I really loved the idea of playing up stark winter contrasts in this shoot. We hoped to emulate the cold isolation of a funeral, by having Radha's beautiful pale features against saturated black. In order to bring dimension to the inky black, I chose lace details in her veil and in the bodice of her dress, and created angular shape with the oversized jacket. I'm so proud of our team sticking it out in the cold!
Meek Vintage is a wonderland spot in the Golden Triangle of Capitol Hill. It's a warm living shop, constantly curated by mother-daughter duo Kelly & Emma Meeks. These ladies have a great discerning eye, and have created a place where every little piece invites you to touch. The first time I walked in, I thought, "I would kill for my apartment to look like this!"
While I can't afford to buy everything off their hands, they were gracious enough to let me run amock in their inventory and style a homey little shoot with their amazing pieces. The itty bitty rings, books, pillows, all the clothes (including that Nakoma Shawl by Good Company Co.)--- everything you see in this set is at Meek. Or rather it was when we shot this, so who knows who's scooped it up since then! Fear not, everything that goes is being replaced by something else that's straight out of your dreams.
Some artists have such an iconic vision that one can't help but look to them for inspiration. Alexander McQueen is one of those artists for many people, and the fashion world is surely missing something without him.
Similarly the fashion photography of Nick Knight inspires many other photographers across the world, and Colorado's own Molly Repetti was selected to be part of Nick Knight's master class. We set our eyes to McQueen's SS16 Collection, and went to work.
Crows have long been a foreboding symbol of destitution, particularly in rural communities. In this shoot, we played around with the idea of a Crow as an urban creature, living in the places illuminated only by moonlight and street lamps.
The jumpsuit reminded me of my trip to Europe last winter, particularly, the ladies at the cafes in Paris and Barcelona. They chatted furiously about I don’t know what to their friends, colleagues and dates. They seemed opinionated, charged, and thoughtful. Some had taken a break from errands to socialize, others were simply waiting for their daily espresso, but each one seemed so beautiful and stylish.
What is that quintessentially European thing so many artists try endlessly to capture in photos, paintings, and films? Effortless Cool. The ability to enjoy life so thoroughly that the enjoying feels like an activity all its own. It’s the sort of place where picking flowers at the market is a pastime, and coffee is sipped, not rushed, because there’s no place you’d rather be on a sunny afternoon than at the cafe. Books are read in hand, not skimmed on a Kindle. A place where people don’t seem to have to try.
I jumped at the chance to style the brilliant singer/songwriter/musician Esme Patterson (formerly of the band Paper Bird) while she was in town on tour. We used very minimal hair and makeup artistry, and were able to create a natural, effortless look that works seamlessly with her brand and energy. The shoot was simple and done with a small all-female team.
This shoot came together very quickly around a small idea. We all loved the look of mixing masculine and feminine in everything from clothing, posture, and attitude. We went two directions with this shoot: clean, classy lines and slouchy sporty elements, all in a monochrome palette.
In the latest installment of my series called "Sips & Style", I chatted with Tico Burgos, bar manager at Punch Bowl Social, about the bar's place in Denver dining culture, and partnered with local boutique Ily|Iley to style three perfect summertime looks.