Last month I was invited by my friend and designer/creator, Sarah Bischoff -of Zersten- to help with styling for a photo shoot for her Bantam collection. A day hanging with my designer friend, styling models, and taking behind the scenes pictures all the while, meeting new people and hearing their stories? This is the stuff I live for! So of course I was in! The plan was to meet at Sarah's place for hair and make up at 8 am on Saturday.
When I arrived, our make up artist, Capri Greer, was already hard at work. Sarah was hard at work as the hair stylist that morning. I jumped in and began pairing looks together for the models. Our models that day were Kennedy Guyton, Jordan Hitchcock, Kendall Evans, and Holly Dunn. The plan; to have them all styled in their first look before we left for our shoot location. As I have come to find with photo shoots, hair and make up can take a while. But in the meantime I was able to chat with the moms of the models, as well as Karen Dunn, our photographer for the day. It was fascinating to hear their stories and experiences in the fashion world.
Around 10:30 we were ready to go! We packed up and headed to our shoot location; Camp North End. The weather was on our side for the most part. While it started out sunny, it quickly became overcast. Sounds strange right? But shooting outdoors, that worked in our favor. Camp North End is an interesting place. It is a large venue and very diverse in its' scenery. Sarah had visited prior to the shoot and picked out a few places she wanted to shoot at. Including one rustic, wooden wall -you'll see in the pictures what I mean! We also shot in an industrial/warehouse location, and in front of a huge black and white mural.
Karen, was outstanding. She shot all day long. She directed the models on how to pose, where to stand, how to walk -introducing at least me to what she calls the 'drunk walk' and a pose called the 'pee pose.' Karen also planned ahead and brought along a changing tent for the models to change outfits in. It served its' purpose well!
The models were absolute troopers the whole day! The thing that was not really on our side was the temperature. It was very cold! One thing I want to point out about photo shoots. They are not always as glamorous as the end pictures would have you believe. They typically last most of the day and there is a lot of waiting around in between shots. I say that to bring home the point that while it was cold out, these girls were styled in shorts, crop tops, sleeveless shirts, and skirts. Not once did I hear any of them complain. In fact Kennedy and her mother offered to let everyone sit in their heated car in between shoots. They were so optimistic and fun to work with. They were cooperative and so supportive of each other. In between shots, they huddled together, wrapped up in blankets and shared stories and laughed together.
Now to Sarah. Sarah is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! She and her fiance, Gibson, are so thoughtful and generous. I had seen her Bantam line before at a Sustainable style show. I loved it then. But to see it up close was surreal. It has a very tough, strong feel to it. Her use of similar colors and patterns makes it easy to mix and match almost every piece. Sarah was involved in every aspect of the process. She did the hair that morning, she had the final say in the styling, she helped out with directing the models, she picked the locations, you guys... this girl did it all! And she did it all so graciously. I love her passion for her work. I expect nothing but greatness from her! I am so honored she asked me to be a part of it!
I hope we will have more projects to share with you in the future!
Thank you for reading!
Special thanks to:
Designer: Sarah Bischoff -Zersten: Bantam
Photographer: Karen Dunn
MUA: Capri Greer
Models: Holly Dunn, Kendal Evans, Kennedy Guyton, and Jordan Hitchcock