October wasn’t really all that long ago, though now that we’ve passed mid January and tiny red buds are just starting to become visible on trees, the golden visuals of the waning days of fall feel a distant memory. I would hold off on sharing these photos until next year, when they make sense again, but it’s been hard to keep them a secret.


This shoot was my birthday present. For a while I’d been interested in doing a pheasant concept with feathers and golden golden grasses, but I had no idea how to articulate what I wanted it to look like. It had been an ongoing problem for about a year, when I asked Sarah if she wouldn’t mind just letting me play with her hair and face for a day. After three house of crimping, gluing, and pinning her into random fabric scraps, she certainly resembled some sort of human pheasant; a rather high fashion-flightless version of a bird.


We then all set out to find the perfect location, having only a rough idea in mind of using Crow Hill in Worcester, which TJ and I had explored a week before. It was pretty windy, and Sarah’s feathered eyelashes looked dangerously close to blowing off her face if we didn’t pick somewhere to shoot right away. Luckily we found this almost Savannah-like spot just a few minutes in. And we lucked out with the light.


In the end, I think it all came out as I’d imagined, even though I still can’t put what that was into words. Sometimes we just find what we’re looking for, with or without wings.

Flightless***** Kayt


  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2015
  • Location: Crow Hill, Worcester, MA
  • Photography: Kayt Silvers and TJ Bynes
  • Hair, Makeup, Wardrobe, Styling: Kayt Silvers
  • Model: Sarah (Starlight) Sybicki