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!
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.
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.
This was a super fun shoot with the uber talented Chicago photographer, Marcus Smith for Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. We shot Australian rugby superstar, Matt Giteau at a gym near Notre Dame. I knew going into prepping this project that this was going to be shot in black and white, therefore it was all about texture and sheen. Shopping for athletic wear is often a challenge because everything is covered with logos, and even though in this digital age it’s an easy fix in Photoshop, you’ll be doing everyone a favor by finding items with minimal logos. The surprising best place to find such sportswear is Kohl’s and Target. You can hit the obvious choices like Sports Authority and Dick’s Sporting goods, but most things will contain some kind logo on them. Fit is also a key element in sourcing athletic wear when you’re trying to capture motion. In styling print you always have the crutch of pinning wherever the camera doesn’t see to get the perfect fit, but when trying to capture movement, you want the apparel to fit properly so that the movement of the fabric during the stills looks realistic, not pulled. This means that you need to bracket sizes and buy multiples of each option.
This was part of a series Marcus did for Beats by Dre. You can see more of this series on his website, here.
Here are two separate campaigns where I styled the wardrobe for Walgreens, photography taken by Kourtney Sellers. Kourtney is one of my favorite people to work for because her of work ethic and positive attitude. She sets the tone for her crew, which I really value.
The beautiful prop styling you see in the first three images was done by my fellow stylist friend, Rebekah Wiest. I do often get asked to do both the wardrobe and prop styling, but a project like this is much more involved then it appears. Filling in rooms to make them look “lived in” and dressing 30 people (there were more images with talent than shown here), requires two different stylists, and a couple of assistants and a hell of a lot of shopping. More often than not, projects are too large for one stylist to handing both wardrobe and props. It’s often best to have your stylist focusing on one task and making sure it’s absolutely perfect.
It is always so fun to collaborate with a creative mastermind like the photographer Taylor Castle. I love that this image was inspired from the 90’s one hit wonder, “What if God was one of us,” twenty years after the fact. Lucky for us, we know a DJ that looks a hell of a lot like Jesus and was totally game to be like one of us and pose in front of the TV for this angelic photograph. A big thanks to Chicago prop house, Propabilities for the sweet props, and retoucher Brian York for the making it so I didn’t have to create a set that looked like a sky, rather just a couple of fluffy clouds that Brian could manipulate in post. Great job, team.
If you were to ask me what makes me the most excited about a particular project, my answer would be the people. Honestly, what we are photographing and who it is for isn’t what gets my engine going. If you are working with a great photographer who hires a hard-working/awesome crew, the project always ends up being fun and rewarding no matter what you are photographing. This really held true for this project.