Polly’s 6th issue was recently released, and I had the honor of shooting another fashion editorial for the magazine. I’m excited to share that this editorial in particular became featured as one of 5 covers for the magazine! This particular photoshoot came together in a unique way, so I wanted to share about the experience and give a sneak peek of some of the photos we captured.

Each component of the shoot came together in a slightly different way. Our model came recommended by a friend of mine who is a makeup-artist, and planned to test with her. In turn, that makeup-artist agreed to collaborate with us on the shoot. Our clothing looks came from Chelsea, who wanted to create a Japanese-inspired style profile. Finally, after discussing with the creative director of the magazine, Chelsea and I mutually decided on shooting inside a home by RM Interiors. We also chose to shoot inside a home because I determined that an on-location shoot would give us more to work with.

The house was fabulous! It’s a really cool and modern city home located in Liberty Hill and overlooking Cincinnati. As a bonus, the homeowner is an artist herself, so her artwork was featured throughout the home. The home as a whole was very sleek and modern, which worked perfectly for my vision. We also included some pottery provided by Idlewild Woman, and it mixed really well with the artwork and wardrobe. I loved the overall mixture of so many arts different together: fashion, sculpture work, paintings, interior design, and architecture.

For this editorial, I decided that it wouldn’t be a story in the traditional sense; but rather, a showcasing of the wardrobe and house in unison. As you can imagine, the sleek Japanese-inspired styling worked incredibly well with the house’s streamlined decor. In contrast to our shoot for the spring issue, which heavily featured a monochromatic pastel color palette, this shoot incorporated lots of neutrals with occasional pops of color to catch the eye.

Overall, everything we did was very intentional and I’m so excited about how the photoshoot came together. Check out more of the images below, and click here for a behind-the-scenes video from my last Polly shoot!


Garment credits (in order of appearance at shoot):

  1. Sienna vintage kimono (stylist’s own- Swoon/Camille), ivory silk asymmetric dress (stylist’s own- by Chelsea Cutrell- style available at Idlewild), tan linen pants by Ozma (Idlewild), vintage blue slides by Costume National (NVision), ivory/gold earrings and cuff bracelet by Cath.S (Idlewild)
  2. Ivory silk pajama pants (Idlewild), black pleated crop top by Pleats Please (Idlewild), black vintage kimono (stylist’s own- Swoon/Chelsea), Ivory Big Arch earrings by Four Eyes (Continuum), clear glass ring by Jane D’Arsenbourg (Idlewild)
  3. Cocoon coat (stylist’s own- by Chelsea Cutrell- style available at Idlewild), Yoji Yammamoto black pleated pants (stylist’s own -Camille), white wrap top by Mara Hoffman (Idlewild), black leather belt by Isabel Marant (stylist’s own- Camille), black pointed slides by Wal & Pai (Idlewild), sliver 2 tone earrings by Cris and Shawn (Idlewild), clear hair pin/ring by Corey Moranis (Continuum)
  4. Navy pleated tunic by Pleats Please (Idlewild), black leather belt by Isabel Marant (stylist’s own- Camille), black/gray silk scarf by Chelsea Cutrell (style available at Idlewild) black rib knit dress by The Range (Idlewild), Heda Ackerman strapped heels (stylist’s own-Camille), black fringe earrings- dragonfly earrings in black by Oropopo (Idlewild), clear hair pin/ring by Corey Moranis (Continuum)
  5. Ozma black wrap skirt (Idlewild), mustard yellow pleated top with detached sleeves by Pleats Please (Idlewild), porcelain earrings by Julie Clark Pottery (Idlewild) shoes in alternate shots: vintage Tabi boots (NVision/stylist’s own-Camille), also used Heda Ackerman strapped heels (stylist’s own-Camille)

Prop credits: ceramic vase, watering can, vessel with twigs by Julie Clark Pottery, crystals- stylist’s own (Chelsea), ceramic/wood sculpture and painting by homeowner

Photographer: Tracy Doyle

Photo assistant: Damon Wilson

Photo Retouching: Tony Paul Oliver

Stylist: Chelsea Cutrell

Style Assistant: Camille Bacon

Model: Anita Rose Lewis

Agency: Wilhelmina Chicago

Makeup: Tom Venditelli 

Hair: Michael Sparto