I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. When hair stylist Wyatt Strand ( @hairdonebywyatt ) contacted me to do a shoot, I was all for it! But here’s the thing: I do self-portraits mainly for my blog. I received news there was going to be a makeup artist coming along as well and realized self-portraits outside or in the corner of my basement bedroom would simply not do. So I sent out the feelers on Facebook, asking for a photographer who was available for the set day and who might have a studio available. Enter Michael Lerch ( @mwlerch ). He’s a relatively new artist with a fine art and writing background whom I’ve modeled for a few times before. His skills improve each time he shoots. Before the actual shoot date, I had no idea who the makeup artist was — it turned out to be the incredible Haley Wight ( @cosmobyhaley, she is so talented and such a lovely person ). Both of the artists who worked on my head met at the Aveda Institute in Portland. They’re quite the delightful and gifted duo!
This is part one of three looks we collaborated on — can’t wait to share more soon!
This coat steals the show every time. I feel like a fancy early-1900’s movie star in it. It’s absolutely wonderful and warm. I’m certain it came from the 1970’s, as it had an old union label. I only feel comfortable in faux fur if it looks REALLY fake. The last thing I want anyone to think is that I support the fur industry. In most parts of the country, there is no reason besides vain status to purchase or wear real fur. It’s deplorable. It makes no sense to continue the fur industry when there are such great faux pieces out there — even vintage ones! Let’s just get past using animals as commodities, why choose to support death when life is a choice? And seriously, I’ve never met a faux fur that isn’t super toasty. I am always so pleasantly surprised by my faux fur vest I throw on underneath my jackets on occasion — it’s a remarkable difference in body heat for me. Plus, when people hug me, they usually want to continue petting my super-soft faux fur.
I wanted the coat to be the center of attention in this outfit, and of course I went with black to achieve it. I have a black turtleneck on with a black gauzy maxi skirt, black opaque stockings and pointy booties.
Wyatt and I decided tousled, side-swept hair would be great for making this look accessible for everyday wear. Haley and I wanted to add warmth to my face, in contrast to the darkness and colorlessness. I’d wear this attire to a fancy date anytime.
How do you think it turned out? Comment below! I’d love to hear more from you!
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