I am so proud of Harry Grigsby aka Jon Hope. I have known him for practically nine years and his music career is taking off. He has released two fantastic music videos in the past month. I was lucky to film a "stripped" with him before he becomes too huge! Check out my video with him after you watch his two latest music videos.
Last week I filmed a new "stripped" with Providence based singer/ songwriter Valerie Poirier. I first saw her perform an open mic at The Spot Underground last year. She was singing a Cat Power song and I had to go up to her afterward to tell her I loved her singing. Fast forward to two weeks ago. I saw her when I was shooting at Burritos and Bluegrass at Lola's and reintroduced myself. I asked her if she would be interested in filming with me. Thankfully she was! After our first attempt at shooting failed (it's a long story), we shot last Friday and it was worth the wait. She is so nice and cute and I'm glad to record this video of her.
After a little break I am back with a new "stripped". This one is brought to us by Ben Franklin, a hip hop musician from Massachusetts. We had a photo shoot that day and I thought that we had to do a quick video. Underneath is a sneak peek from the photo shoot.
Last Saturday, Shawn and I had the chance to help out on a look book shoot for PLNDR, a flash sale website created by Karmaloop. I met the woman running the whole thing, Heather, a few days beforehand and asked if there were a few more people needed on the shoot. She said yes we offered to drive. Now at first I thought that the shoot was in Boston since that's where her office is but actually it was in New York. Not only that but we would be needing to bring four other people. Six people in Shawn's Kia Rio5? That made me nervous but there was no way I was missing this shoot. Thankfully two cars were going to New York and we would only have to drive everyone back on the way home.
The photographer Nick flew in from Shanghai the night before so even though he was wicked jet lagged he did an amazing job on the shoot. There were two stylists on the shoot, Cassandra and John. I know and love Cassandra because of doing our first Trunk Show video on her. Once we got there and saw how much clothing needed to be upacked and checked in, I became the styling assistant. It was cool being there and doing something other than photography. It is important to see how all aspects of a production works and understand it so you can appreciate those individuals even more.
It was a denim look book so there were jeans, jackets, button ups, t-shirts, and a TON of footwear all laid out, ready to be styled. There were seven male models for the shoot, all bloggers and editors of magazines. The men were:
I (along with Shawn and everyone else with an iPhone) on the shoot Instagramed throughout the entire shoot. Also there were two different behind the scnes videos being filmed while we were there so when they are released I'll be sure to share them here!
They shot in the studio along with outside on the street so to protect the shoes we had to tape the bottom of the shoes to protect them. It was not fun pulling the tape off.
The KarmaloopTV office is so much fun. There were bikes and a ping pong table and masks all over the place. Ryan and Shawn had some fun with the masks.
Shawn with Jermaine, the editor of Vibe. I cant.
The best onesie. Ever.
Finally it was time to wrap up the photo shoot and head home, stopping for dinner at Rogue first. I was so glad that we got to participate on this shoot and I can't wait to work on more!
Yesterday Zelda Kaplan, the 95 year old fashion icon, passed away. She collapsed at a fashion show and was pronounced dead at the hospital. I wasn't too familiar with her but after watching some short interviews made me fall in love with her. She believed that dressing for yourself and not following trends was the only way to dress. Age does not matter when it comes to great fashion. Just because she was in her 90s it did not stop her from wearing loud prints or giant necklaces or bright colored hats.
Last night while on Twitter a friend of mine posted the trailer to Ari Seth Cohen's Advanced Style, based off of his blog. It is a documentary following a number of women age 50 and up and to me isn't just about style. It's about women who have lived through it all and who feel like their age is not a representation of their heart and how they feel. They just want to represent themselves through their clothing and by doing that, they are at their happiest.
Luckily for us, the Advanced Style blogger also has a YouTube channel with over a hundred videos featuring these fantastic ladies. I found them pretty late last night so I had to limit how many I watched because I could have been up all night watching these women speak on style, confidence, and self-love. I would say I hope to be the woman in the video below when I am her age. If you know me I love women in menswear so of course I think this woman looks amazing. I have to say that these women are the happiest people I've seen in this fashion world. They dress to please no one but themselves but by doing that they bring so much happiness to others. There is definitely something to learn from these ladies.