#BTS The House with the Wallpaper

I passed the driveway to the house the first time. I knew the address was close and so I had brought my speed down to a pace that I could read the addresses. Actually, not so much addresses but the sequence of numbers country homes are given to identify themselves. A long time ago, someone who knows more about country living than I do referred to these numbers as the “emergency number”. I guess that means it’s the number the ambulance or fire truck or whatever emergency service uses to find the right house. The thought of it makes me feel even more isolated out here than before, the isolation both inviting and overwhelming at the same time. I reverse, no need to take the time to turn around on this empty road, and pull into the driveway that is so obvious now - I don’t know how I missed it. Perhaps subconsciously, it was the large looming sign boldly stating  “NO TRESPASSING” that caused me to mind my own business and drive by, I can’t be sure. I follow the winding dirt road and come up to a large house taking in the view from the gradual climb up the road - I could not see the house from the road, however, in polar opposite, I can see for my miles from the house. 

I unload my bags (and bags and bags and bags) and set up in one of the numerous living rooms. I find some time to wander the house before we start shooting and quickly find myself realizing how expansive the house is - previously deceived by what appeared to be a modest sized home from the outside. Passing through, from room to room, I feel the need to know who decided that the interior needed to look like this. Wallpaper blends into more wallpaper, the drapes matching the wallpaper (how?!) statues mounted to the wall; it’s floor to ceiling patterns with thick velour carpet running from one end to the other. I can feel the electricity, layers of  history like each person who has walked the halls left a little piece of their energy and it now vibrates through the walls. A home with this much character must have an interesting story, and here we were, about to add another page to the book. I take a moment to appreciate the overwhelming feeling of gratitude I have to experience such unexpected and interesting moments in my work day. “Another day at the office” I mumble to myself as I vaguely also wonder what stories go along with this property.  


It’s time to start shooting and I meander back to make my final adjustments to the models before we start. I’m taken downstairs into yet another livingroom (!!) and the photoshoot begins. Everything seems to culminate together and the models, now dressed, mould into the home naturally like long time residents, emanating the energy I had felt before. It’s vibrant and everybody seems to be feeling the creative spirit that has been awakened. For me, the house has become a character of its own, front and centre with the models, posing and smiling, using its best angles. Times like these resonate with me the strongest, when I realize how special the moment is and how that moment influences the final images so greatly; they’re sure to have a personality of their own, just as the house that they were captured in does. 


Behind the Scenes

with Photographer // Warren Rynkun

MUAH // Jennifer Reyes

Models // Mackenzie Huberr + Aiko Mare Gonzales from Elite 

Styled by Me


#BTS IN THEWOODSWOOD ARCTIC CAMPAIGN

The Devil is in the details. We’ve all heard this before, but there is no mistaking the value of this phrase when delved deep into the day or days of a campaign or catalogue shoot. At least we managed to have a little fun. PS Reuben used to be a street performer so we got a surprise performance after wrap up. 

WOODS ARCTIC 

Model // Reuben McKechnie

MUA + Hair // Venessa Baudner


 


#BTS Pastoral Fantasia

Whether we like it or not, there’s always a primitive motivation for what we do. A reason for our actions, subconsciously hidden within the depths of our complexities. Some believe that we are constantly coming to terms with our modern world, separated so far from where we came generations ago, when we were closer to nature, when the background was quieter, when work was connected to the land, when music was the wind, when entertainment was each other. For me - fashion is and always will be mixed with psychology and feeling. We wear that because it makes us feel this way, we believe ourselves to be a certain something and so we dress a certain way, we want people to understand who we think we are and so we show them through our clothing, expressing without words, letting our exterior translate what is going on inside our interior. This editorial plays on the idea that we are all striving to be grounded, working towards being less complicated and more connected to our roots. 

And it’s also the first time I’ve worked with professionally (and impossibly adorable) trained animal (“actors??”).

Here’s some behind the scenes with models Alyssa Tisdale and Olivia Vlaminck from Anita Norris Agency, Photographer John Oz with assistant Dax Verona, Makeup Artist Erin Wheatley and Hair Stylist Samantha Wilson.

Styled by me of course. 


Cock a doodle doo

And there’s more 


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