Originally I planned to split this post into two, but I’ve decided to group it altogether in one big post instead. I’d like to share a bit of the behind the scenes of the lookbook and the people who helped make it happen.
Behind the Scenes
First, let’s start with some peeks Kelly snapped throughout the day that didn’t make it into the lookbook.
Anne. I was so thrilled to have her model for the shoot because she was a breath fresh of west coast air. I’ve never shot outside of Chicago before, and with the theme being “Going Places” going to SF and having her as our model felt like the perfect way to launch Jess LC bags. She is also an extremely special person to me because she has changed my life in one specific and deep way: she encouraged me to start blogging seriously when I just started MML. At the time that I launched the site I never expected anyone to read or comment, it was simply a better way to draft a book proposal than using a Word.doc. But her early support and guidance helped me realize I can start helping people right here, right now.
Since that fateful introduction two years ago my life has profoundly changed for the better and I credit her for the success I’ve had with MML and Jess LC to a large extent, online.
So thank you Anne, thank you more than you will ever know.
Though the feel of the shoot is pretty effortless, there was a small amount of tweaking to make each shot looked just right. Here I’m helping Anne get her crossbody bag fluffed perfectly.
During an impromptu shoot in an amazing thrift store (Anne snagged a great gift and some awesome shelves while we set up), we came across this awesome 1930’s meditation chair – which I can best describe as an “urban hammock.” So cool. Though it didn’t make it into the lookbook, it’s definitely worth pointing out.
During a great lunch near the Ferry building Kelly, Anne, and I got to know each other better and discovered a lot of random things that we have in common with one another.
Our second coffee break took us to The Blue Bottle in the Ferry Building that Mr. Lively had raved about before I took the trip.
Though the day was a lot of fun, it wasn’t without it’s share of work breaks as well. Here Anne is scoping out photos from a shoot in Los Angeles that she did for Rue the day before.
Also while in line a very nice couple stood and pondered why we had so many bags and were taking photos. The woman guessed we were shooting a L.L. Bean catalog.
The flower shots we captured were a bit of a surprise to us all. I knew I wanted to capture the tote with flowers inside, and this stand was the closest we got to blooms the whole day. Since the stems were soaking wet, we decided to plop a metal can of flowers into the bag and set it up within the stand for a cute shot.
The very nice man who allowed us to shoot Anne in front of his stand in downtown SF.
After a long-ish day of shooting we celebrated with a glass of wine outside. The perfect way to end the adventure.
The woman behind the lense
Yes, I know. She should have been modeling for us with Anne instead of standing behind the camera. But let’s be honest. I have no idea how to shoot with a fancy camera like that, so I left that job in her capable hands.
I was introduced to Kelly Stonelake by my dear friend Crystal and it we had an instant connection. I knew it was a good omen when I saw that she had a picture of a Westie on her site. We also share the same middle name (Lynne), and her husband and Mr. Lively are peculiarly similar (sidenote: try saying peculiarly three times fast). She also has a pretty sweet day job to boot.
We met on the day of the shooting and if you are ever in the market for a photographer I cannot say enough good things about Kelly. She is on top of every ball imaginable, does a beautiful job with very little set up, and is super flexible (in style and contorting her body for just the right angle).
She’s fun to be around and she sent me pictures the very next day. I can honestly say that if you live in the SF/Palo Alto area, give her a call for any photography you need. She does both large and small projects. Heck, she’ll even help you craft the perfect photo for your dating profile.
Special thanks goes to…
Crystal. She is such a kind and generous friend. Not only did she let me crash at her place during the trip, but she also connected me with Kelly, helped Anne and I, and was an unwavering support for me as I worked to get the bags designed and made. I’m so happy to have her as a friend and I hope to one day live close by… : )
The finished product
Thanks for the shout out…
PS- Thank you Alaina of Live Creating Yourself, Anne of The City Sage, Alli Michelle of Hooray, and Alex of Things That Sparkle for writing about the bag collection! It means so much to me to see such warm support of this new endeavor.