Behind The Lens: Modern Vintage

At the end of March, I was able to finally bring the photo shoot of my dreams to life thanks to an amazing group of incredibly talented individuals. When I say that this was the “photo shoot of my dreams,” I’m not joking. I’ve been dreaming up this concept since I was in high school. My best friend at the time—who is now an amazing ceramic artist working in Wilmington, North Carolina—and I were both obsessed with Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. We’d wear pastel ribbons around our necks and drive down the streets of our small hometown with the film’s soundtrack blaring through my car’s open windows.

Since I couldn’t fly to Versailles to do an on-location shoot—wouldn’t that have been amazing?—or rent an expensive studio space, I did what every thrifty photographer does: transformed my tiny living room into a studio space fit for a queen. (Well … maybe not a real-life queen, but you get the point.) I shoved all my furniture to the far corner of the room, put up a brand-new set of curtains along with my favorite almond-hued backdrop and … voilà! C'est magnifique!

This photo shoot would not have been possible without the help of my incredible team. Each and every one of them brought something unique and truly vital to this project. They also filled my apartment with music, laughter and pure joy!

The Model: Taylor
Working on this project allowed me to meet Taylor, who is one of the most talented, thoughtful and thoroughly professional models I’ve ever had the pleasure of photographing. She drove all the way from Greensboro for our early morning shoot, and she came prepared with killer poses and looks to die for.

The Stylist: Melissa de Leon
I sometimes find it difficult to explain just how amazing Melissa de Leon is, both as a friend, a fellow #GirlBoss and a stylist. The word “amazing” honestly doesn’t do her talent justice. Melissa is the only stylist I’ve ever worked with who intuitively knows my photography style and picks outfits and accessories that perfectly complement the vision for each project we work on together. She even hand-made a gorgeous headband that took center stage in some of the images from this editorial!

The Clothing: Raleigh Vintage
Most of the pieces Melissa curated for this editorial were hand-picked from Raleigh Vintage. Andi and Isaac were so generous in lending us several stunning pieces from their collection of jaw-dropping vintage clothing. From a gorgeous wedding dress circa 1930 to one of the most stunning gowns I think I’ve ever seen in person, each piece fit seamlessly into my vision for this project. If you’re ever in Raleigh, make sure to stop by their gorgeous brick-and-mortar studio space!

The Assistant: Megan
Melissa’s lovely assistant Megan captured so many fun behind-the-scenes images from our photo shoot. She even caught my cat, Astrid, checking out the set! She was trying her best to be the purrrfect styling assistant. (Yes, that was a corny joke, but all my fellow Cat Ladies out there will appreciate the humor!)


Be on the lookout for more images from this shoot in an upcoming blog post! (And you know I’ll be posting plenty of these gems on my Instagram and Twitter accounts as well.) I’m so excited to hear what you all think of this set of images.