The first part of my Cuba story focused on the intimate connection between two young Cuban lovers Claudia and Carlitos as well as many travel tips on how to travel to Cuba legitimately and the general energy of the city and its people. This photo series is a mixture of cuban street photography and fashion modeled by my fierce travel comrade Radha, a creative force in her own rights.
All wardrobe by Free People.
Locations included Old Havana, an abandoned monastery, the cobbled streets of Trinidad, Ernest Hemingway’s private sanctuary, the famous Malecón, ancient churches, and Playa Ancon.
Excited to finally post this styled shoot that the incredibly talented and energetic Nicole Dominic-Pelletier produced. Fashion designer Carol Ann Wachter (Boulder) provided her new clothing collection “When Women Were Birds” and the lovely women of Denver based local band Paper Bird (Esme Patterson, Genevieve Patterson, and Sarah Shu) modeled. The imagery is being used by Paper Bird to promote their new album “Rooms” and current tour, as well as their vocal workshops for children called “Finding Your Voice” in their ongoing efforts to give back to their local community.
Paper Bird’s style of vocal harmonic indie folk/baroque pop is incredibly soothing to the soul and easily one of Denver’s best bands. Their live performances are a must see!
Here’s a few songs off their new album:
Photography: Jason Bach, The Photogenic Lab
Produced & Styled by: Nicole Dominic-Pelletier
Style Assistance: Tina Gill of Worthwhile Style
Wardrobe: Carol Ann Wachter
Jewelry: The Woods Fine Jewelry
Makeup: Nicole Ramirez
Hair: Alicia Kuiken
Location: Forest Room 5
Production Assistant: Isabel Bezzant
Models: Esme Patterson, Genevieve Patterson, and Sarah Shu of Denver’s own Paper Bird
This past October a new breed of wedding showcase hit Denver like a freight train at Mile High Station. Jewels Gray’s (from Jeff & Jewels Photography) brainchild idea to bring something more creative and stylish to the wedding expo industry was a smash hit. Most wedding expos are boring, stuffy, and traditional (a reason I never was inclined to participate in them), so it was such a breath of fresh air to see an event for engaged couples to meet some of Denver’s top creative and unique vendors that provide something more than just traditional and classic themes.
The vendors were hand picked by Jewels herself (including yours truly) for their outstanding unique and offbeat creative offerings. Local designers, makeup artists, & hair stylists partnered to create vignettes such as ?Pinup Rockabilly?, ?Comic Book Super Hero?, and ?Victorian Goth?. Foodies rejoiced with samples from incredible caterers, while florists, photographers, and mixologists put out their best work.
And as if gathering all these creatives in an amazing space wasn’t enough, the night ended with an incredible fashion show too (and what? a ZOMBIE FLASH MOB? Perfection):
Bodypainting by Colorado Skin Works
I recently partnered with the very wonderful Kelsey McCain to help me style a theme project I’ve been working on for awhile. The creative involved exploring various themes of abandonment, loneliness, and escapism. A story of a girl who comes to an abandoned warehouse to escape the outside reality and problems of life. A sanctuary for her soul to be herself without judgement from others. Much like a tree fort for kids, everyone needs their own space to retreat to for reflection and comfort. To have a sense of control in their lives when sometimes it feels like anything but. These are places where you can do anything, be anyone, and think freely. Like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, it’s impenetrable and exclusive to you.
In a way, it’s home.
On a props note, that claw foot bathtub is a relic from 1941, manufactured out of tin with a wood rim.