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!
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
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
I’m excited to announce that I’m now a proud member of Union 476!!! Around 5 years ago a lot of the production houses in town that I used to work with all went union, which meant I could no longer work with them. Since then, I have still been able to work on a number of television commercials with a temporary permit, but not nearly as many as I would have liked since I wasn’t a member. This opens another door to a number of exciting projects.
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.
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.)
Anyone else a big fan of Arrested Development? How about that Lucille Bluth?
She was my classy/worldly older woman inspiration for styling one of the actors for this project I did for the Field Museum with the super talented photographer, Taylor Castle last spring.
Here are a couple of other fun shots from the campaign.
Disclaimer: No selfie sticks were present. These selfies took a crew of around twenty people.