Several years back, I asked my mom to make me a white and red polka dot dress. It was strapless with a little white tulle crinoline. I loved it. Except it didn’t quite fit me. I never wore it, but once it a while I would pull it out of my closet and stare longingly, envisioning it over a red turtleneck for Valentine’s day, with red rainy boots and a red umbrella in summer storms… But it always returned to the closet unworn.
I was staring at it again around the third week in June, picturing it with my mom’s vintage saddle shoes, when I decided that it just wasn’t meant for me. But I was done hanging it back up. I would plan a photoshoot around it.
The shoot was put together pretty last minute. I already had a standing date with hair and makeup artist Grace, and Clara was up for modeling for me even if it meant waking up super early in the morning. We started at 6am.
The plan was to shoot just the dress, except I kept finding more and more clothes that just seemed to go with it- the red gingham halter top I’d bought for my trip to Paris a million years ago and hadn’t fit since, the black denim dress that I’d abandoned until the day I felt like bothering to replace the missing button I’d watched roll into a sewer one night, the tie neck white shirt with red polka dots that I’d fallen in love with in a vintage clothing shop that I’d never ended up wearing because of its permanent musty smell. Cue editorial.
The shoot wound up taking all day. Between getting yelled at for shooting in the movie theater, pouring coca cola into a an old glass bottle, balloons and free ice cream, we were just having too much fun. And it really was an amusing challenge to seek out as many red, white and black-themed locations as we could without leaving Newton.
- Date: Thursday, June 25, 2015
- Location: Newton, MA
- Photography/styling: Kayt Silvers
- Hair/makeup: Grace Soto
- Model: Clara Rose Ulken @ Maggie Inc.