Land of Nod in Domino Magazine

 

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.

Solo Cup Holiday FUN

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.

 

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Tazo Tea

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

Agency: Upshot

 

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Mercedes

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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.

A big thank you to Found Productions from NYC for having me on board.  If you would like to read more about the Mercedes shoot in Chicago, you can read it on Found Productions’ blog.

Photographer: David Maurer

Producer: Found Productions

Hair and Make Up: Jenna Baltes

Wardrobe Styling: Courtney Rust

Honeymaid #ThisisWholesome

This was a special project where Honeymaid casted a real family with an adopted son to be featured in their #ThisIsWholesome series.  The agency wanted to keep things as authentic as possible, therefore I pulled the family’s own wardrobe from their closets.  It’s always a joy to be part of a project where you’re not only part of a production, but you’re also creating keepsake for the lovely people involved.  This family really made the crew feel like we were part of something special.

Production: Public Record

Production coordinator: Anna Barciś
Wardrobe: Courtney Rust
Props: Theresa Poborsky
Food Styling: Qmani Mayonaka
PA: Calin Johnson

Beats by Dre

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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.

Walgreens

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.

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State Farm – Insure your now

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.

A HUGE thank you to Tru Studio for asking me to style both the wardrobe and props for this State Farm advertisement.  Tru Studio is made up of husband and wife photographer team Steve and Anne Truppe.

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900 North Michigan Shops

This project was SOOOOOO much fun to style for the 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago.  I frequent this mall to hit great stores like Space 519, Bloomingdales, J. Crew and Galt Baby.  Therefore, I was very excited to be able to create a body of work that will be used for many years around the mall and for their website.  For this project, I exclusively pulled all the wardrobe, shoes and accessories from Bloomingdales, which is one of my favorite stores to shop for commercial wardrobe assignments since they have a great selection of designers and killer return policy.  Since I knew this series would be published in black & white and on display for up to 10 years, I wanted everything to be timeless, elegant, full of great fabrics and textures.  I loved what LA photographer, Fab Fernandez was able to capture.

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Pretty. Strong. for Oxygen Network

Here are some recent images that I styled (minimally, these girls were great on their own) with photographer Kate T. Parker from Atlanta of the Chicago Bliss football team.  Kate’s body of work focuses on strong women and girls, which she really captures in these pictures.  I’ll have to admit, prior to working on this project I never heard of the Legends Football League that the Chicago Bliss is part of.  These girls are all amazing athletes; many of them are ex Division I college competitors, many of them professional personal trainers, and all of them are incredibly hard workers that train their butts off to play for the Bliss.  You can support these ladies by watching their show on Oxygen, Pretty.Strong or by letting the Legends League know that you want some of the proceeds from your ticket admission to go to these amazing athletes.  You can contact the league directly HERE under support, (these women currently don’t see a dime of the proceeds.)

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