Category Archives: fashion

Behind the Scenes of the Queen

Hey Guys!

So I’m back on the blog! Woo! After no less than three of the blogs that I follow started posting about keeping your blog updated, I figured it was a sign.

Spiked apples never tasted so good…

I did a shoot right at the end of the summer that was for a magazine submission, so unfortunately, we have to keep it off the web-sphere. It was centered around the latest take on Snow White, Snow White and the Huntsman. The costume design was so incredible and we knew immediately we wanted to  do a shoot based off of it.

But, as a teaser, here’s some behind the scenes:

Jennifer, my assistant, spiking away

Hair and Make-Up By the Lovely Kat!

 

 

 

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Under the Cover of Darkness…or Light

Hey guys!

It’s been a wild ride since I started at SCAD last fall. That’s the reason I’ve been absent from the blog(s) lately, so I’m sorry about that. Either way, I’ve been swamped with shoots and have decided to showcase one of the more recent shoots with you. The project was conceived as a my Color Technique final for the quarter and was more about playing with spectrum’s of light we don’t normally play with as photographers. It was a complete experiment and I ended up having to shoot this three different times.  Yikes!

The first time I shot this I ordered an industrial 400 watt blacklight to work with. Considering the average Spencer’s bulb is 25-40 watts, that’s a lot of power. We got everything set up and my assistant Jessica was setting up the light. It never turned on.

Ever.
We waited two and a half hours for the thing to turn on. By that time, the models were there and were getting fitted for the clothes so we were down to one option: run out and get Spencer’s lights.  That’s what we did! We ended up purchasing four lights to make this all work.

 

Just goes to show you can’t pre-plan everything.

 

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Photoshoot: Trashed

I got this idea over the summer and worked on it with the lovely Sera Rose and Kayla Fenwick, both people I’ve never worked with before.  My friend Jennifer Weightman was my assistant. Kayla was such a fantastic MUA and I really hope to work with her again. Sera was fantastic as well, a great poser and totally wiling to lie in gull poop, go swimming, wear dresses that were falling apart. Jen was hilarious and really helpful. It makes it so much easier when you have an assistant who is also a photographer and knows what you are talking about.

The series focused around recycled fashion and how we (as consumers) can create beautiful products out of materials we use everyday. The black dress is made completely from contractor bags swiped from (empty) construction sites. Took me approximately…..three days, including patterning for the top, a muslin, and finished ruffles/pleating and five contractor bags. The white dress is made from (clean) kitchen trash bags and Target bags. That took me two days. Fairly easy, just started cutting away what I didn’t want and figuring out a shape.

[c] AydensGrace Photography 2011

This was one of the first shots of the day. At this point, only the pleating at the top of the dress was starting to come undone, so it wasn’t too bad. I hadn’t really thought about how the pleats would come apart when I made the dress so it was interesting to see where my craftsmanship was the poorest. The skirt is huge, approximately….four feet of train? I got really inspired by a shot of Kiera Knightly by Vogue in Africa, where they had her in a ruffled linen skirt. So beautiful!

[c] AydensGrace Photography 2011

Towards the end I decided to risk everything and put my precious baby as close to the water as possible without getting wet. O.O So much worry. I used the Live View mode in my camera (thank god) to make sure that the composition was how I wanted it. Thank you Nikon for inventing and then including that on pro-DSLR’s.

This was the second outfit and the shot was done within the first dozen frames or so. Really love Sera in this, she’s so fantastic! It kinda reminds me of a jewelry ad I saw in a magazine once. Meh. I don’t really remember. So much post production in this though. Somehow, between color editing in Lightroom and then moving over to Photoshop for retouching the color profile got screwed up and so I ended up with a very green, very sickly looking image when I finished and tried to put it into JPG format. Four processes later I figured out the problem (sRGB color configuration vs. ProPhoto/Adobe 1998) and now I have this! (Irefusetotouchthisagain)

One of the last images from the day. We lost the sun for an hour or so and this was one of the moments where it was peeking out for .45 seconds. I had Jen on sun spot. She would yell when she saw it, we’d swim over to the point and try to snap some frames in before it dissipated again. Working against light + wrap time + sun = NOT EASY. But it was fun and the image was beautiful. Again, another image that got color corrupted between LR and PS so it took me five edits before I figure out the problem(s) (Two, one with the color profile and one with the working space). Still not exactly sure what went wrong seeing as how I used the same processes for the top two images as these two, but eh, as long as I can fix it I’m happy.

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Zhang Jingna Featured in Elle!

My favorite fashion photographer was featured in Elle Mag Singapore as no. 5 in the top 10 upcoming people !! Whoot!

You need to check her out!!

Check out her tear sheet here:

http://zemotion.blogspot.com/2010/09/elle-10-next-big-thing-oct-2010.html?

Terrrain

Felt the need to blog about this!

From the store chains of Urban Outfitters, Free People, and Anthropologie comes Terrain. Terrain is the store for all of us who want to bring a little outdoors indoors.

The stuff is pricey but coming from her sister stores the quality is par-non, the products are interesting and inviting, and most of all look amazing!

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I wish I looked this Good in Flannel


Wouldn’t it be nice?

Filippa Palmstierna Hamilton, photography by Matt Jones

Fashiongonerogue.com

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Morning Beauty Spread


Some of my favorite images from Vlad Roslyakova’s spread called ‘Morning Beauty’.

FashionRogue.com

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Amazing!

Ah, to have the budget for a shoot that incorporates this stuff!

Swarovski at ShopStyle
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Wear Today Gone Tomorrow

Totally had to blog about this amazing site called WearTodayGoneTomorrow.com .

A place for those who want to wear designer fashion and totally can’t afford it.

Also handy for us photographers who can’t find a stylist on the run…

My faves:



What could be greater then renting at only 10% the retail price?

Backlog: Fashion Alexandria

What I wore for Alexandria Irish Festival =]

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