We went jewelry shopping for the big day, and held hands as we did so.
She happily walked out with necessities instead of baubles.
Tickets were held as prized possessions, and used like money to give and take away.
Family made it to the ceremony by the grace of God.
“People said they never thought I would make it this far.”
No plans for afterwards, apartment before job is what comes to mind.
The cycle begins, but lets hope not. Let’s push for not.
She reads books about fashion, and knows every decade.
Perhaps shadowing the Wilbourn Sisters is the answer to our prayers.
Ms. Mary said it could be so… I saw her at graduation.
Happy day of graduating high school, Terica Jones. We love you dearly.
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 present to you the charming Hilary Borden in the Neil House at Casey Jones Village…so many more images to come and a behind the scenes video of the shoot!
PLAY // “Lover Man” by Billie Holiday
Wednesday night I sat in my little room looking at cotton candy pink roses (that my loved one, TJ, gave me) as if they were TV. Lately, not too many things can make me happier than roses (I’m sure you’ve picked up on that…way too much flower talk). I looked over at them so many times as I was reading Four Spirits, waiting to go downstairs for shelter. The rain and the storms have come and gone though, and sunshine thankfully followed…giving us just enough time to have a dinner of arugula and tomato pizza outdoors…which was followed by 31 cent ice cream scoops at Baskin-Robbins.
Last night I might have just loved Jackson, Tennessee.
I thought I would give you a little polaroid lovin this overcast Tuesday! I shot this in Spring of 2009.
My sweet Aunt Mary came to visit me yesterday, and I basically took a mini vacation while she was here! I even stayed at a hotel with her. Plush bed, yes please, thank you. She also fed TJ & me so well and took us to our favorite place in town, Flat Iron Grille (the very best restaurant here), after I spoke at Town & Gown! More on that later. For now, amongst the craziness, I say thank goodness for family, loves, luxurious hotel beds, and scrumptious food!
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.
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.
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!
Will Gray, whom I love seeing perform, came to Jackson this past weekend. It was a great kick off for Barefoots concerts this semester. Gray always brings something different to the table that other performers do not possess.
[“The rhymes were fabulous, Will Gray sang like an old-school Marvin Gaye, and that band, impossibly, gelled into a rockin’, funky, folky R&B Americana machine. It was the freshest music I’ve heard in months.”
-Andy Whitman, PASTE Magazine]
It is so great to see quality artists come to this small town! The past few days have been so wonderful and music filled.
Thursday night was a pleasure hearing Jon Black and Micah Dalton, along with TJ Hester at The Poorhouse, an amazing location for house shows. Before the concert I had my first cup of french onion soup that was incredibly delicious…oh the benefits of house tours!
“There Is Love We Can Find” by Jon Black
In addition, Rod McGaha’s jazz concert Saturday night at Soup du Jour was one of the best events I have been to since living here. The people and the place definitely made me feel like I was in Birmingham or Charleston or even New Orleans. You can read my review of the event in the next Cardinal & Cream (we were named best college newspaper in the South, 2nd best website)!
Apparently, Pat Kerr knows all there is to know about lace. She collects it, she is obsessed with it, she loves it. She is the queen of lace! Friday night she had her 30th Anniversary Fashion Celebration at the Dutch Garden Center, and I took photos for the C&C newspaper.
It was SO COLD, because after all it was in a greenhouse. And Martha Stewart didn’t show up. I just wanted to see Martha!!!
Good thing when I got back, TJ had a chocolate cupcake waiting for me. Everything = immediately better.
All in all though, Margaret and I had a blast. Tomorrow you can read Margaret’s story about it and see more photos on the C&C website, but also check out her blog for a much funnier and more detailed description of the evening.
p.s. A new blog look is coming soon, designed by my very own roomie/graphic designer/friend Kate Allen!!