Mark Couture Shoot

I did a shoot and reshoot over the span of a week with local designer Mark Couture at the Art Museum in downtown Columia.  Below are a couple of the shots, I’m waiting on the rest of the batch to come in.

Cindy Crawford Covers “Tatler” and I’m Back to my Roots!

This woman defies time and gravity…she is FORTY SIX YEARS OLD.  Baffling.  She was my first model crush.  I was in the fourth grade and my teacher at the time was really encouraging my creative writing, but I just wanted to talk about Cindy Crawford and practice my model walk.  I suppose at the age of 26 I’ve struck the balance between the two that I began to strive for at age 8.

And in other news…my hairstylist took my hair back to it’s roots!  I’m back to brunette for the fall and feeling pretty good about it!  It was almost like I’d found myself when I looked in the mirror last night.  “THAT’S Katie.”

Shooting in the Country!

Last Sunday, my cousin Logan and I had some fun in the New Holland, SC woods!  Logan is a photography student and allowed me to use her talents to expand my portfolio and experience in front of the camera.  This shoot was also my first attempt at creating a shoot concept and styling it as well.  I did my own makeup and put together the outfit.  She and I both chose the locations and got to work.  We had some cousin bonding time and got some great shots for our respective portfolios as well.  Thank you Logan!

Katie Flexes on Her Exes

Hi, my name is Katie and I’m a recovering serial monogamist.  I’ve been sober for over a year, for the first time in ten years.  So this is what freedom feels like?

After falling for my first love at the delicate age of 16, I was hooked on relationships.  Never one for random hookups or, ahem, cut friends…I wanted the whole package.  I wanted the commitment, the friendship, the intimacy..I wanted it all.  “There’s nothing wrong with that” some might say.  Or, “Well, isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?”  Yeah, I guess so, when it’s actually right. But sometimes when you want so badly for it to be right, you force yourself into believing that it is, when in actuality, if you’d give it a little patience and time you’d plainly see that though some qualities of Mr. Right might be there… others are blaringly missing.

So what does a recovering serial monogamist do in that first year of sobriety?  Get some damn rest!  And honestly, finally get over all those guys that weren’t The One….take the time that I didn’t give myself in between boyfriends to actually reflect on those things that deserve reflection.  And let go of those things that don’t.  That’s the hardest and most important part of all….letting go and forgiving.  Forgiving them and forgiving myself for mistakes made.  Some in malice and some in plain damn ignorance.

Once you reach that place of forgiveness, you can let them go and when you think of them…think of them fondly.  And some of them, it takes about 2 minutes of reflection and then you don’t think about them at all.  So, I’m going to call no names..list no crimes…and show no faces.  But…I did find some spot on celebrity look alikes for those who deserve a few words and who have qualities I’d like to find in another.  And the rest of yall…you get no shine.  No play.  It’s all love though.

The Ex-Files:

You…first love.  I hope Mr. Right has your qualities of commitment and devotion to making it work.  And for truly loving me at my worst as much as my best.  With you it wasn’t about how I looked, but who I was.  Thank you.

You…the chemistry.  Lawd have mercy.  Pause.  Breathe.  Brush your shoulders off….

You, not quite a friend but neither an ex.  Some things don’t need titles I suppose. Mr. Right will have your ability to see right through me into my inner artist and inner renegade…and will encourages both qualities the way you did.  He will provide seamless and endless conversations like you and equally endless creative inspiration.  Love and Light to you, my friend.

That about sums it up…oh wait one more.  For that dude that still has 7 out of 11 of my Jay CDs…

Some things I can’t forgive…I WANT MY CD’S BACK!

Ode to Acorns and Hocus Pocus

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been watching, with a certain amount of patience and reverence, the subtle changes in the atmosphere that mark the coming of fall.  Most markedly and immediately noticeable, the change in weather…very welcomed after a record breaking sweltering summer.  I’m not sure I’ll ever forget what 109 degrees feels like.  Also, I notice the change in people’s conversations, the things we are enjoying and looking forward to in the coming months.  At work, I’ve taken to asking co-workers and customers alike what they most enjoy about fall?  This has deepened my own excitement and anticipation for what the season holds and has also given me insight into the people I’ve spoken with.  Here are some of my favorites:

The State Fair:  Games, Cotton Candy, Candy Apples, People Watching, Carnies…hedonism

Highschool and College Football…Southern traditions

…Tailgating

Halloween…costumes, candy, carnivals, trick or treating, Jack-o-lanterns

                             bet there are no ghosts within a twenty mile radius of New Holland…

Our favorite Halloween movies…Hocus Pocus anyone?

Haunted Houses

                     No doubt, the best haunted house I’ve ever been to is in Lexington, SC.  www.deceasedfarm.com

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Hay Rides

A new school year…a clean slate

Acorns falling from trees

Knowing that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner

Jumping in piles of leaves

Sweaters

Scarves

Muted, warm colors

Blue jeans

Boots!!…In general, fall fashion!

Some of these were mine, most belonged to others…and now they belong to us all.  The change in seasons is a reminder of the subtle cyclical nature of earth, time and life.  With the right attitude, this is something to be noted with awe, respect, reverence and optimism.  The simple pleasures of fall don’t make this a particularly difficult perspective to cultivate.  Happy Fall to All!!