For the like thousandth time, I will say it again- my favorite thing about blogging is the people it has introduced me to. Blogging has introduced me to some amazing, creative people who have inspired me and pushed me creatively. Today's post is dedicated to a creative collaboration with DC area photographer, Stephen Creative Lab aka @ayostephens on Instagram.
Stephen and I collaborated on a vintage inspired creative shoot. I appreciated that when we were planning the shoot, Stephen asked me if I had any certain styles or themes I wanted to explore or try. We decided on a vintage theme, and Stephen located Ari's Diner in Ivy City, for a great backdrop to match the vintage theme. I also had a vintage 1950's cocktail dress and mink stole I found at Halcyon Vintage in Richmond, VA I had been holding onto for a few months for the perfect opportunity, and this was it. To enhance the vintage look, Illusions of Georgetown stylist Josh Le created a vintage pin-up hair style specially for the shoot.
After shooting at Ari's Diner, we moved to the streets and Big Chief to finish out the shoot. The great thing about collaborations is seeing how other people work and learning from them. I liked that Stephen was so willing to talk and throw ideas off each other during the entire shoot, which resulted in a great working environment.
When I saw the final photos, I loved how what we created told a story. To me, it told a story of a stylish woman who identifies with a 1950s persona trying to relate to modern times, which I sometimes identify with. I am forever inspired by vintage everything and If I were to choose a decade to live in, it would totally be the 1950s. I have always found the 1950s to be glamorous and lively, and I so wish I could go back in time for once, to experience it.
Thank you, Stephen, for capturing this visual story, which has an underlying realness. You captured this vision better than I could have imagined. Thank you Illusions of Georgetown, Josh Le, for the vintage hair style specially for this shoot.
See more of Stephens work on Instagram at @ayostephens.
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