Have I ever told you that my styling career began in fashion? I studied clothing and textile design in school and thought I would pursue fashion design. Instead when I moved to New York I landed a studio assistant position with a renowned fashion stylist that changed my life. My career evolved into interior design, into prop styling, but my foundation in fashion styling still informs a ton of the decisions I make in my jobs today. And I may pull a Marie-Kondo on my closet every once in a while, but accessories bring me hella joy, and I confess that I have trunks full of handbags, scarves, sunglasses, and costume jewelry! I grabbed a few favorites for a recent photoshoot with Joe St. Pierre (Photo 1 and 3). Photo #2 was shot by Glenn Scott for the May ‘19 issue of Northshore Magazine — I really enjoy fashion accessory shoots that allow my prop stylist routine to bump up against fashion styling ‘territory’.
Photographer Joe St. Pierre and I were interested in creating some colorful still life images. Tables of colorful stuff. Color tables. I collect glass objects from consignment shops, flea markets, and antique galleries. I really enjoy seeing how a photographer’s lighting choices can transform the glass, and how the color of one small object can really influence the space around it. I named the photos by the ‘hero’ item that sold me on each scene; the finishing touch that made the composition feel complete. I’d love to be the size of an mouse for a day and crawl around these tiny worlds.
These photos came about during an intense week of spring cleaning at the studio. The reorganization of my prop closet is a never ending task, but on this particular week in March I was pining for warmer weather and needed to summon it with ideas of entertaining in the months to come. I gathered some of my favorite serving dishes, baskets and vases, photographer Joe St. Pierre worked his magic, and this is what we came up with!