Downton Abbey Inspired Bride

Just before the holidays I did a shoot with Marie Labbancz, Beautiful Blooms, Architeqt Salon and The Wedding Factor, featuring the latter's beautiful Berta gowns.  The regal Madison courtesy of Reinhard Agency.

Lots of great images to share, but in celebration of the new season of Downton Abbey (yes, I'm addicted), I wanted to share these first because they so remind me of the beloved series.  Can't you just see Mary (or even poor Edith) in this?


As seen in: BHLDN styled shoot for 100 Layer Cake blog

These glorious photos were recently featured on  Delectable BHLDN gowns (Tamsin was my favorite) taken at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts by Alison Conklin.  Brilliant styling by Beka Rendell of Styled Creative (and The Styled Bride) - who else would something so cool with a bunch of stools that happened to be lying around?


Stardust Magazine Shoot: School Boys

Admittedly, it's not quite as much of a challenge to do make-up/hair for men.  Usually they just need to be unscruffled a bit.  I had no challenges but so much fun with models Chase Harnett (MAJOR NY) and Jansen Fancher (NEXT) on this shoot for Stardust Magazine.  Photos by Jenna Stamm. Styled by Jessica Figueroa.

Some of the final shots featured in the mag plus, here's a link to the behind-the-scenes video ...


The joy of a beautiful dress....


Oh, the joys of a beautiful gown - I would love to see one of my brides in this Elizabeth Fillmore number (Amelia) we borrowed from The Wedding Shoppe in Wayne for this fun shoot.  Sleek space courtesy of one of my former brides, Kimberly Dixon, who is the sales manager for the over-the-top condos at Pembroke North in Wayne....

Photos: Todd Zimmerman

Hair: Amanda D'Andrea

Bouquets: Ilonka Floral Decorator

Bling: Max Weiner

Model: Lynice

Style Me Easter by Marie Labbancz for Beautiful Blooms

Happy to say that I did my first photo shoot at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center the amazing photographer Marie Labbancz, and it wasn't long before the lovely Easter-inspired photos were featured on Style Me Pretty.  Styling and floral by Maya and team from Beautiful Blooms and very chic hair by Claudia Seyler.  Adorable cake courtesy of Whipped Bakeshop.  Pretty paper by Loveleigh Invitiations. We also did beauty shots for our delicately gorgeous models, Stephanie and Jamie and the results speak for themselves.  Truth be told, it was rather chilly that afternoon and both women were troopers.

You can see the full spread on Style Me Pretty....

Shoot at The Queen, Wilmington

I've been lucky to be involved in a some special photo shoots lately, at locations that were delightfully new to me.  Case in point: my day with photographer Laura Novak, Beka and Kimberly of Styled Creative, and others to highlight the beautiful bone structure of a grand and revitalized theater in Wilmington, DE, The Queen.  And I was thrilled that hairstylist Mike Rossmark was able to join us at the last minute.

All of the drama and textures of this unique venue make it an amazing backdrop for a wedding!  You can see more of these photos on Laura Novak's blog.

Full credit goes to:

Photography: Laura Novak and Jason Thomas

Stylists: Styled Creative

Makeup: moi Hair: Michael Rossmark Gowns: Jennifer's Bridal Accessories: Houppette Venue: Live at the Queen

Shoot with Jenna Stamm: Pretty Macabre

Funny how these test shoots come about.  First, I have an urge to do a doll-like face - photographer Jenna Stamm, as usual, is up for it. Next, I meet Marilyn Cohen, who creates unique, statement jewelry from all sorts of vintage pieces (and is ensconsed at the Van Cleve Collection every weekend).  She is willing to loan us some of her stuff.

I find myself in a Goodwill store in Amsterdam, NY (if you know where that is, you get a special prize) and purchase a velvet jacket with organza inserts.  Although it probably came from an unfortunate two-piece outfit that got up and went to a prom, it will work rather perfectly for my vision.

Mike Rossmark is in for hair....hooray!

Finally, we take on the macabre (love the word so much I'm using it twice) and spectacular work of Beth Beverly of Diamond Tooth Taxidermy.

The best part was that our original model for the shoot didn't show up.  But M.G. at Reinhard Agency came to the rescue and in walked the perfectly beautiful creature, Priscilla, who couldn't have been better if we built her from scratch.

Here's what we came up with ....


Shoot for Hush Salon Philadelphia

I've raved about Hush Salon before on this blog....see my 2009 post.  Carlos and his wife Adrienne just get the whole hair thing perfectly right, and they have a talented team of stylists to show for it. Carlos wanted some new shots for the salon, and of course I jumped at the chance to help out.  He manipulated Gosia's versatile cropped cut a bazillion different ways (a look I'd love for myself, but unfortunately, I have crazy hair on fire).   See more shots here on the Hush site.

Photo by the fearsome, dog-loving and Ducati-riding  Robert Little.

Style Me Pretty Creative

Talk about an adorable pre-holiday spread! Beka and Kimberly of Styled Creative asked if I would do the make-up for a shoot at Trust with photographer Alison Conklin, starring the sparkly Dallas Shaw, a talented fashion illustrator and Ms. Beans (see pink tutu).   Delectable baked goods by Brown Betty (get a load of that polka dot!).  Hair by the wonderful Amanda D'Andrea.  Paper embellishments by Two Paper Dolls.  The folks at Style Me Pretty thought the shoot was.....well....pretty. I've posted some of my favorites below.  Go here to see the full pictorial on SMP - it's delicious!