Now that my new collection “FREEDOM” has made it’s debut I would like to take a minute and show you what went into creating this very special and unique line.
As many of you know custom jewelry, and vintage bridal is my specialty, but like all of you I to get bored with my work. That is how I was feeling when this collection came about. I wouldn’t say I was bored with designing custom jewelry but the materials I was using were beginning to loose their inspirational power. I love working with Swarovski because of the sparkle, German filigree because of the intricacy, but sometimes we all need a change. That is how I was feeling at the time “FREEDOM” came about in my mind. I wanted to put down the evening gown and sparkle, and create an everyday line that you could throw on with a T-shirt and jeans!~
First thought…. What materials will I use to make that happen. Seeing that the bohemian/gypsy vibe was in charge this season I wanted to create something that was with trend but also timeless. Natural materials were calling my name. I started to search my usual vendors looking for beautiful turquoise in all shapes and sizes. However I did not want to stop there so I began to seek out other materials that gave me the feeling of casual freedom, effortless style, and the bohemian vibe I was wanting to create. I decided on beautiful corals, agate, jasper, aquamarine, buffalos teeth, bone, horn, a mix of metals and textiles I have been eager to incorporate. Here is a small sample of materials I chose to use.
Once the materials were selected I started to think of who I wished to be part of my team and help bring the vision I had in my head to life. I have worked with so many talented people since moving to TN so how would I choose? The answer was simple… To make it truly special, and just a little sentimental I wanted to use EVERY girl that has modeled for me since moving to this beautiful, natural location that I live and have grown to love. That is EXACTLY what I did along with adding a few new faces!~
If you are in the fashion industry you know that unless you have a fat wallet, or major connection to someone in the industry it is difficult to pull off a high fashion photo shoot that requires hair and makeup, several great photographers, 10 plus beautiful models, and a killer exotic location that fits the theme of the collection you are trying to capture. It is difficult but not impossible… I have learned over the years that building a great collaborative network of artists that compliment what you do as well as your work complimenting what they do is not just important it is a make or break to pulling off a shoot of this magnitude with a very small budget.
In total we had 11 models, 3 hair stylists, 3 makeup artists, 3 photographers, and a 6 member film crew all giving up their time to be part of this very special collaboration, as well as several friends that came to assist with set up, and be part of the backdrop. The shoot took place at the Pocket Wilderness in Dayton TN. It is a magical little pocket “our exotic destination” where Mother Nature takes center stage right outside of Chattanooga!~
We created a makeshift gypsy camp for a more authentic feel to the summer music festival, free spirit concept we were hoping to capture.
We were fortunate enough to have EVATT&BLOOM join our team last minute.
They came to film what happens behind the scenes as well as some short clips of the girls hula hooping, eating fire, and strolling through the wilderness.
The film footage will be used to create a promo video/short film to promote my new collection!~
Several of the models brought their additional talents and expertise to assist and help bring shoot together.
Jessica Eubanks – Model/MUA/Wardrobe Stylist
Bexy Ribeiro – Model/Fire Performer/Vocalist/Trumpet Player
Here’s Cali sneaking a shot with me in the background. She’s always on point!~
This is Bonnie Hill. She is based out of Chattanooga TN. I am eternally grateful for this one!~ Bonnie and I have worked together on several projects. She is a truly amazing photographer…
Bonnie has a vision of how she sees the photo that is uniquely her own and has the ability to easily transition from newborn and family, to wedding day, to high fashion.
Sifting through her photos it would appear that all of her subjects were professionals. That is because Bonnie knows what she wants to see behind the lens and has the ability to direct her muse of the day and capture them in a way that appears as if they have done it a lifetime.
Aaron Woodall was another one of the amazing photographers on set, and is based out of Knoxville TN. This project was the first opportunity I’ve had to work with Aaron. Aaron will climb mountain like boulders, and hang over the side of bluffs to get his shot. That in itself is pretty impressive!~
Bonnie snapped this one at the end of the day with Aaron and the girls!~ Unfortunately only 1/3 of the crew made it into this shot. I have so much love for this gang, as well as the girls that had to leave early do to other engagements, and were unable to be a part of the finale. April Phipps-McCuistion, Tiffany Merriman, Bexy Ribeiro, Jill Calrk.
To view my entire FREEDOM collection please follow the links below.