Recently, the Japanese edition of one of my FAVORITE MAGS EVER, Nylon, reached out to me asking me to shoot a six-page fashion spread. Obviously I said YES (!), recruited a bunch of friends to work on it with me, and did the dang thing.
This is probably the most work I've put in on a shoot thus far and I'm so proud of the way everything came out (not to mention the stupidly amazing work my friends and mom did), so I wanted to share a little bit of behind-the-scenes info to 1. let you in on some of the magic and 2. document and file away for my brain's organizational purposes.
So here we gooooo!
My mom is my photo wing-woman 4ever, so I ran home from college the day before this shoot to design the set. My mom has a KILLER eye for things like this (she found that tinsel, helped dye the sheet, and supplied alllll of those silk flowers), and is also somehow very very good at making giant clouds (not pictured yet). We were up until 2 am creating this in our foyer and obviously had to snap a commemorative picture before we tore it all down.
The next morning I hauled all of this PLUS the lovely clothes from Clothing Warehouse (my fav Atlanta vintage spot + workplace of a lot of rlly sweet people <3) in my lil car back to my school, where we did the shoot.
If you've looked closely at almost any of my photos, you know that I generally don't worry too much about makeup (LOL) because by the time that I'm ready to shoot, I'm thinking about the pictures. Hopefully that makes sense. But for this shoot I recruited my angel makeup god pal Armando (he put all of the makeup details on his Insta if you're into that sorta thang) to collab with me on the makeup, and he came up with some really beautiful #looks for Kristen (another litero angel who MODELED FOR ME AH!). They worked on the makeup in my dorm while Kenedee (my rooooommate who graciously assisted this shoot) helped me haul everything in and set up in the studio.
To make a long, exhausting, story short, we ended up shooting this in a classroom. Which was kind of perfect because of the amount of STUFF I had. Ken took that Instax shot of me #perched in the final set- which I'm obsessed with still. I told ya'll my mom is a cloud god.
Like I said earlier, I'm very very very grateful to the Clothing Warehouse team for letting us borrow clothes for this (aside from like, the actual shoot, I felt very cool walking down the street in Little 5 Points carrying a dry cleaner's bag full of sparkly clothes), they were PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL and totally brought my vision to life. Pretty clothes 4ever. The pieces in the above picture are actually mine (I don't know HOW, granted the CW picks greatly outnumbered mine, but you know)- the shirt was hand painted by moi the night before, sparkly dress from Goodwill (my home), and the star dress is from Little White Lies (by way of Hello Holiday) and I actually wore it to prom. Prom was bad so I was happy to give it a new, more glamorous life in this shoot.
I love this picture I snapped of Armando adjusting Kristen's clothes because 1. she looks like a doll, even from the back (HOW?) and 2. I think it encapsulates Armando's whole deal. I love my friiiiiends.
Lots of BTS makeup pictures were taken. (Top from Clothing Warehouse, shorts are mine from Buffalo Exchange).
I also love these of cloud-mom Kristen and frat boy Kristen. Get u a model who can do both.
These shoes from Clothing Warehouse were probably the stars of this shoot- look at those lil GOLDFISH!!! They're by a brand called Fantasma and they are everything to me. Socks from Target.
And everyone tried them on, because how could you not.
Not much to say here besides that we (Armando) really wanted this Walk-Like-an-Egyptian-but-Make-it-Fashion pose to work out. But sadly it didn't. (This is not to detract from Armando's posing skills- I don't know how he does it but he is really really good. He set up maybe 3/4 of the shots that worked out and I am forever indebted to him for that lol.)
We shot about three makeup looks for this and I love 'em all. Like I said before, Armando tagged all of the brands/products he used on his Instagram so I'd highly recommend looking at those if you're into doll-from-space beauty looks.
Aw aw group picture. We all look busted and tired because we were busted and tired- we worked for about 6 hours in total (which I know isn't a lot compared to most fashion shoots but like also...it was a lot of work for us, K?). After this we hauled allll of the props and set magic to my car, Ken and I went back to the dorm, stared into space for two hours, and then watched Gaga on the Superbowl. True!
I am so so happy that these photos are out in the world (my BABY!) and in like, an IRL print magazine. Thank you x1,000,000,000 to Nylon Japan for trusting me with 6 pages and a lot of creative freedom, and Clothing Warehouse for the perfect wardrobe. And THE HUGEST THANK YOU to all of my friends (and mom!) who helped out with this- I would've been toast without everyone's help.
YAY! You can grab a copy here, if you're so inclined. It says it'll deliver to the US, but I'll post an Amazon US link when I find one, too. I'm so excited to see it IRL, and will be posting about it on my Instagram, as always.
Shot some images (and some video that I'm working on! yay for trying new things!) with my new pal/killer musician JAXRENEE the other night, and I love the way they turned out. She has such killer style and was a great model so this was a real fun collab. Take a look at the photos below (doy) and listen to Jax's tunes HERE.
also, some technical stuff: I shot these all on a Canon 6D (as per usual) and the swirly lights were created by layering my trusty h0les lens, a weird tiny blue filter that I scored for $5 at a camera store, a sparkle filter and my prism in different combos. I also went nuts in Lightroom with colors because I can!
A few weeks ago I attended a sweet event called Ladiesnite at the Mammal Gallery in Atlanta- it was a 15+ (I believe!) band event showcasing female and non-binary musicians. I, as well as a bunch of people I'm sure, get super frustrated and honestly just tired of seeing show lineups that solely showcase cishet male musicians, so Ladiesnite was a killer way to get to know some amazing Atlanta-based musicians that I can relate to in some capacity (hi!).
My friends and I didn't get to stay for the entire event, but I did manage to snap some photos in the couple of hours that we were there-- I'll add in links to the artists' socials so that you can have a listen (just click on any photo of an artist to get to their page!).
I recently stumbled across a few photos I took and edited of 5 Seconds of Summer from their tour with Hey Violet over the summer and realized that I never posted them anywhere! I shot these from the crowd with a pretty basic telephoto lens and my prisms (as per usual) and I really like the way they came out.
As my mom (my +1 forever) and I were leaving the venue, I saw all of the fans standing on the lawn section absolutely losing their minds and it gave me the biggest flashbacks to 2008 when I was in the exact same spot screaming for the Jonas Brothers...so obviously I had to snap a photo. There's nothing I love more than people (especially young women!) who are super passionate about music, so these fans were the absolute cream of the crop for me. I hope I did them justice!
Shot a few photos of my pal Armando on the top of a parking deck with a really sweet view of the city. I wanted a really dreamy ~editorial~ look, so I used a h0les Eyewear lens, a sparkle filter (like this), and a run-of-the-mill prism. We also made use of some cool spotlights on top of the building. I played around with the angles that I (and a couple of other really patient friends) held the filters and prisms in front of the camera and was able to get some really cool effects.
Thanks to Armando for modeling and to Kristen and Ken for assisting and making a lil cameo! <3
I've been dabbling in design a good bit lately-- making album art, posters, and graphics for my zine Sonic Blume, amongst a few other projects-- so when my editor at Rookie, Lena, asked me to make a background for their website this month (the theme is INFINITY and centers a bunch around space :')), I obviously said yes.
After a little while of floundering around in Photoshop, I whipped up a couple of options I liked and turned 'em into patterns using the "Define Pattern" + "Pattern Overlay" options (I should probably start making some DIYs for things like this!) and I wanted to share them with ya on this blog for yr viewing pleasure + use as ~wallpapers~ for yr ~devices~. Right click to save 'em, or hold down if you're on yr phone.
Here's the one that ended up being used on the site...
And the pattern that didn't get used but is still cute 2 me.
thanks 4 letting me throw my art at u! They're def not perfect, but I wanted to share 'em anyway <3
I met up with my internet (and now IRL!) pal, Camille, a few weeks ago and we shot a buuuunch of photos of each other around Atlanta. She's a mega talented photographer from Baton Rouge and I LOVED HANGIN' WITH HER. I'm convinced that we're kindred spirits.
I shot a roll of expired (only by 3ish months) Porta film in a Canon Rebel G, and edited them in Lightroom <3 These are a few of my favorites from the set.
A couple months ago I got an email from the sweet-as-heck Hey Violet team asking to make some cover art for their incredible new EP, "Brand New Moves" (you can, and should, give the title track a listen here. The video is amazing too!), and I obviously said yes! Since, I've also created a show poster and a couple more visuals for them-- I'm totally obsessed with their style and so stoked to be working with a band in this capacity.
The H.V. camp was kind enough to let me shoot some live photos of their killer set in Atlanta on their current tour with 5 Seconds of Summer and they were excelllllent! They're such a fun live band. When I initially went to edit these I sort of freaked out and went like, FULL THROTTLE MAXIMALISM, with a bunch of papers and adjustment layers....which was a mistake. I asked my mom why they sucked so much and she deadpanned and was like, "because you're trying too hard." And so I paired down and only went a little wild, and I'm really happy with the way they turned out! Moral of the story is: yeah, I guess less can be more, but only sometimes.
HEY O! I haven't posted on this here blog since January! Holy cow! But it is for good reason-- I launched Sonic Blume, my zine baby, in April, and am still shooting lots for Rookie (which I still love so much!).
A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to shoot Shaky Knees- a 3 day long festival here in Atlanta- for Rookie, and I came across SO much awesome new music, including one of my new favorite bands, LANY.
As I said in my piece for Rookie, I checked their set out solely on the basis of my pal (and LANY's best hype woman, imo) Lauren's recommendation, and they totally lived up to the hype! Their set corresponded perfectly with a gorgeous sunset, and the mix of their atmospheric, synth-y, electro-pop made for the coolest vibe. I shot so many photos during their set (and wasn't able to include more than a couple in the final piece!), so I wanted to share the rest of 'em here.
Enjooooyyyy + check out LANY on Spotify!