A few weeks ago, Nicole over at Sketch42blog posted about her day trip to the Storm King Art Center. Totally inspired, I got in the car with my friend Jaime and we headed upstate to get the last glimpses of Fall.
The Storm King Art Center has over 500 acres of rolling hills and fields, located only 50 miles north of the city. This museum is a true celebration of art and nature. The art is not pretentious nor precious here, even with more than 100 post-World War II sculptures from internationally renowned artists. Nature has a way of leveling the playing field, even bringing the most formidable pieces back down to earth for you to enjoy.
It was a complete honor that Jenna and Cathy asked me to shoot their engagement photos in our hometown of Newport, RI. Jenna and I met on the bus in 4th grade and from that moment on we were best friends. She’s found an amazing match in Cathy and everyone’s excited for the journey ahead for the both of them as they marry next year. These two were complete troopers as I had them scaling rocks and chasing light all across the Island.
Love is SUCH a beautiful thing. Gets me every time.
Last week I got a call from Nicole of Sketch42 to come over and shoot some photos for a fashion spread she was planning for her blog. When this girl comes calling, I drop everything I’m doing….our collaborations are always a treat. This time it was Nicole’s turn to be in front of the camera and I must say…she rocked it.
The shoot was inspired by the bold makeup of the 90s and Nicole’s vision came to life under the genius hands of hair and makeup artist, Anita Sun. The shoot was styled by Nicole and I got to be the person to press the button on the camera.
What I love the most about this look is that it’s fresh and easy and completely modernizes the look of the 90s. Please head over to Nicole’s blog for more photos and for sources. You’re gonna want those American Apparel pants in every color.
Still in Bushwick…Lots of little ghosts waiting on deck during the shoot. Sami takes a load off. The lineup. I’m shooting this while in ghost costume. It took me forever to get my hands free from the endless layers of fabric in that getup. In between takes, I got restless and bossed Sami around to pose for me on ridiculous objects. She’s such a sport and an absolute glammapus. Donald dukes it out for the camera. Rachael’s still fighting with the leading man and leaving him in a huff of glamor. I tell you, heartbreak sells records, people!!!Down in the brickyard….utter gorgeousness. “Hey, Sami, go sit over there on top of that pile of rusty fencing and lean back for me, will ya?” I cannot express how much of a good sport this girl is…total Little Sister Syndrome…I guarantee this has been the scene her entire life- getting dressed up and propped up in places, being the guinnea pig. We love ya for it, Sami! I had a great day with the ladies and the crew shooting for Ancient History. In case you’re wondering, the video has a bit of a love/conflict story juxtaposed with some imagery involving ghosts (yours truly) and a construction yard. I honestly had no idea what the concept and I left halfway through shooting so it will be very interesting to see the finished product. A big thanks to Donald and Ancient History for letting me tag along. Good luck!
This is Donald and today he’s shooting a music video for his band, Ancient History. Rachael is the female lead in the video and her sister Sami and I are there for moral support. Andddd, maybe for a little extra security for her because they’re shooting here today. No hair and makeup on set, but Rachael’s an old pro at this.
Meanwhile, Sami and I get the call. “Hey girls, come and get your costumes”…..say what? Sami and Donnie in ghost mode. The camera dudes were the best. What a genius use of the Gorillapod.
Shooting take number 1000 of the jilted lovers quarrel.
Ghosts Sami and Court are on standby…see what happens next tomorrow. Little ghosts should not be left unattended in a construction depot.
My two favorite sisters, Sami and Rachael. Just a few pics I snapped prior to our field trip to watch Rachael star in a music video for a local band. Brooklyn, namely Bushwick, has a ton of amazing graffiti and interesting industrial back drops.
I always thought it’d be cool to have a sister growing up. Get used to seeing these two, they’re utterly gorgeous and a dream to photograph!
On Day 2, we checked out of the motel and headed back into the park one last time. Luckily, that Monday was the start of National Parks Week and admission was free!
Much thanks for the Dogg family for letting us borrow the whip for the drive out. That thing corners like it’s on rails!
We found a little valley where ranchers used to hide cattle. All the trees were petrified by the wind and sun.
Logan led us through the winding paths of the valley.
And then, the winding paths of the park’s roads. After over 10 years away from 4 wheels, he did a stellar job getting us to our next stop.
Which happened to be the site were Gram Parsons’ (remember? the one from the motel we stayed?) stolen body was cremated.
Gram Parsons died of a morphine and alcohol overdose at the Joshua Tree Inn. His body was to be shipped back to Louisiana for burial, however, it was stolen by friends to comply with his last wishes. Parsons wanted to be cremated and have his ashes spread in Joshua Tree. His friends stole the body, drove it in a “borrowed” hearse to Joshua Tree, and lit it on fire at this very site. And they pretty much got away with it. (Read here)Can you imagine the sight? A blazing fireball in the middle of this.
Moving on…I’ve never taken so many pictures of trees. These Joshua Trees are just so unique.
Here comes the part where I did some exploring of my own. I was looking for a little shelter from the sun and found this awesome cave formed by three huge boulders leaning up against each other. It must have been about 10 feet in diameter and with a 10 foot ceiling. I squeezed through the little entrance and cajoled Logan to join me, not noticing the huge amounts of coyote poop in the cave. Yup, I led us straight into a coyote den….I have zero wilderness instincts. Thank goodness nobody was home!
Taunting lizards. Overall, an amazing trip. Completely mind blowing. Thank you to Logan for bringing me there and making my birthday so special!