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Yes, it's been a while since I've last posted. I turned 26 yesterday (though I feel much older) and took the day off so I could pamper myself (spa, coffee & relaxing with a dog) but also to catch up on some photo work.

I took a hiatus through the turn of the year to give myself some breathing room. A couple family deaths, the holidays and moving all while maintaining a full time job and my side-hustle was taking a toll on my health, so I felt like the break was needed. But the sun is shining and it's been a mild February, so I'm bulking up on my Vitamin D and getting back on the saddle.

Back in December I worked with my gorgeous cousin to create a short fashion film for my Mastered class. As difficult as it was, it was a great exercise in balancing moving pictures and . I knew the aesthetic I wanted but truly was just winging it as far as piecing the film together. My goal is to finish the film by March and then start on another look. But here are a few stills from the shoot.

Model: Amy Johnson

Coastal Siren/Urban Lioness: Olivia K in Providence
I recently had the opportunity to shoot with the gorgeous and fierce Olivia Khoshatefeh in Providence. Currently wrapping up her degree at Brown University/Trinity Repertory MFA Acting program, she's been on the search for acting jobs in New York and LA. And though Providence isn't a city quite like either of those fast-paced contenders, it certainly provided us with a wonderful backdrop for a photo shoot with a focus on fashion and glamour. Olivia's amazing makeup (MU by jennairv_mua at MAC Providence... check her out on Instagram!), untamed hair and flowy and sensual Free People dress added to the boho-chic, mermaid magic we created by the water at India Point Park. I've never seen a girl climb down rocks in a dress and wedges before this shoot. Ultimate badass.

After a quick wardrobe change into a number a little more on the wild side, we wandered over to the Financial District and RISD to explore some street-style photos with an urban-jungle twist. I felt a rush shooting with mid-afternoon city traffic behind me and the energy certainly paid off. The more we shot, the more the city fueled us. We were on fire.

This boss lady was an absolute pleasure to work with. To see more of her work, check out her website at

Not Your Mama's Jane Eyre
The original plan for this collaboration shoot with Outloud Theatre was going to be on-location in Newport, RI. We were going to hold our newest collaboration for Jane Eyre in a mansion. I envisioned the shoot to be clean, minimal and wide angled. Pearl and pink and blue shadows. Something different than my usual candid fashion work. However, the plan changed and we were relocated to the theatre space the cast would be performing in in Providence. After I arrived at the space, digested the fact that we were in a fourth floor church loft with no AC, and sensed the heat-stricken low in the room, I decided that we should work with what we had. 

Little make up, minimal costume, let's roll with the sweat. We agreed that, this was going to be the morning after. Don't be afraid to act and get sexy. Let's get to know this struggle. Show me what your character can't show to other people. This direction, so I found, was somehow awakening. Our frequencies matched and it was inspiring. I was quickly told "this isn't your mama's Jane Eyre" anyway.

Shakespearean Sirens: Gender-Bending The Bard
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of taking part in another outstanding show by the super talented ladies in OUTLOUD Theatre. Keeping on trend with their female-led cast and avant garde methods of live performance, OUTLOUD took on Shakespeare's tragic and comedic frontmen and addressed them with a new pronoun. Bending The Bard refreshed the way we look at Shakespeare in gender and attitude and costuming and styling. It's really so impressive to see what this team can do with their shows, especially by taking complex performances and breaking them down into digestible, real and raw pieces of contemporary art. Bending The Bard moves beyond the gender binary and addresses Shakespeare's classics with a transformative new attitude fit for our current age. In short, these ladies kick ass.

I got the chance to work with each actor individually, talking through and photographing their character's defining moments and major moral dilemmas. Because it was a warm day (with really bright sunlight) and our first adventuring outside for our location, it was a challenge to balance capturing the concept and handling the technical aspects of shooting in direct light. Regardless, I was still on a high from my west coast trip, so I felt that the overexposed highlights and soft midtones would reflect the urban/etherial looks I was going for. Thanks, VSCO, for helping me out on this one.

Also, check out this great write-up from WPRO 630's Frank O'Donnell on the show!

Beth as Benedick

Lauren as Brutus

Ari as Ferdinand

Sarah as Hamlet

Erika and Sarah as Horatio and Hamlet

Katie as Malvolio

Emily as Macbeth

Spring Chic: The Casual HBIC
Let's face it, we all deserve a little TLC. Sometimes, that much needed TLC can be found in the fitting rooms of a local retailer. No shame there. Self love and personal style go hand-in-hand. My lovely roommate, Mary, discovered the perks of the Nordstrom Rack nearby and added some finesse to her casual-chic weekend and workplace wear. After showing me her latest finds, I couldn't help but need to photograph the outfit options she put together. Watch out for this HBIC. She and her Aldo d'Orsay pumps are making a spring statement.

Meredith + Jada: Redefining Vogue
As the last part of our MSPCA pet adoption promotion, we met Jada, a 7-year-old Pit Bull Terrier mix and fashion model who naturally loved the spotlight and knew how to work her best angles. Throughout this entire collaboration, I fought so hard not to get attached to the furry friends we met that day, but I honestly wanted to take this dog home with me. Not only was she so sweet and polite, but whenever I hung behind to snap a photo or two during our walks, she would frequently look back at me to make sure I was still there... (when I first noticed that, my heart almost exploded). She and Meredith matched pinks and posed beautifully on the front steps of the original portion of the vet building for an en-vogue look. Meredith is wearing the beautiful Kate Spade dress pictured below which is reminiscent of Jackie O's signature style. For more details on her wardrobe and her Kate Spade collaboration, check out Meredith blog ThoughtfulWish.

A Little Bit Of Spunk And Grace
As a part of our MSPCA collaboration, Meredith Wish and I met Spunky, a 10-year-old Wheaten Terrier who just wanted to play and be loved, and Gracie, an adorably sweet Pit bBull-mix who was lucky enough to get adopted that same day. We romped around the grounds of the MSPCA-Angell campus, played fetch and fed these two love bugs hot dogs. Check out Meredith's blog, ThoughtfulWish, to see how she styled her Kate Spade and Lily Pulitzer For Target wardrobe for the day.