who doesn't love a topiary head?

I'm gearing up for a big photo shoot for the April issue of Hour Detroit this coming week, and I couldn't be more excited. The concept is pretty fantastical, and we're going to incorporate lots of fun props. Exhibit A: the trio of topiary heads I found in milliner Gena Conti's studio. I was there to pull some fabulous hats, and when Gena showed me these, I had to grab them. They're perfect for the surreal, enchanted vibe we're going for, and I can't wait for everyone to see how this shoot turns out!

To check out Gena Conti's gorgeous, handmade headwear, visit her at www.genaconti.com.


it's a mod, mod world

Right before the holidays, I had the opportunity to work with photographer Tom Roche. We've both been working in the Detroit area for years, but we had never collaborated on a project. Jillian Sheldon, a local model who now lives and works in Asia, was home for the holidays, so it was the perfect chance to get a team together for a fun, low pressure fashion shoot. The theme was "1960s It Girl," and with the help of makeup artist Renata Stojcevski, hair stylist Erika Cortez, and some fab fashion, Jillian perfectly embodied the era. Check out more images from the shoot after the jump!