By now you’ve seen my posts about previous work with Jessica Brown’s beautiful Ivy and Aster including their runway show during bridal market in September and their 2015 Bridal Lookbook and Campaign that I photographed in October and that was recently published in magazines across the country earlier this year. In November I had the pleasure of working with them again on their bridesmaid line. Earlier this week I shared with you a peek behind the scenes, now here is a little more…
For this shoot we worked with Eli of Wilhelmina Models. We first had the pleasure of working with her during the runway show and Jessica knew she was the perfect person to be the face of this collection. In addition to the fantastic hair she was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was a total professional and aside from the joking and the dance parties behind the scenes (and eventually on set), as soon as she walked in front of the camera she was on, and it was impressive to see.
One of the big reasons that Eli was the perfect fit was that she is beautiful in a way that is not often seen in fashion. She is sexy and beautiful in a joyful kind of way. She exudes an infectious and genuine happiness that comes across in the images, and that is something that cannot be faked in photoshop.
From a personal standpoint I was excited to work with someone who didn’t look like anyone else. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is one of the most diverse places that I have ever visited or lived. I was surrounded with different cultures and ethnicities and was captivated by the beauty and the intricacies of the variety. It wasn’t until I moved away to college that I realized that the rest of the world is not blessed with that diversity or the opportunities that it brings. I was raised that there can be beauty in just about anything, and that often our differences are the things that are most captivating. There has been a lot of criticism of the fashion world and its startling lack of diversity. It’s exciting to work with a client who embraces diversity for her collections, and by doing so and chooses the right girl, rather than just the accepted ethnicity. This reminds us that beauty has no defining ethnic characteristics and neither does her target market. Women from every walk of life get married, they all want to have their friends around them, and they all want to feel beautiful. Why should they feel excluded by the people offering to fill this need because of the color of their skin?