A Cool Project: Gone Rogue

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Thrift shopping is a go-to past time of mine. I really enjoy picking out the hidden treasures that may lie hidden beneath piles of all sorts of odds and ends.

I found a Cadet Kelly worthy army jacket (props to those of you who know that Hilary Duff reference, cinematic gold) in a thrift shop the other weekend. This jacket even has the old name written inside and everything, Gulliver. Fitting I think, I don’t know why. I picked it up and decided to shoot it together with a cute ensemble.

Meet my muse, Kelsey Garfoot. She has extensive experience in sweetness and also textile design. She is magic when creating crystal-embroidered items and body jewelry. You may remember her from a shoot I did this past summer with her and some of her friends! Feel free to scroll back a page or two to see that, called A Primitive Project. Enjoy our little collaboration, which I am sure will not be the last.


GONE ROGUE

March 2017

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Photographer: Miranda  Berggren

http://www.mirandaannberggren.com

Instagram: @mirandaberggren

Model: Kelsey Garfoot

Instagram: @kgarfoo

MUA/HAIR: Miranda Berggren

Wardrobe/Styling: Kelsey Garfoot + Miranda Berggren


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Jeans: Levi’s

Jacket: Bill Blass

Plaid Shirt: Model’s Own

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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Camo Jacket: Authentic Military Issue

Belt: Vintage

Denim: Burberry

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Weekend Getaway: Los Angeles, C.A.

Summer is here and I am so glad I got to see my beautiful cousin Ginny this past weekend. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and is the ultimate true blue Californian beaut, the cousin not the city. Needless to say, she’s pretty badass and I am very proud of what she has accomplished. I hope you all had a great weekend! Enjoy.

Los Angeles, C.A. 2016

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Here are some fun excerpts from my quick trip. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take as many photos as I had liked due to the busy schedule and just wanting to catch up with the cousin. We only ever get to see each other once in a blue moon, so it’s so nice that I got to hang and say my hellos!

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First, we woke up and grabbed some much needed coffee, threw on some makeup, tornadoed the ground and tabletops with girl crap, gabbed, got dressed, and off we went to spend our money and our calories.

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The crash pad.

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Above, is a serene view of the courtyard. Below, is a rare digital image of an actual angel taken July 16th, 2016.

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Fairfax.

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Clearly in a hurry to grab some grub. Follow the blonde with the matching backpack and the jean jacket (with a sick donut pin attached from Madewell, sadly not pictured).

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On Ginny

Jacket: Paige

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Backpack: Rag & Bone

Shirt: Joie

Jeans: Paige

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Our moods after the foods.

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The backpack, the blonde and I then ventured into a fun pop up shop called Reservoir on Robertson Blvd.

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 THE glasses. A little bit obsessed.

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Dork alert.

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On Miranda

Bag: Marc Jacobs

Jeans: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: theory

Top: J.O.A.

Glasses: Ray Ban

A Wild Project: ‘Kat’

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WILD WILD WEST

COAST

June 2016


Photographer: Miranda Berggren

http://www.mirandaaberggren.com

Instagram@mirandaberggren

Model: Kat

Instagram: @violitia

HMU: Miranda Berggren

Wardrobe: Ka

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Shoes: Alexander Wang

Sweater: Tyler Lambert

Scarf: Vintage

Shorts: BB Dakota

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 BTS…

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A Chromatic Project: ‘Neon Gypsy’ x Hannah Hamilton

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I love catching up with little miss Hannah. I’ve known her for a while now and she is always up for any challenge I throw at her. We have worked together in the past and every time we collaborate we come up with shots that I love.

I have recently moved from the east side and I am now living more downtown and I am enjoying it so far. I’m exploring different parts of the city and finding some wonderful location spots for shooting.

One of the first locales I found happens to be right outside my building! I live around a good amount of old brick buildings, which really gives me a cool background to work with.

Hannah stood out so well, which created wonderful color and contrast.


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GYSPY

May 2016


Model: Hannah Hamilton

@hammyhanny

Wardrobe/Styling: Hannah Hamilton + Miranda Berggren

Photographer: Miranda Berggren

http://www.mirandaannberggren.com

HMU: Miranda Berggren

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Skirt: Steve Madden

Shoes: H&M Oxfords

Sunglasses: Ray Ban ‘Clubmaster’

Shirt: Adidas

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We then traveled farther from my studio and I tried to capture a more moody scene.

Dress: H&M Coachella

Shirt: Vintage

Bag: Marc Jacobs

Shoes: Vans

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For the rest of the shoot we went inside, ventured into my laundry room and roamed the hallways, probably disturbing my neighbors.

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One piece: Vintage

Windbreaker: Ragstock

Skirt: Forever 21

Shoes: Adidas

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We had a nice chat and talked about life, laughing and relaxing. I felt inspired by her outfit that she arrived in: her mother’s old painting crew neck cut off sweatshirt.

It was so fabulous and grunge, so naturally I snapped a few more pictures.

Sweatpants: H&M

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Enjoy! x

 

A Wonderful Project: Part II

As you know I shot a beautiful model from the Rock Agency a few weeks ago. I finally got around to editing the last section of the shots. These are probably my fave of the bunch. We really worked together great, and everyone was warmed up by then!

Katie was a great model to work with, she moved well and took direction nicely! So lucky to have worked with such talented stylists and makeup artists as well.

‘Gold Dust Girl’

Model: Katie Tans with the Rock

MUA/HAIR: Amanda Summers

Styling: Jaclyn Eve


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Best of Beauty: The Bun and Other Fun Things

Today’s Beauty Inspiration


Photographer: Marcel Vocino

http://www.marcelvocino.com

Hair: Rachel Hopkins

Instagram@rachel_hopkinshair

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I have been wanting to try this hairstyle for so long and my friend Rachel was kind enough to do my hair. I have never been great with doing my hair, I usually just take a shower and let it dry and that’s that, so this is cool for me.

I paired this hairstyle with one of my favorite looks: sunglasses, shorts, a tee, and another shirt wrapped around my waist. The extra shirt comes in handy while walking in the city. If it ever gets a little too breezy out, you have a sweater.

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As you can see, I grabbed my camera and some of my friends, and I walked around the city a bit! Here are some fun little snapshots of the day. Enjoy!

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Rach’s shoes.

Best of Beauty: Studio Secrets

I hope you don’t mind if I take you back in time to one of my very first photoshoots. It was in Chicago, with a wonderfully talented photographer, Meredith, and hair and makeup artist, Lynee, who was from the Milwaukee area. The pictures from the shoot turned out beautiful, I had a great time and learned a ton. I remembered Lynee well because she had a natural talent for hair and makeup and she was so kind and warm on set. Because it was one of my very first shoots, I was a bit nervous. So it’s always nice when you meet down-to-earth people.

We met on several occasions after the shoot in Chicago and always got along very well. Lynee’s career has blossomed since then. She started as a desk secretary at a great hair salon in Wisconsin and was eager to learn more about the industry, as she shadowed a talented stylist and learned to hone her skills.

Fast forward to 2014-2015, and she is signed with Ford Artists in Chicago and Miami, has worked on set with big names like Sam Smith, shooting for Teen Vogue, and frequently works with Bryan Whitely, a very talented photographer in Chicago. To sum her up, she is a beautiful person inside and out, with amazing talent.

So, I recently got in touch and asked if she would be interested in writing up a little something for my blog. She very kindly agreed. We brainstormed and came up with something very cool indeed.

Lynee tests out tons of beauty products, on sets or at home. Here are some of her current favorites.

Enjoy!

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On Set and In the Studio

I work away from home constantly, so I purposely make sure I have things in my hair and makeup kits that remind me of my favorite places and memories. My models don’t mind so much either, as they feel pampered by the products’ rich scents and beautiful bottles! Of course, you can get by using drugstore products, but the luxury of these make the experience oh-so much sweeter.

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1) Koh-I-Noor brush. A recent purchase at Chicago’s Americas Beauty Show. This small, quiet and unassuming booth was a haven among the usual noise and flash of the show. The company’s Italian owner was almost apologetic about their high prices, but the quality of their brushes was obviously worth the expense. Now it’s a staple when I’m brushing out bouncy Hollywood locks, and reminds me of my aunts horse stable!

2) Ranunculus Flower. In the warmer months I have gardens surrounding my house and I care for them every morning, when I’m having my morning coffee. And when I leave home I snip off a flower and see how long I can keep it alive floating in a dish of water.

3) Oribe Gold Lust Hair Oil. One of the most luxurious hair brands, I’ve filled my entire kit with his products, as well as my showers and baths at home. Its’ scent brings me right back to where my heart is, and of course the results I get with the hair are nothing short of magical! I finish off a hair style by running a tiny drop over my palms and smoothing through the ends.

4) Hermès Un Jardin En Mediterranee perfume. I bought this specifically after a trip with my husband to Saint Lucia, still my favorite island of all time! Whenever the wind blew, the scent of Saint Lucia island was out of this world. I couldn’t have been more pleased when I found Hermès had captured it in a bottle! The last thing I do before I begin my day is dab a bit of it on.


I just want to say thank you Lynee for writing this up, I love the products you picked, and I hope we get a chance to grab lunch soon! I will be linking her website as well her Instagram so you can go check her out! Thanks!

Lyneé Ruiz,
www.lyneeruiz.com

Instagram: @lyneeruiz