Monthly Archives: August 2013

Southampton Summer

While undeniable that the entirety of the Hamptons holds quite a bit of charm for New Yorkers over the summer, Southampton for me stands out from the rest. It began because of a friendship, but the more I come here the more I am pulled in by its charm. In addition to beautiful homes and gorgeous greenery, it has become an inspirational retreat for artists of all kinds.

Roy Lichtenstein and Zita Davisson, amazing painters, had studios here, and currently the author Tom Wolfe has a home in the village.

“For a moment you might imagine you’ve been mysteriously wafted to the French countryside, but no, this is the East End of Long Island…You’ve reached your destination, but your journey of discovery has barely begun…”

There aren’t many places where you can wander through rose gardens, walk along the beach, see gorgeous, inspiring artwork, and still have time to come back and cookout with some of your closest friends. I have luckily found one, and it will always stay close to my heart…

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The Making of

We first started the conversation with Saks Fifth Avenue’s team that curates and runs their social channels including 10022-shoe, their NY-centric shoe-focused Tumblr. You never know with new clients how much control they are going to want or how far they are willing to go. Kevin and I are always looking to do new things, always trying to expand our work and continue to evolve Cinemagraphs, the new medium of photography we pioneered over two years ago.

So let’s talk about the creative process. Their team was completely open to our ideas, whatever we could dream up. When everything is a possibility, it can be hard to find a jumping off point, so our first action was to spend sometime at the SAKS shoe department. We walked in circles, letting various shoes spark our imagination. Oh! Look at this Louis Vuitton heel, can’t you see a girl at a train station surrounded by LV luggage and steam from the engine rising in these?! LOVE. We did this for a couple of hours. We never limited ourselves to what was physically and financially possible, we kept our minds free to form the visions and worry about the rest later. I always take iPhone pics of everything throughout this process so we can reference them later when we come back to the studio.

Next step: finalizing ideas. We ended up with about 11 strong concepts once we had brainstormed back at the studio, looking at iPhone photos and sketching out ideas, talking them through and pushing them further. Our studio assistant then began researching, pulling reference imagery and text relating to our themes. These ultimately go into the client presentation so that they may have a clear visual of what we are dreaming up, and get an idea of the color, mood, emotion, and story of the final image.

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Mad, Magical, Mystical Wonderland

The Mad Hatter: Have I gone Mad?
Alice: I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

Our heroine steps into a magical place, frozen in time. She makes her way around vintage teacups, forgotten old keys, and strands of ivy taking over this forgotten land as she explores a new world; a world of wonder and madness, of whimsy and delight. Wearing sparkling shoes as she tiptoes through the tabletop, she leads us on a brand-new adventure…

Special thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue. Love shoes? Check this out!

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Central Park Summer

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Paddle boats gliding by, paths that wind around until you emerge upon a serene view, nature so lush in the middle of our busy city you would think you were miles away from it all. I love Central Park. For four years I lived on its edge, watching it through all the seasons and escaping into it on evening walks. I was so happy to see her again on this summer afternoon when the air was thick and laughter distant…

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I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. – e. e. cummings 

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