We shot our gypsy photos on the same only slightly chilly December day as these. We’d lucked out on the weather. The floor may have still been disgustingly damp and sticky, but at least we all maintained feeling in our fingertips.

Jennifer is another model I know can pull off just about any look, and as an added bonus, she’s a very talented hair and makeup artist. Being asked to do finger waves on straight hair strikes fear into the heart of most cosmetology school graduates, but hers did not disappoint. We really couldn’t have done this without her.


I suppose “Coco” was our simplest character, at least conceptually. I visualized her as a sort of flapper-styled contortionist, with inspiration taken from old photos of tattooed ladies, even though Jen doesn’t have nearly enough ink to qualify as one. I’d had a truly amazing feathered circlet that I had based the entire costume around. And, of course, somehow managed to forget it in Worcester. Knowing that going back to retrieve it wasn’t an option, I improvised a hair piece with some extra ruffled appliques I hadn’t used in the tulle capelet. No stress at all 😉


I toyed with the idea of having this be the final shoot- we did focus on the Exit sign after all. But as a set it felt incomplete. I’d tied together most of the color palettes except the Blue of Part III. So there needed to be one more with a lot of blues. You can check out the final installment, Part VI, here.


  • Date: Sunday, December 6th, 2015
  • Location: Belchertown State School, Belchertown, MA
  • Photography: Kayt Silvers and TJ Bynes
  • Styling: Kayt Silvers
  • Model, hair, makeupJennifer M.