Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rock Gods: Led Zeppelin

Peter Tosh, John Bonham, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
The “heavy metal” kings Led Zeppelin began their reign as blues-rock musicians who later introduced folk music (in addition to other genres) as in their most famous recording, “Stairway to Heaven”. They preferred album-oriented rock as opposed to singles.

Trying to listen to Zeppelin on your ipod may prove difficult but if you have a turntable it will force you to listen to every track compilation-style rather than to solitary songs. That way their entire album relates as an experience as they had intended it to be. 

It was this freedom of expression and high standard musically that translated to their style as well; Unique, innovative, wild and sexy. Graphic tees, blue jeans, open shirts, beaded chokers, sunglasses, leather and long wild locks were their uniforms. Infusions of color, floral patterns and a myriad of sloppy, bohemian clothing that looked like it came from the nearest thrift shop were staples in their fashion diet. Led Zeppelin preferred to push against prevailing norms in their dress as well as their music. The band’s long reign lasted several decades and ended with the sudden death of drummer John Bonham in 1980.

What a great lesson in being who you are, on your terms, for as long as you can.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Day the Life: Estelle, 13

Estelle was trying her hardest not to smile for the camera. Tall and slender with big green, gold eyes and a full pout, she would glare at me every time I pleaded, "Look at me Estelle!" It wasn't that she was uncomfortable being photographed; it was that it was I on the other side of the camera. I’m her mama, the one that has been washing her tights and leotards for 10 years. Because, you see, Estelle is a ballerina. I tell the story of her dancing in the womb, gently pushing her hands and feet against the side of my tummy.

It’s true and she lives it to this day, pushing her hands and feet gently, not against my tummy, but against the studio air. She also manages to finesse the dance of leaving the nest while she keeps her eyes and ears at home. Because she is 13, she is entering one of the most exciting times of her life. As a teen Estelle wanders away from me a little bit every day. She does so with a graceful awkwardness. She is loving but tough as nails. She is confused yet has her feet firmly planted on the ground. I often marvel at her dance of life, so thoughtful. Her every move, however reckless, is carefully rehearsed and her positioning always perfect.

I spent some time photographing Estelle Sunday afternoon; Texting, filing her fake nails, texting, watching Fanboy and Chum Chum, texting, resting, texting, taking off her fake nails, snarling at the camera, re-doing her real nails, and texting.

Read all the deets on Estelle and scroll down for more photos of this beautiful girl. 

10 things I ♥:
  1. Friends
  2. Doing my nails over and over and over
  3. Crimping my hair
  4. Drawing
  5. Cody (my BF)
  6. Scary things
  7. Twinkie (favorite stuffie)
  8. Dancing
  9. Not smiling for the camera!
  10. Overdosing on my iPad- Psych and Bones

Top 5 on my playlist:
  1. So Sick, Ne-Yo
  2. Deuces, Chris Brown
  3. Mirror, Lil Wayne ft. Bruno Mars
  4. Where Dem Girls At, David Guetta ft. Flo Rider and Nicki Minaj
  5. How to Love, Lil Wayne

Fav Nom Noms: 
  1. Twix
  2. Skittles
  3. Milky Way
  4. Three Musketeers
  5. Fritos

Designer and Shopping Reveal:
  1. Coach shoes
  2. Nike dunks
  3. Adidas jackets
  4. Vans sneakers
  5. F21 everything
  6. Betsey Johnson dresses
  7. Papaya everything
  8. VS Pink
  9. Aeropostale
  10. Juicy hoodies

Photography by Justin Gollmer, Styling by Kamie Kahlo, Hair and Makeup by Vanessa Phillip