You GUYS. This has to be one of my all time favorite Luxe Team styled shoots ever. Maybe it is because I LOVE everything 90’s ( I even had a 90’s themed 30th birthday party a few years ago haha), but I especially love all things grunge. I grew up in the 90’s, so for me, it is all about the nostalgia. Not to mention I don’t know that any other trend can fully encompass the same cool, dark and carefree vibe with a healthy dose of rock. When I revamped the Luxe Team spokesmodel program this year, I decided to have my girls sign up for the styled sessions that they felt inspired by- and I think it shows because let me tell you, these girls OWNED the rock and roll vamp vibe!! We danced in the rain and sang in the stairwell and had so much fun.
In the weeks leading up to this one, I was looking around for a really clean and bright but urban looking location that wouldn’t be too crowded. I came across the perfect parking garage where the roof was closed for winter. I was so excited. The light was gorgeous there and the sunset there would be amazing! And then…it rained! I wanted to reschedule because in my head I was picturing the creamy golden light I had seen on that rooftop a few weeks prior. But the girls couldn’t make the rain date work. But it turns out the rain was literally the the best thing to happen for this shoot. Sometimes it takes coming out of your comfort zone to help push your creativity, and this shoot did just that. Not to mention what could go better with that dark and dramatic, chill grunge vibe than an overcast day? So we totally embraced the rain- even danced in it haha! And when it started to come down a little too hard, we shot some more in the stairwell, which had the most amazing huge windows letting in tons of natural light.
It takes a team to make these shoots come together the way they do. First off, shoutout to Luxe Team member Caroline for assisting and keeping my gear dry while everyone else got fashionably damp in the rain haha 🙂 And huge props to the beauty team for totally nailing it as they always do! For hair and makeup, I wanted it dark, dramatic and a little messy. Carly from Pins-n-Brushes and our MUA Ashley made it happen!! For wardrobe, we paired a few key pieces from the KRP style closet with some amazing things the girls brought along that matched the grunge vibe. I didn’t want the shoot to necessarily be authentically 90’s, but instead, an updated modern grunge. I think we totally pulled it off! And of course I want to say a big thank you to the first set of Luxe Team 2017 girls to get glam and jump around and laugh in front of my camera. This shoot features three gorgeous members of the KRP Luxe Team Class of 2017: Madi, Bri and Kendall! You ladies rock <3
I wish I could put a soundtrack with this blog. If I did, it would include some Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Hole, STP, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Local H, Radiohead, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Oasis, Weezer, No Doubt, The Cranberries, Sublime, Counting Crows, Nine Inch Nails, and of course Nirvana. I know I forgot some important ones! Ok, I’m off to spotify to make that playlist right now and relive my teenage years 😀 While I do that, you guys can check out this shoot and these gorgeous girls. Make sure you scroll all the way to the end to see them dance hehe 😀
I couldn’t leave you guys with just static images of this- so I went ahead and made a GIF haha 😀
So, in a nutshell, that was our first amazing shoot with the KRP Luxe Team 2017!!! And, in the spirit of all things 90’s, I will also leave you with this quote, from the ever-poignant and insightful 90’s legend Angela Chase from My So Called Life:
“People always say you should be yourself, like yourself is this definite thing, like a toaster or something. Like you can know what it is, even. But every so often, I’ll have like, a moment, where being myself and my life right where I am is, like, enough.”
…..And just for fun, leave your favorite 90’s song or band in the comments!!! ;-P
PS- Stay tuned for the next Luxe Team styled shoot, which will feature a few more of the Luxe Team crew, and will include some super bright colors, some 70’s hair, a few pairs of knee high athletic socks, some big retro shades, oh and a few pairs of vintage rollerskates….coming at you mid-April!