Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Good Housekeeping/ Grilling

Photography: Kate Mathis
Photography: Kate Mathis
Photography: Kate Mathis
Photography: Kate Mathis
Photography: Kate Mathis
Photography: Kate Mathis
Photography: Kate Mathis
Photography: Kate Mathis


It's Summer, It's time to throw one on the BBQ, A steak that is! Summer has certainly hit NYC, with the Air Conditioner going round the clock already, The city always comes alive over Summer, I always feel like having fun but fainting at the same time! For a Stylist beating the pavement for Props is a hazardous activity, fluids is the key, iced lattes all round! 


For the Jun issue of Good Housekeeping we shot a Grilling Story, I got to work with a very swollen Kate Mathis, Congrats on baby Scarlet who entered the world just a couple of weeks ago! Kate being the trouper she is was working right up until Scarlet's birth just about and low and behold is shooing another GH story with me tomorrow! 


The mood for the story was determined to feel outdoors of course, a little hard to do in end of winter, beginning of Spring when we shot the story, but by using dappled light through glass and plenty of foliage in hand to help create the illusion. We wanted to give the story and everyday casual feel, a sweet nod to some Americana, something I always love to do since my BBQ experience as a child consisted only of Fosters and Shrimps on the Barbie!, I say this tongue in cheek of course! ; )   

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Country Strong, A Stylist meets Littleton

Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay


Photography: Marcus Hay


It’s funny how work will just deposit you in a place that otherwise you may never have visited in a lifetime. Littleton, New Hampshire feels like one of those places.
Littleton is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA, The population was 5,928 at the 2010 census. It is a town I have visited a few times in the last year as one of my client’s “Garnet Hill’s” headquarters and studio are nearby. I have to say being largely a “city boy”, the area feels remote. You could probably walk one end of the town to the other in about 20 minutes. I like to stay close to town because beyond it feels even more like a wilderness and you don’t know what’s out in them woods! : ) It’s very quiet and sleepy and to be honest coming from Manhattan, New York City, It could not be anymore different!

I like to try and find inspiration in every place I visit and I have to say even though the pace is slower there is plenty here. I do feel a bit of a stereotype wandering around with my I Phone and Hipstamatic application in hand snapping old weathered exteriors and abandoned trucks, dodging weird stares from locals and dogs barking if you get too close but I was determined this time to capture a part of it as I see it through my eyes.

The great things about old towns is there is old things, some would turn up their nose but things can also be in disrepair and yet I find beauty in that, You see surfaces and textures on walls that us city folks will pay $350 to rent for a photo shoot surface that is 4x4 feet and here you see it everywhere! As a Stylist from somewhere else who caters to many Americans whose everyday life this is, visiting towns like this does give you the insight you need to know how to approach certain shoots, how things work stylistically to everyday folks. I really respond to the rawness and the untouched qualities of the riverside especially some of the buildings whose purpose looks largely industrial, I like the muted colors of the buildings, the aged woods and rusty elements dotted with real life size Tonka trucks from my childhood.    

I like to eat at the Littleton Diner that has been there since 1930, It’s one of the only original train car diners left in the world apparently, It’s like Manhattan’s "Empire Diner" in Chelsea's country sister. It is “Deco meets the Country” with original bar stools, light fittings and wooden booths.

In the last 7 months, I have spent nearly 3 months here so even though I often bring inspirations from the city, here is a taste of something different and quite refreshing me thinks!   

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Better Home and Gardens Magazine/ Cupcake Crazy

Photography: David A. Land
Photography: David A. Land
Promtion Shot, TLC
Photography: Marcus Hay
Photography: Marcus Hay

Photography: Marcus Hay
Inspiration Mood Board


For Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, I was asked to create a set inspired by of "DC Cupcakes,” the TLC reality show that follows sisters Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, who run Georgetown Cupcake www.georgetowncupcake.com. I was inspired by their clean but feminine aesthetic of their stores and wanted to do something clever with cupcake holders/liners. I always thought they would look pretty as flowers and so I asked my trusty set builders Empire empiresetshop.com to construct a set that was made of message board so I could pin the cupcake holders to the wall, layering big and smaller sizes in pretty pastel colors upon the wall.

Using pillows and rugs from my friends at Madeline Weinrib www.madelineweinrib.com to add some zest and color and a great Sofa rental from Bridge Props www.bridgeprops.com, The set really came together well.

Somehow in the layout process my large array of cupcake holders were depleted in retouching, maybe I had gone a bit overboard with my cupcake excitement? You can see some of my behind the scenes shot of the set  

The girls were both lovely and I have seen the show since, catch it on TLC.
It was shot by Photographer David A. Land www.davidaland.com