starlight creative shoot

Once in a while, when I'm lucky, an idea will begin to take shape in my mind. I can't remember the precise moment when this concept began forming, but I imagine it happened one night, after a few glasses of wine, when I tilted my head back to stare up into the autumn sky. I had a vision of people shimmering in the darkness, with glints of silver and white against navy. As the vision became clearer, I decided this would be the perfect concept for a final creative project before our big move.

When it came to casting, I thought it would look really cool if I could find some models who were very fair, and had pale hair to match, so that they could be luminescent in the dark setting. When I asked Sabina--who modelled for me recently--if she had any blonde friends, she remarked wistfully, "I used to be blonde..."

"Well, how you would you feel about wearing a wig?" I asked.

"I'm totally up for it!" she exclaimed.

My friend Tiffany also joined the project, and even bleached her hair for the occasion, though she ended up wearing a lopped off version of the wig from my halloween costume for the latter half of the shoot, as it worked better in the lighting at the final location.

This shoot was particularly special to me as I was lucky to be able to feature the beautiful work of bling slinger extraordinaire Rachel Dhawan of Brazen Design. Rachel specializes in making gorgeous creations in sterling silver. Brian and I have both purchased items from her collection before, and I instantly thought of her silvery wares once I'd defined the theme. She kindly lent me over a dozen pieces to feature in these photos, and I can't thank her enough for trusting me with these precious designs.

This shoot was intended to be purely experimental, an indulgence for my imagination. Oh man, it is full of mistakes, and there are so many things I would do differently next time, but it was full of great lessons. This is what creative shoots are for--to take risks go a little crazy, be accountable to yourself, and learn a hell of a lot in the process!

All that being said, I will be honest with you and tell you that I am very happy with how this shoot came out in the end. It's a tribute to the beauty of the models, the jewellery, and the velvety splendour of an autumn evening.

A watercolour painting of a starry night sky was my inspiration. After taking the photos, I painted this picture to accompany the shoot, and to provide a backdrop for the gorgeous jewellery.

The two makeup looks I conceived were a very pale, silvery white look, and dark and glittery smoky eye. Either of these would be perfect for any holiday party. To give their skin an ethereal shimmer, I mixed a foundation one shade lighter than their skin tones with an illuminating cream (I used St. Tropez Skin Illuminator) and set the foundation with a mineral powder (MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade).

Thank you to everyone involved! And remember, if you love Rachel's work, her jewellery makes great Christmas gifts. I know because I've got this necklace on my wish list and Brian absolutely loves a version of this one that I bought him for Valentine's Day.