Yesterday’s shoot was nostalgic and somewhat bittersweet for me . When I first arrived to this city there was a small troupe of talent I worked with on several projects ranging from magazine editorials to accessory ad campaigns , most of that troupe has retired from the industry or went on their own separate paths ( although I’ve retained a close friendship with a few) , but there’s one member of the original roster who has always been consistent and delivers. I’ve always regarded my go to group of choice models as the “Lyons Girls” ( a term borrowed from the iconic Guess? girl campaigns) and every good line up has to include a hot blonde , Katie Stanford filled that position effortlessly . We met during art school and when the opportunities arose , I frequently cast her in several projects where I had freedom as the creative director or was styling. She took a bit of hiatus to start a family but I always held out hope that there would be opportunities in the future to work again.
The opportunity finally came , make up artist Sera Curran & I have developed a great repertoire of collaborations ( for her portfolio and a creative project I’m quietly working on as well) recently so I knew she and Katie would connect well . I also brought back Diana V from the Neil Hamil Agency , we had worked on a magazine editorial last summer and I liked her look a lot so I knew this would a great opportunity to have her back as well. I wanted a vintage endless summery vibe for this session so I pulled swim wear from Nasty Gal , denim cutoffs from Levi’s , and a classic pair of vintage Porshe Carerra aviators.
I shot each model separate and together , they had an organic chemistry and adapted into their looks instantly . I got the shots I wanted for my semi secret project almost immediately , a testament to Katie & I’s solid work history. Then came Sera, who isn’t just an amazing make up artist (she’s also been quietly and quickly mastering the art of photography ) she took the girls from the standard white wall studio space and began shooting them outside candidly and also as models , the photographs came out beautiful and really captured the vibe of …an endless summer of opportunity.