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Gatsby Meets Grunge styled shoot ft. Meagan Hankin

For this blog post, I have a special guest writer, who also happened to be the model in our shoot. Dear friend Meagan Hankin has been supporting my friend Margaret and I as we both pursue our creative dreams. A creative soul herself, she wanted to help in any way possible. So she helped collaborate with us to create a shoot very aesthetically different than anything Margaret and I have done before. Here is the excerpt that Meagan sent to me to help explain our thinking behind the shoot. 

I don't know about you, but whenever I see something utterly cool, I can't help but want in. Call me a follower... I could care less. When I saw these beautiful and inspiring shoots Margaret and Alex were putting together, I had to come up with an excuse to be part of it.

So, I started to think about the styles and images which intrigued me most. I'm drawn to beauty with an edge... rawness... even a little bit of grit. When it comes to fashion eras, I love the 20s and (don't laugh) the 90s. Yes, the 90s are having a bit of a resurgence at the moment but, for me, they symbolize growing up. My tween and teenage self was far from rebellious, but one could not escape that spirit. And certainly the 20s were also a time of rebellion: against social norms, acceptable hemlines and even the teetotaling law. The underground, whether jazz or grunge, bubbled up to change the mainstream music and fashion of the time. Stylistically they are at extremes... high glamour and flash versus a stripped down, blue collar aesthetic.

But, what if we blended these two very different eras together? What would that look like exactly? I didn't know, but was certain I knew the two perfect artists to explore this idea.

So she couldn't have said it any better. Finally, the images are culled and put up! Here's our little grungey gatbsy experiment.

Makeup: Margaret Snider Makeup Artistry
Model: Meagan Massa Hankin


And magic like this started happening. Meagan was made for this look.

I am so very thankful for the way this shoot turned out. I'm grateful to have creative friends that encourage each other. 

Behind-the-scenes video: Styled Shoot ft. Radiant Orchid

All I can say is wow.

This weekend is going to be absolutely nuts.  I'm already exhausted but I'm exhausted and in my perfectly happy place nonetheless :) I had a a seven and a half hour drive from Atlanta, went straight to a senior session at Kraft Azalea Gardens in Winter Park, now I'm finally home in for some late-night editing. Tomorrow I've got a morning session with my parents, and then I'm shooting video at Sara Jewett's wedding!! Exciting stuff happening over here, and I can't wait to share it all with you!

I didn't post a Saturday morning session last weekend, because I was assisting shooting at a wedding! I was doing some behind-the-scenes videography of my new friend over at Kelly Anne Photography. (Check her stuff out- she's so talented and one of the funniest, sassiest, most driven girls I know). Photos and the video from that shoot may be going up soon.

So... in lieu of me not having something up from last weekend... here's my latest behind-the-scenes video from a photoshoot that my other new friend, Michelle of MP Photographie put on. (The images she shot just got published: here's the link!!)

The song is "Sunrise Sunset" by We Are Trees. Permission to use the song was granted by the band.