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Burning Up in the Neil House

The photo shoot at the Neil House was incredibly fun, and being in a great location was such a treat. I love it any time there are tons of shoes, vintage and new clothes, oodles of jewelry, an array of makeup, and many great friends!

I was also so happy to be able to once again collaborate with Kristi McMurry! She did an entirely separate shoot in the house at the same time as me. While we were shooting away, TJ got some behind the scenes photos! Hilary did a phenomenal job, and Ming Tay had her big debut as a makeup artist. Maria, one of the girls in the Hartland photography class, got to help me out as well. Despite it being extremely toasty in the house, every single person stuck it out beautifully!!

Please enjoy the video by Miss Margaret Brinson as a preview for the photos that I will present to you later this week! View it full screen and enjoy!






Check back in for my images from the day later this week. Much love!

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The Time to Come


This past Saturday, I was on the other side of the camera (well sort of) with TJ and Margaret… dressed in 20s attire! Cari Phillips and Katlyn Moncada recruited us to be their models for a class project and we were happy to oblige. If someone is asking me to dress up for them in themed garb (from my favorite clothing era, no less) then I am bound to say yes.
Saturday afternoon rolled around and we drove…to the scariest house I have EVER been in. You have no idea. I will not say too much because I don’t want my mom and dad inquiring about why I was in some scary house in the first place with four other friends and umpteen cameras.
Things were going real nice and the photos were turning out quite pretty until TJ was standing in the doorway and HE HEARD FOUR FOOTSTEPS and declared it was time for us to, as my dad says, “blow this place.” We scurried like I have never scurried before in those red Mary Janes of mine. Moral of the story no. 1: DO. NOT. GO. IN. SCARY. HOUSES. FOR. THE. SAKE. OF. PHOTO. PROJECTS (even if they are for Jim Veneman). Honestly, I was hoping an image of a ghost would turn out on my film. Moral of the story no. 2: Go to S&J Grocery instead. They are very nice there.

PRESS PLAY: “Tatted Lace” by Alela Diane…









I used Vogue’s shoot, “The Society Slouch” with Caroline Trentini and Chanel Iman, as my inspiration! I almost wore my sparkly Nando Jones top. Sadly, it didn’t make the cut.
While we are on the subject of Vogue, I would like to announce that I am officially going to be an intern at Billy Reid this summer! I am ecstatic. I recently found some exceptional behind the scenes photos of Billy Reid’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection during NY Fashion Week… see those HERE.

XOXO!

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Gold


Please look at how gorgeous these photographs are. Maria took them with her disposable. Unbelievable. Except not, because they are real. They were in the group of photos we found on Tuesday.

Listen to this James Blake song, “Lindesfarne II.” It is equally as serendipitous as Maria’s photos. TJ did a very very good thing when he showed me James. I want to listen to him day and night. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about an artist since…Phoenix! Or TJ, when he released his album Tradition, which you can download here.
Anywho, press PLAY for James.

IT IS FRIDAY!!! Yes, yes, yes! Have the happiest of weekends.

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Unexpected Findings

Tuesday at Hartland as we were selecting the final images to frame for the community center, laundry room, and office, we found some real gems from last semester that we had somehow overlooked in the past. Jared, one of the guys in photography class, has some wonderful images and this is one of them! It caught everyone’s eye right away.

Next week we plan to hang everything up! This weekend will be a big put-the-frames-together party if anyone would like to help!

PLAY: “Ghostwriter” by RJD2

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Shopping Texas Style | Part I


Southwestern Photojournalism Conference. Best conference ever. For one weekend a year, I turn into a super techie nerd (Brad Moore, don’t laugh). Portfolio critiques all day every day! 2 minute show? Sure! Website talk over a meal (or two) at Old South, career conversations at all hours of the night, and dance parties on the way home. The conference is in Fort Worth, Texas, which makes it quite the trek. Totally worth it though!
This year, I decided to do the student workshop, which rocked. I was in a small group with freelancer Stephen McGee (New York Times and Wall Street Journal) and photographer/videographer Garrett Hubbard (USA Today, New York Times, and so on), and they are super news photojournalists. They are not only that, but they are also great men of God who are passionate about storytelling.
During a phone call to check in with Garrett during shoot time, he said to me, “Don’t just take photos of beautiful inanimate objects.” I was like…well…I am toast…can he read my photo radar?? I am not even on the same block as him!!! “Oh yes, for sure not. Definitely not,” (or something like that) I replied. Man oh man. Haha! But it was awesome. It was so interesting to go through all of the shots from the day with them.
So…Here are some of my photos from shooting time. While others were seeking out the cowboys and the cattle, I went shopping! Whoopsies.

Press play: Rockin’ Chair by John Lee Hooker (dedicated to Liza Beck)…





More on the conference later…with maybe some wise words from like, uh, Jeremy Cowart. And shopping Texas style part two. Oh! And I still owe you a post on Ming’s purchase from Nando! Stay tuned.

Much love! Don’t get buried beneath the books and articles and interviews and paint chips like I am! Grief.

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Behind the Scenes of Billy Reid’s Spring 2011 Campaign!


I had the pleasure of playing a small part in the Spring ’11 Campaign for Billy Reid in Florence, Alabama. My time included compiling and styling looks, packing and unpacking (tons of) clothes and shoes with assistant designer Jonathan Skagfield, and assisting Tricia Coble with makeup and hair! An amazing learning experience all together, and a total blast. Robert Rausch shot the campaign and the models were Yuliana Bondar with IMG and Patrick Clark with Ford. All of these photographs are from the day we shot at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rosenbaum house. Amazing locations and such great people!








Check out the new collection HERE!

SONG of the DAY: “Barton Hollow” by The Civil Wars, off their new album:
This song is about Muscle Shoals, AL… Not far from Billy Reid!

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Alesia in the Studio!


Let me guess what you are thinking. “Didn’t she do that shoot forever ago??” The answer is yes. I know, it is terrible that I am just now busting them out! Although the clothes are not the brightly colored mismatched patterned goodness that is coming at us this Spring, they are the clothes for everyday. For me, this shoot was more about collaboration than anything else. It was SO MUCH fun planning and combining ideas and thoughts! Shooting in the studio is not my forte… I hope to get better at it as time goes on. I ripped up many-a-Vogue for lighting and modeling ideas, and presented them to mastermind Jim Veneman. We met and he helped me do the lighting setup days ahead. Kristi McMurry had been pumping ideas into my head for months and helped me to recreate the lighting on the actual shooting day. Haley Gallagher, who is an amazing stylist, helped with the clothing and makeup. She compiled pieces from multiple closets to come up with cohesive looks. TJ Hester, poor guy, helped me transport so many shoes, clothes, and beauty products. Margaret Brinson worked some flip magic and came up with some fun little videos (which you can see HERE and HERE on her blog). She also helped me make a noteworthy playlist for our time in the studio. Last but not least, Alesia Fisher (the superstar of the whole ordeal) was absolutely incredible. She works so very hard at school and her job, and she somehow fit me in. I met her for the first time doing this shoot and she exceeded my expectations (which were already pretty darn high)! She played a huge part in figuring out and doing her own makeup (she can do eyes like no other).





Basically, a big thank you goes to everyone who helped out. It was so meaningful to me because I never could have done it by myself! It was a great learning experience, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by such talented people.

*Check out the behind the scenes post! And this one too!

“Keep It Fascinating” by Major Lazer & La Roux

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CMT and Annie Leibovitz…

Every semester the photojournalism students take a trip to meet with various photographers, and I have to say this was definitely one of our best day trips! We met with Brett Warren at CMT and he gave us the grand tour.

When we finally sat down for a little Q&A, he further explained about his internship with ANNIE LEIBOVITZ. Yes, you heard me, ANNIE LEIBOVITZ. He has shared a cookie with her. He has assisted her multiple times. I. CANNOT. IMAGINE.
Brett is an incredible photographer, (look at his personal work here and on flickr) and I would not doubt it if he were the next Annie. He makes props…designs costumes and sets…and creates absolutely rich photos. He said he likes to layer it on as much as possible! Believe it or not, Brett uses Photoshop very little…mainly to adjust color, “to tell more about the people in the photos.”

[Here are some of his sketches for an upcoming shoot!!]

[rocketown is where we went to view some of his work]

What an amazing an inspiring trip!

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A Disposable Perspective


These are my favorite shots from my first disposable roll. I cannot express to you how much I like shooting this way! It is so fun and carefree because well…uh… you snap and then wind. Obviously, you think about the pictures differently because there are only about 25 per roll. I get the one shot I want and move on, no need for 7 pictures of the same thing. Just one, thanks! I know it may sound a bit silly to revert to this camera, but I want to be able to get to know their finicky nature again so if the girls I am teaching at Hartland have problems with their cameras, I know what the causes may be. I am ready to make mistakes and learn with them!


Join me as I play around with these cameras!

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With Cameras


“Zana wanted to encourage the kids in the workshop to use photography to explore their lives and their world…. They were asked to look at the familiar in a way that would lead them to new conclusions… The editing process gave the kids a venue for articulating their thoughts and feelings. It demonstrated, perhaps for the first time in their lives, that their opinions and experiences were of value. That they themselves were valued.”
-Kids With Cameras
week 1 project: home. both photos are by maria. she is 12, and the youngest in my class.

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