I am having so much fun photographing Flock boutique in Boston’s South End.  We are shooting everything from store front to beautiful detail shots for use on their new website and press materials.  The website is being designed by non other than Jessica Sutton Graphic Design.

Owner Danielle Kupsc, has created a dreamy, whimsical space though one of a kind furniture, handcrafted wall installations and meticulously selected merchandise by Danielle herself.  The clothing, jewelry and home decor selections reflect Danielle’s commitment to supporting one of a kind artists, designers and craftsman.  Every piece has a story.  In fact, the store will be featured in this month’s WWD. (I’ll track it down and keep you posted.)

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We will be doing some additional shots this weekend as the shop installs an amazing mossy wall art.  I can’t wait to shoot it.  Stay tuned for Flock’s full website soon!

Head Shots!

March 5, 2010

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing some head shots for Jessica Sutton of Jessica Sutton Graphic Design (The same talented woman who authors the blog Daucus Carota in which I have previously blogged.)  Jessica and I found each other through the wonderful world of the interwebs and I was thrilled when she asked me to do some head shots for her business.  We had a great time shooting one Saturday afternoon and her adorable dog Oscar got to join in on the fun as well.

Here are some of the photos she choose from the shoot.




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I think we were able to capture Jessica’s creative and artistic personality and I love how she incorporated some of the photos on her “about” page on her website.



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Jessica’s Designs

Jessica describes her design style as “inspired by simplicity, smart uses of color and elegance.”  Her portfolio is vast and very impressive and I was honored to get to work with such a creative, entrepreneurial woman.  Here are some of my favorites of her designs.

The Urban Hound – website design


I love the vivid green and orange colors with the clean white background and brown type, and the darling doggies on each page.


They even to house visits for kitties!  I am going to have to try them for an upcoming trip we have…maybe they can get Magnolia back into shape a bit.  Girlfriend has got some winter hips on her.


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Jeannie Vincent Makeup Artistry – logo, website and collateral design

I love that Jeannie’s signature is her logo, and I love the simple white on black thick business card.  Jeannie also did Jessica’s make up for our photo shoot.

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Makeup Etc. – logo, collateral and store graphics design

She has even had clients as far reaching as Dubai.  www.makeupetc.ae (full site coming soon)

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I haven’t played with you all in quite some time. I can’t wait!

As a graphic artists and photographer I am always looking at the power of fonts and images, in magazines, on buildings, menus, and brochures.  I can’t stop looking and analyzing what works, what doesn’t and what I might want to use.  Take for example the dreaded Papyrus font.  Even if you don’t know it, you know it.  It is everywhere, and as my husband can attest to, it drives me nuts.


Well, I was flipping though my March 2010 Vanity Fair the other night and just fell in love with this photo of two female Disney artists touching up a studio lot sign.  Aside from their impeccable dress and hair, I love love love the studio lot sign.  It is that same sanserif, modern font I have obsessed about in the past.  The article that follows, “Coloring the Kingdom”, is about the scores of female artists needed to ink and paint the hundreds of thousands of cells used to create full length animated features like Snow White, Pinocchio and Fantasia.  Basically, they were the cogs and wheels that made the Disney machine of 30’s and 40’s run.  The speed and detail demanded of them was amazing.  Definitely go check it out.

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Art Deco Around Boston

While walking around downtown Boston with my camera the other day, and with the Vanity Fair article fresh in my head, I found myself drawn to more fabulous 30’s and 40’s Art Deco details that seemed to pop up all over.  The details in the buildings of that time period are wonderful.  Simple directional signs with shiny, gold style.  Just look at the craftsmanship!

Love how the “Push” sign is integrated in to the bar of the revolving door.


Sanserif stairway sign


Almost an organic feel here for the directory board.


The details kill me, these feel Egyptian inspired.



Look at this ridiculously gorgeous fan patterned air vent!  Too much.

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Art Deco/Hollywood Regency interiors – modern interpretation

The famous interior designer Kelly Wearstler is known for her “Hollywood Regency” style of interior design which veers more into the 50’s, but is very much based on the Art Deco style of the 30’s and 40’s.  For Christmas, my wonderful sister-in-law gave me Kelly’s new book Hue and it is chalk full of her wonderful opulent style.  I love it.



True to the title, the interiors and photographs are arranged in hues, but not just any hues.  Hues like, cerulean, tourmaline and peridot.  No such thing as boring blue, green and turquoise for Kelly.


Here are some of my favorites.  I don’t know if I could live in them.  I am a little more minimal in my approach to interior design, but these are still fabulous and interesting spaces.

Great Vignettes



Bone flatware, creepy cool way to eat a meal.




Bergdorf’s dinning room…much more my way eat.



Scans and photos of the book by me.



I’m Leaving Las Vegas

February 6, 2010

I am sooooooooooooooooooo happy to be home and finished with my trips to Las Veags for the year.  Vegas for 6 days at a time and twice in three weeks is enough to make even the most avid fan long for “normal” life, and as someone who is not a huge Las Vegas fan, I am thirlled to be home to say the least.  A big part of my work for The QUIKRETE Companies over the past few years has been to design and help set the trade show booth for their national trade shows, and more often than not, these trade shows are held in Las Vegas.  It is great creative and rewarding work but also long and tiring.  This year I was determined to not let typical Vegas, trade show, stressful logistics get me down.  I decided to use my camera for more than just photographing the trade show goings ons and in turn I was able to look at the city in some different ways than previous years…meaning more that just stress and hate :)  (Although a quick weekend visit by my darling husband on my second trip also helped immensely.)

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Vegas


“I’m Leaving Las Vegas”

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Not exactly Paris…

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The Nevada Mountains

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The Wynn Las Veags

Both business trips I stayed at the Wynn Las Vegas, and of all the placed I have stayed in Las Vegas over the years, it is my favorite.  It is the most “non-Vegas-like” casino or hotel.  Don’t get me wrong, it is still totally Vegas, but I think the whimsical, pop art feel of the place appeals to my artistic sensibilities.  No knights or pirates just some funky art installations.

A giant animatronic frog would appear 2-3 times a night overlooking the waterfall and “Lake of Dreams” (the Wynn’s name, not mine) The Frog would alternate singing Jimmy Durante and Garth Brooks.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  There were other performance type art shows like this through out each evening, some a little more trippy that others, but the frog was my favorite.


I think what made me enjoy my stay at the Wynn so much was the service.  Everyone who worked there was friendly and polite.  You got the feeling they actually enjoyed their job.  The woman whom I had spent about 2 hours on the phone with one day, changing and correcting over 40 room reservation for our group, had this amazing chocolate sculpture of the Wynn sent up upon my arrival.


Any my darling hubby came out for the weekend to keep me company and go out to dinner.  Friday night we went to dinner at the Daniel Boulud Brasserie in the hotel.  Since my Hermes post and watching hours upon hours of the HBO series Rome. I have been obsessed with braids.

Boston Proper dress in navy (Best packing dress ever!  Their stuff can be slightly cheesy and boobielicious but you can also find some great stuff there), YSL heals, Anthropologie Bib necklace, The Ruby Door earings.

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I spend one entire evening popping in and out of all the drool worthy shops at the Wynn including Chanel, Dior, Cartier, and Alexander McQueen.

Look what I saw in the Alexander McQueen shop!


Doesn’t it look just like the red and black vintage fur I saw in Barcelona?  I wonder if Alexander McQueen himself had been to that shop and was inspired…

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Trade Shows

So the real reason I was in Vegas for all those days and nights was to direct in the QUIRKETE booth set up for the International Builders’ Show and the World of Concrete.  Now, this blog is not meant to be about my commercial work with QUIRKETE.  In fact, this blog is meant to be a creative and inspirational outlet outside of that work, but the redesign of the booth and preparation for the shows has pretty much consumed me for the past three months, so I had to share a little bit of what I have been doing.


INTERNATIONAL BUILDERS’ SHOW



Filming some TV segments for HGTV


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WORLD OF CONCRETE

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50% Recycled Material Concrete Mix – very cool to have been a part of the package design of this awesome product.

I just had to make a little concrete art.

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And now home!  So glad!


Vintage Spain!

December 7, 2009

Barcelona is without a doubt one of the coolest cities I have every visited.  The level of design in that city is truly beyond anything I have ever seen.  From the logos and fonts used on store fronts to the Gaudi architecture along the Passeig de Gracia.  There is a design and style that is truly unique to Barcelona.  We found some really amazing shops in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona.

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Blow by Le Swing

This very cool vintage clothing shop on Calle Doctor Dou.


As Judy at Atlantis Home noted, this coat and jacket belong together…looks like they found each other in Barcelona!


The owner told me these navy blue satin Christian Louboutins were off the runway and never actually produced.  They even had the name “Gisele” written on the inside…I wonder…Too bad I couldn’t zip them over my calf.  Definitely a Cinderella moment more form the Step-Sister’s point of view.



Edward Scissorhand gloves!


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Scarf and fabric weaving artisan shop

Love how they display the scarves

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Against – MidCentury Furniture

I went nuts in this furniture store.  I guess they are not technically antiques, but to see actual Mid-Century modern pieces and not Design Within Reach reproductions was very fun.

A Barcelona Chair in Barcelona!


Saarinen tulip chair in black


More great displays


You want egg? (inside family joke :) )


Lovely Ceramics – very Jonathan Adler-esque


Chrome candle holders

We got a few of these fun chrome candle holders.  You can add and stack them in many different configurations.  We figured they were the perfect honeymoon treat.  One we would always have in our home to remind us of our wonderful trip.  The tag said “Nagel”, which I assume was the designer but have not had much luck finding information upon my initial web search.


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More Photos of Barcelona

Gaudi Architecture – Casa Milà, or La Pedrera


I can’t believe he was doing this beautiful biomorphic stuff in the early 1900’s.  What a visionary.


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We also go to enjoy some time with friends who live in Barcelona.

(L-R) Rodrigo, Steve, Me, Justine, and Avery


Cerveza

Irish Coffee

Lovely Dinner

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It was an amazing honeymoon, and that was just Barcelona!  More to come…



JEFFREY LYLE SALON update!

October 19, 2009


Much is happening over at the Jeffrey Lyle Salon.

Signs are going up, walls are coming down and the new

Jeffrey Lyle Salon Web Site has launched!

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It is so exciting to see the virtual home of the new Jeffrey Lyle Salon up and running.  I designed the site to reflect the clean and sophisticated feel of Jeffrey’s over all vision, while pulling from the inspiration board used in the development of the logo.

Working on this project and with Jeffrey has been such an amazing creative experience, from meeting Jeffrey and hearing about his aesthetics and vision to meeting the rest of the Jeffrey Lyle Salon team and working on the logo, website, photography. It has been a dream to have so much creative input from top to bottom. Along with the design of the logo and website, I contributed some of the photography and copy writing. Please go over to the site, check it out and let me know what you think.

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Home Page

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Some of the other pages

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I am working away on completing the design of the Jeffrey Lyle Salon web site .  With the direction of Jeffrey and programing of Roy Soto we are almost there.  I cannot wait to share my design with you all, but for now this website place holder will act as a little teaser.

More to come soon!

JeffreyLyleSalon.com

I am so thrilled to announce the opening of the JEFFREY LYLE SALON!  A few months ago I did some head shots for Jeffrey, and a few weeks ago he contacted me to design a logo and branding strategy for his new salon opening on Newbury Street in Boston.

Jeffrey is one of the most talented hair stylist in Boston (he has won Best of Boston for 5 years in a row now), and certainly the best hair stylist whom I have ever seen.  My friend “got me in to see him” when I first arrived in Boston and I have never been happier with my cut and color, and I have spent some serious time in the salon chair over the years.

Jeffrey’s style is crisp, clean, sophisticated and modern, so I took inspiration from all those mid-century mod, san-serif, metal lettering businesses were so fond of in the 50’s and 60’s.  Very Mad Men with a twist.

My Inspiration Board

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We went with a very simple design using Futura font and some 3-D effects.  I think it perfectly reflects the elegant yet modern look Jeffrey wanted and will look amazing when we do the metal lettering for the Salon signage.

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I’ll update with more signs and photos as Jeffrey remodels his new salon space!

Headshots!

August 18, 2009

A few weeks ago I did a some head shots for the very talented hair stylist Jeffrey Lyle.  Jeffrey was just named Best of Boston – Blondes for the 4th year in a row!  His talent has also recieved press in InStyle, Lucky, the New York Times, and the Improper Bostonian.

Jeffrey was great fun to work with as he has a not only has a fantastic sense of  hair, color and fashion styling but personal style as well.

Below is one of the new head shots featured on his website.  Jeffrey is at Emerge Salon on Newbury Street

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