On Saturday I had the privilege to work with one of my favorite designers and my dear friend Candice Held. Although we've been working together for three years, we've finally done a shoot that really captured the essence of her art.
It was a little overcast as we drove up PCH to Malibu, but we couldn't complain. Slightly over overcast weather creates a natural light box, so we knew the light would be perfect. Candice, Sherri the makeup artist, and I pull over on the side of the highway to meet up with the photographer Steven Zhao. He'd found a good spot to shoot, so his crew was setting up.
Shooting at the beach means fighting a number of elements you would never encounter in the studio. I had to change clothes inside of a makeshift changing room (actually just a sheet held up by the crew) with a bunch of hooligans yelling in the too-close-for-comfort background. While shooting, the ocean breeze kept blowing my hair in my face, so my extensions kept sticking to my lip gloss. Some random kid with a camera and a lens big enough to catch my nose hairs from five miles away was taking pictures of our photo shoot. I swear he looked like paparazzi. And finally, a couple of dogs took a crap in the spot we'd been using to shoot.... thank goodness we'd decided to move elsewhere.
Candice is honestly the sweetest person I've ever worked alongside. She is the embodiment of her designs: soft, delicate, bold, and feminine. Candice was once a dancer, so she knows what fabrics and cuts to use to accentuate a woman's body. Her work is more sensual than sexy, but it still drives the boys wild.
Check out more designs from Candice including her one-of-a-kind vintage scarf pieces at www.candiceheld.com.
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