This antebellum home, the Neil House, is one of the oldest houses in Tennessee, and it is absolutely incredible. It is currently being renovated, and the finished product will be breathtaking. Big time thanks to Clark Shaw at Casey Jones Village for so kindly letting us shoot there, even though the restoration won’t be complete until fall of next year. I hope you love looking at these images as much as I enjoyed shooting them!
PLAY // The Truth is in the Dirt, sung by model Karen Elson…
…plus a few by TJ Hester… they’re so dreamy and he is a master at old film cameras…
Model: Hilary Borden
Makeup and styling: Ming Tay and myself
Assistant: Maria Ferrera
Art Director/second shooter/film changer man: TJ Hester Video: Margaret Brinson Much thanks to all of the above who helped out!
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!
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.
Taking a break from Cairo….Here are some photos from my time with Anna the other day! Miss Bodenhammer is a talented photographer, a super kind individual, and loves her some Urban Outfitters! Our time together was phenomenal-it consisted of lunching at Chez Lu Lu, rummaging through her closet full of the cutest dresses ever, choosing from my many lip colors, and zooming from store front to store front. Enjoy!
Anna, you rock. Thank you classic Birmingham store fronts (Highlands Bar & Grill, Renaissance Records, Reed Books, and Zoe’s Consignment & Vintage) for letting us use your facades! Everyone should visit ALL of those places.
P.s. I could listen to this song over and over (Basic Space Pariah Remix, by the XX) and it is the most adorable video, but the saddest French film!! I love watching her dance around.
P.s.s. Guess what? I am going to Florence for a few days to provide some extra hands during a week long shoot…for Billy Reid’s Spring 11 collection!
The online photo editing was done and “Reporting on Travel” could wait. I sat outside with my buddies, aka roommates, ALL AFTERNOON. I read The Selby (the book!) that has been on our coffee table for weeks and I suddenly got super inspired to start taking everyone’s photo…more of those to come in the next couple of days. It. Was. So. Fun.
Our time outside was not complete without sweet tea (and star shaped iced cubes)… also, I loved Margaret’s neutral colors and simple garb today…