When I spotted this Monique Lhuillier dress with layers of embroidered lace I imagined it would move beautifully. The long ties that start at the neck would flow when walking and be a fun design element to play with.
Contrasting the playful and feminine qualities of the dress with Riley's shaved head was a fun pairing. What I did not know until shoot day was that her butterfly tattoo would be so perfect.
These happy accidents are why shoot days are always the best days. Ideas grow into something bigger and better with a creative team.
The earrings were a bold clip-on by GAS Bijoux They were borrowed, and the pair had a loose hinge. The unexpected falling of the loose earring kept us on our toes! We tried tape. Heather had the suggested of padding the earlobe - a brilliant idea, however nothing would keep the earring on the ear. We found the falling earring more funny more than frustrating - we were inspired by the way this look came together on Riley, and we were driven to nail the shot.
The purse is Zac Posen, chosen for the texture and color. I love the cut out details, and played with shadows from the mesh ties from the Monique Lhuillier dress to highlight the Zac Posen logo.
The St. Laurent sparkly sunglasses were a last minute addition. I wanted to see how the glitter would catch the light and contrast with the flat black dress. When Heather Fitzgerald asked for my makeup look I thought of a simple cat eye and bold red lip. She executed the look better than I could have imagined, and I just loved how the glasses complimented the makeup. I wanted to do something different with the sunglasses than having them rest on her face. The night before the studio shoot I had this idea to create a sunglass shadow over her eyes. It was a quirky addition to the shoot that makes you linger a little longer on the photograph than a traditional sunglass shot.
The right mix of Elvis (great choice Riley) and my obession with "Good Day" by Nappy Roots supplied our background music. This fashion lifestlye and accessories photography session took place in my Dallas studio.
Photography and Creative Direction: Jami Mari Clayman
Hair and Makeup: Heather Fitzgerald with On Set Management
Retouching: Tonya Silina with Thomson Retouch