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.
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
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.