Derby hats! Ties! Fashion!

Is this real life?! I was asked to be a photographer at a fashion shoot for an incredible derby hat line (Derby Hats by Rachelle) as well as tie line (Carrillo and Heslip Originals). Words can't explain how talented these people are - everyone including the designers, the makeup artists, the hair stylist, the models, the stylists... everyone! To be surrounded by such talent was such an amazing experience. Pinch me!! And aside from the amazing talent, everyone involved was incredibly friendly, down to earth, funny, and just a pleasure to be around. Here are a few photos from the shoot! My heart and soul went into these. 

Headwear: Derby Hats by Rachelle

Mens ties and bowties: Carrillo and Heslip Originals

Mens styling: Matthew Richmond

Womens styling for L.K. Bennett: Raffaella Moda and Suzen Kingston

Bags for men and women: SMH Bags by M. Clark

Hair: Mary Simmons

MUA: Shalika Sanders

Models: Marinella MG & Kevin Heslip Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Models: Marinella MG & Kevin Heslip

Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Model: Marinella MG Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Model: Marinella MG

Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Model: Lia Morse Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Model: Lia Morse

Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Models: Kevin Heslip, Alexander Kepreos, Benjamin Casaceli & Marko Carrillo

Models: Kevin Heslip, Alexander Kepreos, Benjamin Casaceli & Marko Carrillo

Models: Grace Heslip Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Models: Grace Heslip

Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Models: Benjamin Casaceli, Alexander Kepreos & Marko Carrillo

Models: Benjamin Casaceli, Alexander Kepreos & Marko Carrillo

Model: Alexander Kepreos

Model: Alexander Kepreos

Model: Marko Carrillo

Model: Marko Carrillo

Model: Grace Heslip Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Model: Grace Heslip

Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Models: Benjamin Casaceli & Lia Morse Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Models: Benjamin Casaceli & Lia Morse

Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Model: Marinella MG Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Model: Marinella MG

Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Model: Lia Morse Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Model: Lia Morse

Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Models: Alexander Kepreos & Lia Morse Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Models: Alexander Kepreos & Lia Morse

Womens Apparel: Christiana J. Paul

Models: Marinella MG & Lia Morse Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

Models: Marinella MG & Lia Morse

Womens Apparel: L.K. Bennett

HUGE THANKS to everyone who collectively made this happen. I couldn't be any more grateful for this opportunity!

Janell

 

 

Studio Project!

What better way to start a blog than with a good before & after? Everyone loves a before & after.

Alright, so I was originally using paneling found at Lowe's as backdrops/floordrops in my home studio. As a beginning photographer, with a makeshift studio in the front room of my house, I needed something inexpensive, easy to setup, and the ability to be portable. The panels were working fine, but I felt they were a little generic, and I was ready for something a little more custom that also looked more realistic than paneling. When my dad told me he had some extra planks of wood laying around that I could use, it meant one thing - a project for my significant other! :)

The Lowes paneling was somewhat restricting due to size (I had cut each panel in half; one for the backdrop, one for the floor). This meant extra editing in Photoshop to expand them in the background. With the ability to build my own backdrops/floordrops, I could make them essentially any dimension I wanted to.

Enter in my significant other. He's such a trooper.

The Pine wood measured 1x4 inches each, and after I counted out about 140 planks, Nick ran them through the planer one by one. Originally I had asked for him to make a two sided backdrop and a two sided floordrop that I could flip over depending on which side I wanted to use for a shoot. But Nick topped that idea by actually making the floordrop and backdrop connect with a hinge so that each side could fold up for easy storage. Also - he added wheels! So the entire thing is ONE piece, that I can fold up on either side (or both), and roll around. 

Nick started by making the base with wheels and then attaching the middle piece of plywood that would eventually get wood planks attached to both sides of it.

Nick attached one of the pieces of plywood to the support/wheel system. Looking back, we would have put the planks on the plywood first before attaching it to the base.

Nick attached one of the pieces of plywood to the support/wheel system. Looking back, we would have put the planks on the plywood first before attaching it to the base.

He then layed out two pieces of plywood that he cut down to about 6'3" long, and then nailing the wood planks to each of them.

Once Nick was done nailing planks into this sheet of plywood, he attached planks to another sheet of plywood as well.

Once Nick was done nailing planks into this sheet of plywood, he attached planks to another sheet of plywood as well.

After nailing the wood planks to the middle piece of plywood, he attached both bottom pieces to either side using hinges.

After nailing the planks to each piece of plywood, he attached the two together with hinges, and then put extra planks underneath to use as a support. The other side looks identical to this.

After nailing the planks to each piece of plywood, he attached the two together with hinges, and then put extra planks underneath to use as a support. The other side looks identical to this.

Now time to paint! Nick stained one side with a Minwax stain (color is Jacobian), and I painted the other side a creamy off-white (Behr Smooth Silk). I wanted one side light and bright, and the other dark and woodsy. The colors turned out so perfectly!! 

Lord only knows what kind of mess I would have made staining the planks, so I left that up to Nick. I painted the other side a creamy white, which I did not get pictures of.

Lord only knows what kind of mess I would have made staining the planks, so I left that up to Nick. I painted the other side a creamy white, which I did not get pictures of.

This was after the first coat of stain. We ended up doing a second coat.

This was after the first coat of stain. We ended up doing a second coat.

This is the only picture I have of the white side where you can see the entire thing. Miss Thang likes to pretend it's her stage :) In this photo, the dark side is flipped up, secured with a hook, and against the wall.

This is the only picture I have of the white side where you can see the entire thing. Miss Thang likes to pretend it's her stage :) In this photo, the dark side is flipped up, secured with a hook, and against the wall.

Quick cell picture of the wood side in the room. The white side is flipped up, secured with a hook, and pushed against the wall.

Quick cell picture of the wood side in the room. The white side is flipped up, secured with a hook, and pushed against the wall.

Now for the finished product in use! I have only had a few studio sessions since the completion of the backdrop/floordrop system, and I cannot wait to use it more!!!

Sweet Brycen!

Sweet Brycen!

Cami Bear <3

Cami Bear <3

My gorgeous neice, Camden.

My gorgeous neice, Camden.

Handsome Lucas!!

Handsome Lucas!!

One of the four types of paneling I used.... and apparently the only pull back photo I have of the setup!

One of the four types of paneling I used.... and apparently the only pull back photo I have of the setup!

I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. Nick is amazing! Now bring me all of your children so I can take their photos on it!! ;)

-Janell