VOL by Julie Thomas Lookbook

One of my favorite projects this year is the lookbook I shot for Julie Thomas's senior collection. She's an amazingly funny and wickedly talented designer whose work ethic and skills are now blessing the design team at Anna Sui. She teamed up with fellow SCAD alumni Kendall Henderson for her branding and art direction to put together the full package for the collection, and I was beyond thrilled to be asked to execute the vision they had. We drove out into the middle of nowhere to a 200-year-old church where our poor models sweated into body suits and wool garments. This will probably also be the only time I stand on top of a church pulpit.

See the full digital lookbook and printed book here (with stunning gifs by Samuel Laubscher)

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Hey, Kitty

Since graduation I've been trying to catch up on sleep in between running around and losing more of it. And I turned 22, which I believe puts me officially into the category of "Young Adult." I've taken a couple of trips with family and friends that I can't wait to show you some photos of, but first here's a fashion shoot that I've kept hidden for a little while.

Melanie here is an absolutely phenomenal model who happens to be a very good friend of a very good friend. When she came to visit Atlanta she helped make an off-the-cuff shoot into one of my favorites. She also got to join in on some Buckhead mayhem and other SCAD fun. 

Like what you see? Get in touch with me to work together on look books, portfolio building, editorials, etc!

Melanie B with OMG and Stephen Archer assisting

  

Melanie Blankenship, OMG Model Management, Atlanta, Georgia, Fashion, Beauty
Melanie Blankenship, Atlanta, Georgia, Fashion, Brittany Wages
Melanie Blankenship, Fashion, OMG Model Management, Atlanta, Georgia, models, blonde, beauty, accessories, Brittany Wages, photography
Melanie Blankenship, Fashion, OMG Model Management, Atlanta, Georgia, models, blonde, beauty, accessories, Brittany Wages, photography
 Melanie Blankenship, Fashion, OMG Model Management, Atlanta, Georgia, models, blonde, beauty, accessories, Brittany Wages, photography

 Melanie Blankenship, Fashion, OMG Model Management, Atlanta, Georgia, models, blonde, beauty, accessories, Brittany Wages, photography

Model Test: Kylie

Here's another lovely girl from Factor Atlanta, Kylie, who we started the shoot with bright and early. She rides horses, so I thought she was awesome even before seeing her in front of a camera, and I think that same poise and confidence is evident in her photos. And her green eyes are absolutely killer. 

Lookin' like a Burberry campaign for Stephen

Lookin' like a Burberry campaign for Stephen

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Behind the Scenes

As you've seen from my last few posts, I've kinda put together a team. It's been a long time since I've shot without Stephen either assisting or shooting at the same time, and the lovely Anya Mathis has become our go-to make up artist. Combined with Big Studio and the lovely girls at Factor, every shoot is smooth, fun, and exciting. We recently shot two editorials together, and even though I can't show you the images yet, I wanted to show off some behind the scenes photos and videos! You may have seen a few already if you follow me on Instagram or Vine.

Videos here (unfortunately as a new app, they don't imbed well) :  

  Prep     Shooting    More Shooting 

Choosing looks

Choosing looks

Caffeine required, as always.

Caffeine required, as always.

Gwen, hat by the Atlanta-based We Are The Process

Gwen, hat by the Atlanta-based We Are The Process

Stephen's lovely model/actress Dominique

Stephen's lovely model/actress Dominique

Anya, Dominique, Me, Gwen, and Stephen

Anya, Dominique, Me, Gwen, and Stephen

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After everyone left, Stephen and I may have spent a while taking photos of ourselves in front of the makeup mirrors (the light is soooo nice!). The whole shoot was so fun, and the images are AWESOME. If you're a photographer, or any other creative, go find your team. You may not be as lucky as I've been the first time around, but keep looking because it's worth it. I would not be creating work like this without each one of these talented and lovely people around me. So thanks y'all for keeping me energized and inspired <3

Model Test: Becca

I had the pleasure a while back of putting together a huge test with new faces from Factor Women, a lovely agency here in Atlanta. 6 models, 2 photographers, 1 MUA, 1 wardrobe stylist, 1 photo assistant, 6 moms, 13 hours, 35 looks, and a bajillion photos taken. No really, I took over 1,400 photos.

Photographers: Brittany Wages and Stephen Archer. Photo Assistant: Brejon Wylie. MUA: Anya Mathis. Stylist: Shreya Sen. Location: Big Studio.

I can't say enough about how absolutely awesome our team was, we couldn't have pulled off such a massive undertaking without them. The girls at Factor were amazing, too: every single girl was friendly, professional, and photographed so well. To start off the blog posts from the day, here's my photos of Becca!

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I wish I could have had a quarter of her confidence in high school. She has a crazy cool wardrobe (stilettos, checkered jeans, mismatched neon socks), and was so excited to MOVE. It was hard to keep up with shooting her before she moved on to the next great pose. At one point she decided to lay upside down in a chair and still kept working her face. She was an absolute joy to work with.

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