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Spring is in the Air

So, 2015 is going to be the year that I actually stay on top of posting here… I am terrible at writing regularly, probably because I spent 8 years in high school and college writing and was pretty over it by the time I was done.  But, seeing as that was 15 years ago (holy hell… I can’t believe its been so long!) I figure its time for me to get back into it.

Last year was a pretty rough year and when it ended I was pretty excited to see it go.  When it started, I was very excited to pursue my new fine art concepts for The Female Archetype Project and to do a bit of traveling.  I was disappointed with the outcome on both of those fronts.  Other than the trip I made with my husband to Portland, OR last February, we pretty much didn’t leave MA, and my lofty goal to shoot 20 or more concepts for the Female Archetype Project fell quite short as I only produced about a half dozen images.  We moved to Salem, MA in October, and it was probably the best move we could have made from a creative and general-life-happiness perspective.  This winter has been rough though, as it has been for most New Englanders… but it hit me unexpectedly hard because it was more difficult to see friends and family since they live much farther away now and also because I wasn’t running my husband’s business anymore, I was also not leaving the house, and wasn’t really interacting with many other human beings.  That was pretty much a recipe for disaster with my creative process.

So, here we are, close to the end of the winter and I’ve started to meet some local folks and my brain is starting to right itself.  I have decided to expand the Archetype Project to explore more than just female mythology, so it will now include male characters as well.  I have been renewing my obsession with comparative religions/mythologies and I am fascinated by how many stories repeat from culture to culture, even amongst groups that have no obvious connections geographically or historically.  I am excited to start the expansion as soon as the snow melts and I’m in the midst of the insane amount of planning it will take to pull a very epic shoot together to explore a ubiquitous character and the many tales that he is featured in.

To wrap this up, I am hoping to blog a few times a week, so keep your eye peeled for more posts.  I am planning to release some behind-the-scenes videos, photoshop tutorials, and the many tales that will come with the photoshoots that are on the books already in the coming months.  And to tide you over until the next post, I’ll leave you all with a few shots from a recent day of fun I had with a local model, Charlie Vagabond, and a photographer/model/adventurer Grace, from Fading Grace Photography.  We had a great day of playing dress up and created some fun images that I am quite in love with.  Enjoy!




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MUA: Crissy Zarbano

Charlie’s corset: Jane’s Corsets

Charlie’s Vest: Redfield Design

Feather Mohawk and Distressed Armband: Discord Industries

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Beauty Test with Erika and Makeup by Lyndsay

Erika is a gorgeous girl who came to our rescue last minute, when the model that Lyndsay, from Makeup by Lyndsay and I had planned to work with last week was terribly ill, and we had to track down a model an hour before our shoot.  Erika had never been in front of the camera before, but she did an amazing job and we had a ridiculously awesome day!  We started off by experimenting with a bit of a grungy rock and roll inspired look, which we transitioned into a bohemian/warrior style because we were having so much fun… it gave me a chance to finally pull out one of the vintage slips I found at Brimfield this summer and I was also able to incorporate the Fire Dragon Mohawk I created a few months ago.  For our second makeup look, Lyndsay created a fun glamour inspired look, and I got to pull out a cute pink dress I picked up a couple of years ago-  all in all, we had a blast and I was able to not only create some amazing beauty headshots, but we got to play a bit with fashion and fine art images as well.  Here are some of my favorites for the day!










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Miss Aniela’s Fashion Shoot Experience on the Framed Show

It has finally been released!!  I am so excited to announce that the Framed Show episode that I was a guest photographer at this past April has finally aired!!  It was such an amazing experience and The Framed Network did such a lovely job bringing it to life in their Framed Show episode.  And now I can finally release all of my images, which have been burning a hole in my hard drive since I finished editing them five months ago.  I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of the show and share the experience with so many other wonderful and creative photographers and especially to have had the chance to work with the incredibly inspiring Miss Aniela!


Here are some of my favorite images from the workshop…







And what an amazing team of people to work with!!  Here are the credits for everyone who was a part of making these beautiful images!

Model: Annabelle Lyttle (lavender dress)

Dress: Daniel Feld

Hat: Anya Caliendo Couture Millinery Atelier

Earring, bracelet, ring: Clara Kasavina

Shoes: Stylist’s own

Hair: Numi Empire

Makeup: Nadine Vendryes

Stylist: Leonid Gurevich

Stylist’s assistants: Marina Gurevich, Michelle Ortega

Model: Ploymanee S. (white dress)

Dress: Leonid Gurevich

Leather harness and mask: Jade Chiu

Rings: Clara Kasavina

Shoes: Uta Bekaia

Hair: Numi Empire

Makeup: Nadine Vendryes

Stylist: Leonid Gurevich

Stylist’s assistants: Marina Gurevich, Michelle Ortega

Model: Maleen Rike Johannsen (red dress)

Dress: Alex Teih

Hat: Raquel Livia

Earring, bracelet, necklace: Clara Kasavina

Shoes: Kilame design by Pamela Quinzi

Hair: Kisha Marie

Makeup: Chifumi Nambashi

Stylist: Leonid Gurevich

Stylist’s assistants: Marina Gurevich, Michelle Ortega

Hosting photographer:  Natalie Dybisz/Miss Aniela

Event Director:  Matt Lennard

Website:  www.fashionshootexperience.com

Project Manager:  Catherine Jolley


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Brent McCombs

Dirk Bergner

Ian Gavan


and of course thanks to Melissa Niu and the Framed Network for such a fantastic opportunity!!


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Warwick City Park with Andrea C.

Two weeks ago, I finally had my first beach shoot of the season with Andrea C., from Model Club, Inc. and Celsa of Variant Shades Makeup.  It was a blazing 90+ degree day, with no clouds to be seen.  Luckily for us Warwick City Park’s beach had a ton of shade, so we were mostly able to avoid the sun.  We were able to use  a couple of beautiful swimsuits from local swimwear company Sea Love Swimwear (the black and the turquoise suits) and I was able to find some fantastic net tops and bottoms for coverups.  Overall, the heat and sun were worth braving for the images we created that day!

BTS Warwick City Park Swim Shoot

Thanks to Celsa for snapping this BTS shot. That’s my awesome husband, Jae on lights.


Here are some of the final images!











Thanks to everyone who made the day possible and braved the elements to get these amazing shots!!

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Model Portfolio: Evan

Evan is a new model who used to be one of my employees at Hot Topic– he was always interested in getting into modeling but wasn’t quite sure where to start.  We had a couple of mini-shoots at work, to show off some new merch on the store’s facebook page, but we never really got a chance to get together and do a full-on shoot with good lighting and a few wardrobe changes. A few weeks ago I set up a model portfolio building event and asked him to come so we could finally get him some great shots to start his modeling portfolio.  Evan has really unique features and some incredible hair (or incredibly unruly, depending on the day) and he has such a great personality! I hope that this will be the beginning of a prolific modeling career for him!  Here is a selection of shots from our shoot that day!  Enjoy!

Evan Headshot- Photo by Theresa Wall Duggan

Evan in a Denim Vest- Photo by Theresa Wall Duggan

Evan in a Denim Vest- Photo by Theresa Wall Duggan


Evan in a Suit- Photo by Theresa Wall Duggan

Evan in a Suit- Photo by Theresa Wall Duggan

Evan in a Tank- Photo by Theresa Wall Duggan

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Portraits and Fashion with Jesse.

I had an opportunity to shoot with the always fantastic and fun Jesse Colton again last month and it was once again an amazing day. Celsa Cutillo of Variant Shades Makeup worked her magic with hair and makeup.  I submitted a handful of the images to the new Boston-based VEIN Magazine and two of the images made it into their first Issue, due out April 2013.  I am so excited to be a part of it!

Here are a few of the images that we created that day (that aren’t going to be in VEIN)



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“Warriors” Editorial finally released!

This past summer I endeavored to plan one of the largest photo shoots I had ever conceived of putting together.  The idea started with the creation of a feather mohawk and evolved to the point that after several months of creating feather mohawks and headpieces (now for sale in my Etsy shop: Discord Industries) I had inspired a number of characters and at this point, I had to start planning to shoot the editorial, if only to get it out of my head!

I am always obsessed with the idea of what people would do in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event, and started with the basic idea that I wanted to create a group of young women striking out across a desert to reach a safe haven.  I wanted a diverse cast of characters and wanted the wardrobe to really depict each girl’s part in the group.  I began by contacting a few designers whose work I had seen on Etsy and asked them if they would be willing to loan pieces for the shoot… I had a couple actually respond back and generously let me use a few items for the concept.

The owner of Savage Salvage loaned me three absolutely perfect pieces of her jewelry.  She creates amazing pieces from recycled, repurposed pieces she has scavenged from many different sources… she has a lovely bohemian, tribal aesthetic and I would definitely recommend you check out her etsy shop to see her brilliant, eco-friendly and affordable designs.  She provided us with a porcupine quill bib necklace with  matching earrings as well as a beautiful brass slave bracelet.

The other designer who responded was Anna, from Madhu Designs.  She sells lovely leather and crochet pieces as well as some handmade tops from India.  When I contacted her, it was because the aesthetic of a number of her designs was EXACTLY what I was thinking we needed for shoot wardrobe… once I started talking to her, however, I realized how much more amazing she was than just a creator of beautiful clothing.  She is actually a documentary film maker who spent a number of years in India, traveling around, creating a film about the orphaned children of India who live in the train stations.  She sells these clothing pieces to support a man she met in India named Lucky who is a former street kid who currently is devoted to becoming a film-maker himself so he can share the story of the street kids who live on the train platforms all across India and Nepal.  It is such an amazing story and Anna is so devoted to sharing with the world the plight of these children, that I was even more excited to have her work as a fundamental part of the shoot.  The website for the documentary is: LUCKY EXPRESS: A Documentary of India’s Train Kids— check it out and please consider supporting her incredible project!

Around the time I started actually hearing back from designers, I was also talking with my three favorite makeup artists: Celsa Cutillo of Variant Shades Makeup , Erin Driscoll of Killer Instinct and Devan Weitzman of Devanelle Makeup about what wondrous things they could do with the faces of our (as of yet unchosen) models… we brainstormed and brainstormed, and eventually come up with the idea of doing 2 different, distinct looks- one that had super-fine details and one that was very slap-dash, with a finger-paint kind of feel to it.  I created a virtual mood-board on Pinterest, and was able to share it with all participants to give everyone an idea of what we were going for.

Finally, I started casting models… we wanted very different looking girls and it was not an easy choice to make with all the wonderful talents who were interested in being a part of the shoot.  When all was said and done, we decided upon Ramagious, Yana Bushmelov, Emily Grondine, Jennie Gail Ross, and Marie Ivanova, who were all amazing, enthusiastic and put up with a lot of discomfort due to the hot conditions, the bright sunlight and the long day we had!

Our final puzzle piece fell into place when we found our wardrobe stylist… just two days before the shoot!  After our original stylist fell through last minute, wardrobe stylist Erica Templeman, who is owner and designer of Pretty Thoughts Latex, saved the day!  She stepped in and was able to bring the final pieces that we needed to create the vibe we needed for this mish-mash troupe of girls tromping through the desert!

The following images are my favorite shots from the day.  I want to thank everyone who was a part of this monstrous endeavor, because I certainly couldn’t have done it without any of you!

Note: If you would like to see all the credits from each image, click to open it up by itself and credits will be listed in the description.













Emily, Ramagious & Yana

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Nomadic: a menswear editorial

[You didn’t enter a valid video URL. Please try again.]I finally finished editing my “Nomadic” editorial from the shoot I had with Jesse Colton, Celsa Cutillo (Variant Shades Makeup), Nicoletta Marie Lyons, and Brittany Ashforth, back in September.  It was such an amazing day and I’m so proud of all the work we did.  I am so excited to finally be able to share the work with everyone!  I have the editorial embedded as a magazine format, because I think that is the best way to view it.  The images are also viewable individually in my portfolio: Art and Discord Studios, if you don’t have a flash player and can’t see the flip book.

I just want to thank everyone on the team for all the hard work they put in and their patience while I worked on the images… I couldn’t have created this amazing work without everyone’s dedication!

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Jesse: Playing with Light

I just got back from viewing the Mario Testino exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with Celsa from Variant Shades and my husband, and it was so amazing to see such a prolific and extraordinary photographer’s work on such a huge scale, in person.  It reminded me why I love fashion and portrait photography so much and also that I can do so much more than I’m currently doing.  We also wandered around and checked out the great masters of the Renaissance, the Dutch & Flemish painters of the 18th & 19th centuries and the great painters of the Americas from the early 20th century.  It was a wonderfully inspiring afternoon in the company of such lovely people and it really stoked the fires of my creative drive, and hopefully I’ll be able to use some of that energy towards new work in the near future.

In the meantime, I’ve been editing like a mad-woman, working through the editorial I shot with Jesse, Celsa from Variant Shades & Nicoletta last month and I have a few images that won’t fit in the editorial aesthetically, but they are pretty spectacular images on their own, so I figured I’d share them now.


Here are two from inside the building, with the light coming in through the windows:


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And two outside, against the wall, where we found the most amazing patch of light.  Jesse was a great sport because I kept making him look right into it!

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Thanks for viewing!

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Nomadic … sneak peak of my first menswear editorial

I’ve been dying to shoot menswear for a while now, and finally had the opportunity to, thanks to my friend & creative partner-in-crime, Celsa (aka Jayne Riot) of Variant Shades Makeup who connected me with a model she knew, Jesse.  Jesse was down to shoot something for an editorial and I had so many ideas it was hard to even know where to start!  I finally decided on the draped, layered style that I am currently obsessed with… a bit of a nomadic, post-apocalyptic style (which, I’m sure to anyone who knows me, is no surprise).  I got in touch with wardrobe stylist, Nicoletta Lyons, about working with us on the editorial idea, and she was game too, so we set a date.  The final piece of the puzzle fell into place with the location– an abandoned tool factory my friend Brittany lived near north of Boston.

We met in the late morning last Tuesday, and the day couldn’t have gone any better- we shot until after five and realistically could have kept going, we were having so much fun!  We ended up shooting four looks, inside and outside the factory, which was a treasure-trove of amazing backgrounds, textures and colors!  Brittany was such a warm hostess and played the part of guide for us, Nicoletta brought an amazing wardrobe selection, Celsa’s makeup was subtle and perfect and Jesse was absolutely amazing in front of the lens.  We created some absolutely fantastic images, and I think I even surprised myself with the awesomeness of the outcome!  Editing started yesterday, and I feel compelled to share an image that stands alone.  The editorial will come, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, but here is a sneak peak of our first look!

Thanks to everyone who was a part of it– the entire experience really confirmed for me why I love what I do.


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