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Echo ecHOO ECHOO!  what wHATT WHATTT? I can’t hear you because of this echo. I  styled at a huge Armory in Pawtucket, Rhode Island that was built in 1985. I was part of a team working on a three-day-long shoot for a new sister company of Swarovski’s called Chamilia. Sound posed a few challenges for the team, both in communicating with crew and talent as well as trying to record sound. But as you can see the space was way too gorgeous to pass up, so we forged ahead. The director Ernie Schenck brought together inspiring women from all over the world who had amazing stories of how you should live without regrets.

Working with photographer Bruce Gibbs of Cabin46 was so much fun. Bruce is an extremely passionate individual. He had a wonderful vision for the visuals, which included finding this amazing space and pre-interviewing the women to feel out which treasured items that connected to their stories they should bring with them--like the Harley Bike. Bruce brought me on to source furniture and props to help fill out his vision for this beautiful shoot. As well as our video team there, was also a photography crew working nearby on a separate set shooting portraits of the women. There was a lot of coordination between the two teams to pull this off. We had a fantastic producer Dorothy Urlich who made sure we were all happy, fed on time, and had every possible thing we could need to be successful.  Now I’m eagerly waiting to see these beautiful videos once the editing is done.


Busy Lizzy

 Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry's

 Vermont Teddy Bear

Vermont Teddy Bear

 Gordini USA

Gordini USA

Busy-Lizzy. May was my busiest freelance month to date. I love it when my clients keep me so busy I can’t even send out my monthly email on time! Huge THANK YOU going out to all the wonderful clients I had the pleasure of working with during the month of May.

I styled for Seventh Generation and Bobble. I was already a big fan of Seventh Generation and now I’m a big fan of Bobble too. I styled some fantastic gloves/mittens for ads going into magazines for Gordini USA. I styled for Dear Lucy’s editorial advertising campaign at the beautiful Shelburne Farms Inn. All of Dear Lucy’s shoes and bags are gorgeous. I worked on multiple shoots for Keurig Green Mountain; formerly Green Mountain Coffee Roasters -- more details to come once the photos are released. 

 Urban Rhino

Urban Rhino

I did a few days for Gardener’s Supply’s Christmas campaign. Although I’m not on staff anymore they are still showing me the love.  I had a great time styling bears for Vermont Teddy Bear. VTB was my first staff styling job, and they are still showing me the love. I was very excited to work with JDK on a really fun campaign for Ben & Jerry's that will be shown worldwide. And last, but certainly not least, I loved switching it up and styling for a very cool video done with Urban Rhino this month. I can hardly wait until I can share details about it. 

I’m feeling very grateful and humbled by all the great work I got to contribute to in May. Looking forward with excited anticipation to June’s photo and video shoots.  THANK YOU!


So what is it exactly that you do?

 Sample of my styling tool kit

Sample of my styling tool kit

As a photo stylist I’m often asked, “So what is it exactly that you do?” Everything I do is for the camera, before the photo is taken, and voila! -- the results are amazing. But how exactly did the photo get that way?  As a photo stylist I have a creative position. I usually collaborate with the client, photographer, art director and makeup artist to come up with the visual concept of the project. It’s my job to make the product and/or the people, clothing and accessories look their very best in the shot.  Here is a breakdown of what I do as photo stylist at different types of photo shoots.

Prop stylist: A lot of the magic happens prior to the shoot day, when I gather the items needed for a photo shoot.  This can mean renting and purchasing such things as plates, glasses, napkins, décor items, and even large furniture or plants for a room shoot.  I have to have a strong understanding of each shot’s concept in order to be able to gather all the right elements ahead of time.  

 

Tabletop stylist:  I arrange the product to be featured in the tabletop shot. I shine and polish, and do whatever it takes to make the item look attractive. The products I style are often home goods such as vases, flatware, and Christmas décor.  I also often style prepared foods and drinks like cheese, chocolate, coffee, beer and wine.  Prior to the shoot, I rent or purchase props to create an inviting display of the product. 
 

Fashion stylist: I am in charge of the clothing and accessories for all the models on a photo shoot or video shoot. First I steam the garments so that they will drape nicely. Then I pin clothing items to fit, because models vary in size and shape. I watch carefully to make sure the clothing is moving nicely and looks flattering.  When the model’s pose changes, I adjust the garment so it looks its very best. Prior to the shoot, I gather any props or accessories needed to complement the featured garments.