I know that this is against the blogosphere rules; making excuses for your lack of social media presence, BUT I have a good excuse! Last March we added a little guy to our family (we’re over the moon), which basically took whatever free time I may have had to do anything online with my website or blog. Having two kids under three and working in the world of advertising as a wardrobe stylist is no joke. I’m making it happen, but sadly this asset of my business has become back burner. With that said, I have the lofty goal to redo my website this winter and share new awesomeness. I’m not making any promises because you know, life, but I’d love to make it happen!
I had a lot of fun spending time with a family who lived/worked on a dairy farm in Ohio. I have a whole new appreciation of what it takes to be a dairy farmer. They truly are some of the hardest working individuals out there. Here are some images from the Borden campaign where I did the wardrobe styling. Photography by LA based photographer, Diana Zalucky.
Here’s a new Sheetz commercial where I did the wardrobe styling. I was requested by the agency to duplicate two looks taken from an old Free People lookbook. This seemed simple at first glance. All I needed to do was to go into the 5 Free People locations across the city and look for these items, but of course, nothing is ever that easy. I quickly learned that the images were taken from a previous season and only a couple of the pieces were available in store. I also knew that you never want to be married to one look and not present other options in case the looks didn’t come alive on the talent as the agency originally hoped. This could be due to fit issues or the fact that sometimes, even trained actors, can’t make an outfit look convincing as if something they’d actually wear.
In the end the scavenger hunt was a success. I found a number of items that were near replicas of the original Free People tears in a number of sizes, and other options in case the client changed their minds once the saw it in person. This project is just another great example of making sure you shop for more than what was originally asked of you.
Thank you MK Films for having me on board!
Loved, loved, loved, working on this advertisement for my favorite client for the back cover of Domino Magazine’s January issue. I worked on, as usual, the wardrobe, while Melissa Elias propped the image. The image was photographed by Jennifer Marx and art directed by LON senior art director, Melissa Brower.
My life is now complete! I have styled a SLIM JIM! This project was a little out of the norm for me, which made it extra fun to work on. I got to do things like make 8 cheese balls, turn a Slim Jim into a turkey, make delicious seasonal beverages, and make a votive out of some sticks, glue and plastic all thanks to a product we all love (at least in college), SOLO cups. The video came out really cute. It feels a bit Wes Anderson with hints of the Napoleon Dynamite rolling credits. A big thanks to director Morgan Anderson for having me on board and the agency Zocalo Group. Link to video below, which appeared on Instagram.
More kids I styled with my favorite client, Land of Nod!!! Photography by Siri Berting.
How do you make a tea bag not float for a photograph (I know you’re dying to know!)?? Pennies my friends. You un-sew the bag and add a couple chunks of change, resew, and voila! Perfectly tamed tea bags. When you’re a wardrobe and prop stylist, you gain all sorts of rather useless talents to the rest of the world, but super helpful if you live in the world of still photography.
Photographer: Brian Kuhlmann
Wardrobe: Kit This
Props: Yours truly, Courtney Rust
Styling the wardrobe for a luxury brand like Mercedes means that you really need to focus on the palette, the quality of the fabrics, and the tailoring. All of these things make up what we see for being luxury. Like I do with every job, I like to think about where the buyer of the product goes clothing shopping. You can’t sneak in Target clothing on a Mercedes shoot even if the budget calls for it. The wardrobe had to match the feel of the car. In the end the talent complimented the car and told the story of the type of person that drives a Mercedes.
Photographer: David Maurer
Producer: Found Productions
Hair and Make Up: Jenna Baltes
Wardrobe Styling: Courtney Rust
I’m still counting my lucky stars to be able to work with such awesome people/company. Here are some more recent images where I styled the kiddos’ wardrobe for the Land of Nod catalog.
I was so honored to fly out to Fargo to style the expected #1 NFL draft pick, Carson Wentz for ESPN Magazine. Carson Wentz is a special athlete; he only played football his senior year of high school and is one of the few Division 2 draft picks. You can read more about this prodigy on ESPN’s website, HERE.
When working with pro athletes (or soon to be), it is important to find who they are signed with because the athlete can only appear in that brand. Nike was nice enough to send me a number of jerseys, pants, and shoes. I filled in the wholes at Eastbay, Sports Authority, and Sports Unlimited. Since Wentz is keeping his North Dakota State number in the NFL, I had the jerseys printed “11” locally. The badass matte black helmet was from Sports Unlimited (kind of like the Zappos for sports gear).
This shoot was such a blast! A BIG thank you to ESPN Magazine for having me on board!!!
Photographer: Markus Eriksson
Grooming: Naseem Rafiei
Wardrobe and Prop Styling: Courtney Rust