the only house turned sideways...so it would collect the breeze off the gulf. We had an outdoor shower. A bookcase that started at the floor and topped out at fourteen feet, twenty-four feet wide. My Mother wrote stories along the rafters, and in the attic. We had cats and dogs. Anything was possible there.
Through my teens I dabbled here and there with vacations, and road trips...but mainly I stayed in the southern united states. The children's father was a snowboarder and mountain enthusiast so eventually my life headed north. I lived in Northern Idaho and Nelson, BC for eight years. I learned all things Winter. Gearing up, telemark, bundling little ones in layers until they looked more like brightly colored marshmallows than children. I have shoveled more snow then I ever knew possible.
In the Industry, I style Winter in the Fall. Winter brings, puffy, and shiny, and thick, and textures, and fake snow, and worn wood, and painted backgrounds, and tweed and houndstooth, fake fur, velvet. Winter is encompassing. Theres a cooler light than Fall, as the photographers develop the light in such a way. I'm always slightly mesmerized by how they wield light. I've learned so many tricks and techniques from styling on fake and eco snow. I've built snow boxes, large and small. It's a fun season to work with. Propping is generally minimal. The real propping comes when Holiday lines are introduced. On sets, I find that Winter is the season, where anyone and everyone tends to try on what they're styling or admiring. Theres a touchy feely coziness to the season. People come to set, even in a photo studio Winter brings gathering. Warmth.
Ahhh, the Bay Area & Athletic Clothes! It's the lifestyle! Athletic garments can be the most challenging & the most rewarding. Technical fabric requires technical skills. If your good at these, your good! Trust me!
I like to animate athletic clothes. I've done a number of gifs featuring action and movement sans the human body. Really fun. I've joined a couple of Technical Fabric groups (yes, there are such things!) Beacuse I wanted to learn, to understand what's possible with these fabrics. I'm so curious. It feels like the more I learn about them, the more fascinated I am with them! Every time I turn around a new fabric is being created, with salt crystals, with new stretch fibers, with heat colors, with friction support.
Technical fabrics do different things under the studio lights. It's good to get to know them very well. To see just what they will give, and what they take from the light.
I've been lucky to work for Northface, Jansport, Athleta, Gap, Old Navy, Qor, New Balance, and Adidas since moving to the Bay Area.
Super stoked to have collaborated with Kassie Borrenson and NOISE 13 for this Tile project. Really fun, fast paced, beautiful location/light. Lot's of giggles. Work for Tile App site, and Amazon Fashion/Tech Spot. Tile, is overall AWESOME! They gave me some to try out...so cool. So helpful!!!! Thanks Team!!!!
I met with photographer Kassie Borrenson of Haus Frau Fotografie at Mission Public, in San Francisco for some Trumer Pils . She is great! Clear, creative, fun, talented the whole package. We collaborated for Nokia Lumia for a years worth of social media images. For the usual suspects...Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Themed with the seasons, or holidays, or media event happening. We did a ton of shots, client asked for a couple dozen and we delivered ten over that! I can only post so many, as they haven't all come out yet. ;) So much fun to work with the Nokia crew, and with Kassie and her Assistant. Lovely gig. Super grateful.
I love working with food. I feel super lucky that I've gotten to be at Sunset Magazine. I'm inspired by the test kitchen ladies. I love raiding the prop room. So much good and potential in there! I've gotten to collaborate on food blogs, and a farm to table book. It's such a way different experience than clothes.
I've been getting a lot more requests for food shoots, and I think that's super exciting. I love the vision of food shoots. The depth at which all elements are thought out. The passion of the clients. I'm lucky.
This year Sunset Magazine decided to tell a potted tree live Christmas Tree Story. I got brought in by Sr Home Editor Joanna Linberg. She is amazing! Paired with Maili Holiman Art Director whom I think the world of! Shot by Tom Story. Solid talented crew! We set about with tree selections, pot finding. Of course we hit up Flora Grubb, the usual suspect...because...well, FLORA GRUBB!!! I pitched about 15 ideas, Joanna who is beyond clever, narrowed it down to five themes, but only four made the cut!
I gathered branches from the Menlo Park Sunset Campus, cast offs only. To make the golden/glitter branches paired with vintage glass balls, and wee copper wire led lights. The second tree I bought terrariums from Paxton Gate, and we planted them with air-plants, and succulents, lava rocks, sand. Like little worlds in each terrarium. We picked a sturdy tree, and when I say sturdy I mean...that was the toughest tree I've ever handled!
The fourth picture I created handmade wool ornaments. I used wool roving from Imagineknits in San Francisco and more from A Childs Dream website in Sandpoint, Idaho.. I used Yak wool for the Navy and Ivory Balls...WOW YAK WOOL STINKS! I spent about two hours wet felting the yak wool at the kitchen sink and felt a little bit like I was scrubbing the underside of a yak. A smell that stays around the finger tips for about three days after!
The final fourth tree, was my favorite!!! My (then) Assistant Alex the Great, and I were brainstorming what could be the next candy cane...and we came up with rock candy! I LOVE the simplicity of this tree. So sweet, simple white lights and sweeties! What's not to love? Yum!
Here's some behind the scenes extra shots too for all you Sunset Lovers!
Thank you Sunset!!!!!
I'm getting more and more calls for Social Media Styling. I love the simplicity and the challenges and the creativity of creating impactful or emotive single moments. Generally the images show up on the usual suspects, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram...Usually the jobs are editorial by nature. I'm almost always Art Directing and Styling. I love that hybrid roll. I have a few clients that send me product and let me go. Then i send back images. It's a lot of fun to explore what works and what doesn't, and collaborate with diverse brands.
I've been super lucky to have worked with Gap Inc Brands since moving to the Bay Area. One of the first folks I met here, was Cecilia Caparas Apelin (Photo Art Director). She's really fun to work with and has a sharp eye for light and style. Old Navy is great because the campaigns spread across all the departments. So, one story means everyone. Men's, women's, kids, babies, mama's to be, and plus plus. So much goes into these shoots. Well thought out top to bottom. I'm grateful that the brand has trusted me so much to help creatively collaborate on their scene. Love all the folks that make it all happen. Shooters, Assistant shooters, Creative Director, Art Directors, Producers, Stylists, Assistant Stylists, Retouchers, Merch-teams, Caterers, Studio Crew, Designers, and Custodial. It's an awesome machine.
I used to work for a brand that made older lady garments, amazing all the extra amounts of fabric here and there...more hips, more bottoms, more back of the thighs, more fabric around the abdomen...making those clothes their most beautiful was full of challenges...also, super rewarding. I got really skilled at dealing with all the challenges. I thought, give me kiddo clothes! I will just blow through them! I was right...the wee set have their own wee challenges, but on a whole....So fun and so easy!
Once I was in my Grandmothers bedroom. I was playing checkers with my cousin. My Grandmother came in, and needed to change her blouse. She turned her back with modesty, and when she pulled her tshirt over her head my cousin and I saw tiny white flowers fall to the floor. We stared wide eyed. What magic was this? It took me many summers to realize that my Grandmother always smelled like Jasmine. One day when I was twelve, I was watching my Grandmother picking pole beans, and I saw her pinch a jasmine flower off and tuck it into her braziere. I giggled and had to look quickly away. I pretended to be laughing at my Uncle Charlies dog "Jezabel" who was doing nothing at all. My grandmother went in to the kitchen to work on the beans. I jumped up and ran to my cousins house to tell her what I'd seen. Mystery solved!
I got to collaborate with Photographer Matt Dunn to tell this sweet spring story. It was alot of fun...tulips! Yes! Perfect mix and match!
I love Sunset. I remember it on my Mothers coffee table, my Grandmothers coffee table, my Aunts end tables or kitchen counter (all three of them, Aunts not kitchen counters). It's wonderful. When I got booked by them for the previous Christmas I was overjoyed! Then I got invited back to style pumpkins and gourds for the Fall. Seriously, pinch me. Every woman I know, and some men saw my features...and told me about seeing them! Sunset is just like that. A great big family. SO blessed!
Here's the main page, holy shout out...I'm always amazed! Name spelled right and everything. Hahaha! Plus, bonus behind the scenes snaps! Some pumpkins didn't make the cut. Pun intended. I'd blame my iphone for fuzzy pictures, but honestly it's a better photographer than I am!
On set with Alex the great! Jeffery Cross, shooter representing. Jeffery was AWESOME! He had a dry ice machine and a fog machine. It was so much fun! When I bought the irish moss I had no idea how amazing the dry ice would be moving over it. So magical. It was great to build dioramas for dioramas! The lovely Sue Smith weighing in on this project. She's wonderful. Love this crew!
Thank you Sunset!!!
Once I was on this great hike in Sunnyside, Idaho. Seriously great. It was late Winter and I was itching for Spring. I had a dog at the time, sharp strong sassy...a great beauty named Sami. Golden Samoyd. I was post holing over a wide open space, and she would dart side to side, so I could use her back to push up out of the holes. I didn't have to train her for this, she just did it. Sometimes adult and senior dogs you adopt from the shelter surprise you with what they know. Sometimes with what they don't know too. Anyway, rounded a bend...popping crackling ice edge on lake. Loving every moment, and just so overwhelmed with gratitude at being witness to it all. It's a beautiful country. I came to a great tree. My favorite on that hike. A ponderosa pine. I swear their bark is an entire language. I looked around, feeling pretty secure I was alone, looked at Sami who I know would stand guard...and not tell on me. Then I wrapped that massive trunk up in a great hug. Ya, I know. Stop it. Right then a young-ish man came around the bend from the opposite way from the way i'd come. He was like 15 feet away. I froze. I don't know, something in me thought for a second if I just held still he wouldn't notice me. Him beard, carharts, wool, leather...ideal really. Ha. Then he said "Hey, tree-hugger you seen a black lab?" I didn't turn around, but I shook my head back and forth facing the pine. He said thanks and went on his way. No dog to posthole with. I finally ended my embrace, and looked at Sami, like "REA-lly! You couldn't have warned me?"
THIS CHERUB!!! Oh my gosh....what a wee trampoline and a 9 year old can do! Pop of Color! Pop of Action! Way too much fun! Did you know it's hard to jump when your laughing? Laughing = lead feet! Super lucky On-fig gig. Model: Akasha McNamara Photographer: Matt Dunn
Blogger Style is just more relaxed, more at ease, less skill in styling. Simple. I enjoy this style, just because it takes me back to the beginning. Makes me re-think, to become new again, to show less experience. It's a straight forward, ease and youthfulness of styling. Adventure without knowing the outcome. Risk.
Working with maternity clothing is a huge challenge...yet, there's something really great about figuring it all out. Lot's of fabric, lot's of ways to handle that. Maternity clothes have sure gotten way cuter!
I almost called this album "Bread-n-Butter." Everyone needs web sep's. It's good to get really good at them and really fast.This kind of styling is almost like math. Pro's: lot's of practice will make you really good at styling, and nobodies looking over your shoulder, no waiting for approval generally. You get to practice the technical of your craft. Cons: Sometimes shot counts are high (but, I'd call that a challenge). Sometimes there are sets with not too many crew members, and that's a little lonely. I love a good crew! But honestly, if you love what you do...you do it. Again, and again, and you improve and you rock it out.
When I can take a day off...this is what I like to do. I pick a place for a hike or walk about...then I pack along crystals, agate slices, filters, gels, recycled plastic, glass bits...whatever I can find or think of that I can use to shoot through. I call it California Dreaming, since I landed in Northern California I have been completely enamored by the landscape, by the feeling, by the vibe...I know, I know...but, it's just my way of showing folks how I see all of this...surreal beauty. Photographed by me.
Thanks for having me California. Your an AWESOME hostess!
What I do when I'm not styling. Sometimes at lunch time. I illustrate for the ones I love.
I needed some killer images for a Thanksgiving pot-luck. My skills in full effect. Ha. Yes, people came! Most of them dressed in 70's clothes with strange herbs and such sticking out of their pockets, or tied to their heads.Everyone had nicknames too, like rosemary, clove, slipper, sage, cinnamon... Lucky or Bored? .#urbanfamily
Lot's of things go on behind the scenes. It takes a lot of talented folks to make pretty pictures. I'm only one small piece of the whole. This album is for all the other moments that make my job the best. Thank you everyone!