Another holiday season is upon us which means a new holiday collection and artful collaboration.
Moving across the country a year ago came with a huge set of challenges for me. One of which was moving away from my very artistic collaborative partners. I had such an amazing group of artists that I worked with weekly living in Chattanooga. They would all come together to help me pull off a large project for a new collection. Likewise when my HMUA’s, models, and photographer friends needed me to create something for them, style them for one of their up coming performances, or needed some of my jewels for an editorial they were working on I was always on board with a willingness, and a want to help create something truly special. That is just how we did things… Kindness breeds kindness..
Since moving to CA I knew I wanted to rebuild a new collaborative network of artists. But how would I do this… It took years to gather such a talented group that understood my wants and needs and me theirs. It all starts with a conversation really…
I met Laurie Nigliazzo through our children who are in first grade together. Laurie is a floral artist and has a flowers and events business sweetly named “Posy Studios“. After discussing our two talents we decided we wanted to incorporate both into a beautiful collaborative project. Now that we have an idea… it’s time to build a beautiful, artful team.
The next step was to get a photographer on board that wanted to shoot something other than their everyday… When you’re building a collaborative team you need to think of what you have to offer others that will be participating.. After all… they are giving up their time for you. Laurie had a friend that just finished shooting a wedding she provided flowers for. Kassidy’s typical everyday is weddings, so joining our group would give her a new creative outlet and allow her to photograph something completely outside of her everyday. That is how we found Kassidy Love Photography.
Kassidy is such a kind and loving soul. Not only does she photograph life for a living she is Owner/Operator of Dale Dagger Surf tours Nicaragua, and founder of a very special charity called the Sweet Water Fund. The Sweet Water Fund is a grass roots foundation dedicated to inspiring a Nicaraguan village and empowering the local women through job opportunities, a healthy lifestyle and the arts. I am thankful I had the chance to meet and get to know her. If you would like to find out more about Kassidy or her non profit organization Sweet Water Fund please follow links provided.
Next on the collaborative agenda was finding a HMUA team (hair and makeup) and some willing models to be our living dolls for a day..
I knew another mom from my son’s school that teaches students HMUA at a the Marinello Schools of Beauty here in Napa CA. I knew immediately I had to reach out to her to be part of this project. Not because Jessica has a ton of experience doing this type of thing, but because of the kind of person she is. Regardless of experience I find it equally important to request those who you feel comfortable around, have a kind and gentle presence, and work well with others. Jessica is all of those things and has taught students HMUA for 10+ years. Jessica selected some of her top students to assist her in project, and arrived to location excited to showcase their work! Her team included Giosifa Cavalli Taufa, Ariel Cook, and Holly Matfield.
For their very first rodeo of this kind they did an amazing job!
With everything in place I just needed to select the models and we would be on our way to the start of what will become “DOVEY” My 2015 Holiday collection.
Knowing I had several pieces to shoot it made sense to have 3 or 4 models so that the shoot would flow, and we could continue to photograph while HMUA changes were being done.
I have never used Model Mayhem, but know several artist friends that have. Since being new to the area and wishing for models with some experience I created my first casting call. I received several inquiries and selected one model from MM. I also created a post on “The Bay Area Actors, Models, Photographers, and mua’s Network. It is a good source to use if you have a network like this in your area as it creates a wonderful creative forum for people in your profession to connect. I was able to find one more lovely girl using this network. We had two other beauties in our circle of friends and a little 7 year old doll by the name of Alexi! We were ready.
The shoot took approximately 5 hours. We pressed on through dusk and would have continued for a few more wardrobe changes, but unfortunately we were running out of daylight. We were shooting the campaign outside where natural light was a must. Even through this we got some lovely artistic photos of Hatice from the glow of the pool. It was a wonderful idea on Kassidy’s part to use the beautiful pool lighting as a background for one last photo.
I would like to extend a special thank you to Betty’s Girl Boutique for providing us with some beautiful vintage wardrobe options.
If you are looking for a vintage wedding gown or something customized to your own personal taste and style Kim Northrop is a talented seamstress and owner of Betty’s Girl Boutique on Pearl Street Napa CA. Kim will be happy to assist you with all of your vintage wardrobe needs.
It was a truly special day with a wonderful team of artists. I am very thankful to all that gave up their time and came out to be a part of this project.
If you are a photographer, HMUA, model, or visual artist and would like to do a collaborative project with me, please message me the details of your project to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am always looking for new, talented individuals that inspire me with their creativity.
Where to purchase > DOVEY