photography

Come to the Get Your Brand On Afterparty!

After an overwhelming and excitingly swift sell-out of my upcoming Get Your Brand On event for Social Media Week, I want the discussion on personal branding to go even further - with an awesomely nerdy, stylish, boozy afterparty! Generously hosted by the Dunes, doors for the party will open as soon as the discussion wraps at 9pm and will rock until midnight with DJ Jerome Baker III (@jeromebaker3rd) live streaming and tweeting his set. Tweet @ his handle with the hashtag #SMWBrandBeats to make live requests or ask him questions about branding as a DJ for some intense music interactivity! What does your brand sound like?




VERY IMPORTANT DETAILS:
1. Register for the afterparty HERE, but no need to if you're already attending the guided discussion from 7-9pm.
2. Follow @gokateshoot and @jeromebaker3rd to get the link for his live streaming DJ set - we'll blast it out tomorrow so you can listen in if you can't make it!
3. Keep up the dialogue - we'll be hot off a guided discussion on personal branding, so come sip some bourbon and talk branding shop!
4. As usual, sartorial excellence and expression are encouraged but not required - what does your personal brand look like? 
5. IT'S FREE TO COME. BOO YEAH!

See you all tomorrow night!

Know Fashion: Behind the Scenes


As I mentioned, I made a short fashion film for the Know Fashion event and did a large-scale video installation (check it out HERE), so of course I had to attend in full GoKate flair. I wore a men's white button shirt as a minidress, leopard-print tights, and some killer 6" heels (seriously still feeling them!). It was a blast, but of course I couldn't resist take some snaps of the party and backstage with all the models as well. ;) Enjoy...there may even be a little video soon as well. Maybe. 

Get tons more after the jump!


Eliot Payne, designer at Accoutre

Freddy Reyes

The Stussy/Commonwealth team looked streetwear fresh, as usual




Stylist Quincy Jones getting styled by Eliot Payne for the Accoutre runway

Usual silliness.

Victor Zapanta, original badass

Dioni Rey, who brought the house down with her swag and walk



Eric Schulze, co-founder of Thirst DC

Perfect layering. Seriously. 


Songstress Deena Odelle Hyatt, effortless

Sequins on fur on natural hair and great attitude? Sold.

So many people dress for others, or dress to impress, but Natalie just has an excellent sense of effortless style in how she carries herself.


Want.

Actresses Catalina Lavalle and Melinda Diachenko


The perfectly glamourous, effervescent smile.


Runway from the Kolton J. presentation



Getting up close and personal with Tabi Bonney for his performance


Inked

Lisa Markuson channeling a modern swing on French style

I love Ashley's studded jacket (who, me? Loving studs? WHAT?!) ;) 


Best menswear look of the evening? Yes.





Best duo of the evening, form the print to the headwear and hair - excellent



Saved one of my favorite's for last - Stef's smile and "bows on bows on bows" for Accoutre are so much fun!

Doo Wop Beauty Shop


I recently went to the "Doo Wop Beauty Shop" party at DC hair mecca Urban Style Lab, and bumped into some seriously stylish Washingtonians. Enjoy, and have a great day!

Coming up...
Photos from the Ra Ra Rasputin 5-Year Anniversary
Photos from the Worn Magazine Issue 4 party, for Washingtonian Magazine
Photos from the (e)merge Art Fair VIP party, shot for 
Washingtonian Magazine
Photos from VIP, All-Access at Virgin Mobile FreeFest, for Refinery 29
...and other crazy things I can't share just yet, but I promise they're awesome!











My hair stylist and guru Tyler Larish


Fruit Salad


When I was in NYC a few weeks ago, I met up for a lovely lunch and shop with sweet photographer Caroline Lacey of The Concubines, who so happened to be in the city at the same time as I was. We were chatting most of the day away, but here are some little photos I took of her eating the most lovely little fruit salad. Delicious! 

I just got the new Nikon D600 and two new lenses (swoon) so I'm off to play, maybe make a little movie, and do some work in this gorgeous weather. Have a wonderful Saturday! 







Trillectro 2012


I'm a complete music junkie, so when my friends over at DC promo powerhouse DC to BC offered me an all-access media pass to shoot the first Trillectro, a new DC music festival that marries electronic dance music with hip hop, I was in. Stay-in-the-night-before-to-rest-up kind of in, so you know it's serious! With Flosstradamus, Schoolboy Q, Casey Veggies, and Body Language headlining, I was fully hype. I got interested in live electronic music while living in Barcelona in 2009, and just jump at the chance to see anyone major now...my super dancey self loves it! 

The guys were good enough to let me skip the 10am media call (Ha! That was never going to happen.), so I sailed in around 4 and started started chatting with and shooting the talent all hanging out in VIP. Sound check and interviews were long over but the crowd was still reasonable, so I was able to get some awesome shots of what they were wearing to be stage-ready. 

The street style was RIDICULOUS. Potentially the best I've seen since moving to DC. That good. I was having a moment for approximately 6 continuous hours. It. was. AWESOME. Refinery 29 featured some of my style shots, which you can check out HERE.

There are 111 photos. ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN. Check it!




What does one wear to shoot a music festival? This!

An ultra-fem croquet crop top, denim cutoffs that I studded by hand (I think I'm adding more, actually), a silk fringe necklace, leather fringe earrings by Krista of Butler + Claypool, my 1930's Swedish military bag that I can't stop carrying around (it fits my camera perfectly!), signature purple/fuschia lip, and my ultra favorite rugged gal combat boots. A gal's gotta stay safe when she's elbowing her way through the pit!  


People were dancing like mad, EVERYWHERE!


I had access to the main festival, VIP, backstage, and on stage...all of which you'll see in the photos below! Enjoy! 

Printed pants are going to be huge for fall, but lots of people are getting a jump on this trend already!

So many prints! And the little tat...so cute!



Intense nail art is widely becoming the norm, but this chica was rocking some seriously next-level nails

Floral hat, some serious accessories, and a not-so-serious attitude

More printed pants...I love them with the scarf on her bag below


Graphic tribal print mixing

Me! Getting a little sassy, of course.

Mundy Spears, actress and 80s style queen extraordinaire on the left, with a friend rocking local lifestyle brand Goodkin's t-shirt 


Guys from local lifestyle brand The Goodkin

The hat is everything.

A major color palette, and some serious guy style

The backpack is back in a big way, folks! Here's one done right.

Perfect statement shades, with a little eyeliner pop

This is my favorite look from the festival...maxi skirt with a slit to here, bondage top, graphic chest piece, sweet cropped locks. Swoon!

So intense! I love it.



Do you need an excuse to wear lingerie in public? No? OK good.


Some tough fem styling with these tights and boots

Another favorite look...so much wonderful layer play

Hats off to anyone ballsy enough to rock a studded fannypack. 

These tattoos are everything...and her hair...and I've photographed her before!

Hello floral love!

I love her commitment to her military look with this hat and blue lashes


Hat cocked just so - very fedora vibe, but with a baseball cap. Cool street take on classic styling.



These gals sing backup for Mary J. Blige, and have the awesome looks to match! Hats! Prints! Leopard!






Bangs!

The unforgettable ladies of Neon V Magazine



Perfect rings, in "The Pit"




Watermelon socks backstage? Oh yes.



This is all the everything...leopard, metallic pockets, mocassins, accessories...yes.




Great rock and roll vibe


Eyeliner, leather earrings, and great swag



People loosing their shit during local DJ icon Tittsworth's set

Oh hello again! So happppppy!

Mix gingham checks


During the last couple of sets, it started to rain. Not just a little, but a full-blown, oh shiiiiit, well, OK, fine, I'm DRENCHED kind of rain. And while things could have gone horribly wrong, it just made everyone in the audience get even more elated and made the show incredible. I was squeezed and pulled and pushed all over the Pit (the closed off area for the media right in front of the stage) but got some sick shots before heading for a quieter scene back stage. The green on the edges of some of the frames? I had to wrap my camera in a tank top to keep her dry. ;) Check it!


In the pit








Alexander Gorman

Chanel

...and then everyone rushed the stage. And it was awesome.







Just doing the Dougie with Doug E. Fresh. Just another Saturday night...


At this point I'd had enough in the Pit, so I hopped up on stage for the rest of the show. It's damn near impossible to get a bad picture from onstage, let me tell you! I was up for Flosstradamus' set, and despite having it shut down early, it was fantastic! 

Oh, by the way, none of this was shot with a zoom lens...35mm prime the whole time. If you want the action, you have to get up in the action. So that's just what I did. 














The moment before he touched down on this crowd surf






Endless thanks to DC to BC for having me, I had an incredible and loved making history with you guys (if the Post says it, you know it's real!)


Ink and Moonshine

The lovely lady DJ from ESL at the FNO Media Soiree with the most perfect makeup

Summer is waning, the press are asking for my trend picks for fall, Fashion's Night Out (FNO) VIP party and shooting plans are being made (or broken, if I jet to Tahoe a bit earlier than anticipated...), and I can't seem to stop buying booties (no but seriously, I need them). And while I'm ready for fall, I'm still having a blast celebrating the end of summer, and have style photos to prove it. From the FNO Media Soiree to a moonshine-fueled, ultra-late night at the Passenger, I'm loving the edgy city style that seems to get better by the day. 

Photos below. 

And, for those of you who have been asking every day, Trillectro photos are done. They're coming. I promise. Getting #trill in honor of the weekend in a super-ultra-mega post tomorrow, so get hype!!

Matt, at Rue 14, fresh white T and ink

Insanely beautiful color at the Dupont Farmer's Market

Mixed prints and chilling with Holly Thomas, editor of Refinery 29 for DC

Thirst DC co-founder Eric Schulze, with moonshine he brought to an intimate cocktail party I hosted

Shannon Cusello, Manager of salon mecca Immortal Beloved and her hilarious reaction to moonshine


Mick Perrigo, bartender and booze guru at the Passenger, with his ink and trusty scooter

Straight skateboard chillin' outside the Passenger, late night

Mick's style...we met when I photographed him for a Washingtonian Magazine style feature


Tom the chef, in a great summer shirt and porkpie hat outside the Passenger

Dog Days: Andrew Nguyen


Here's some menswear inspiration for your Wednesday. Andrew Nguyen, owner of Rue 14, was rocking some serious urban cowboy aesthetic on a recent boiling Saturday afternoon. I love how modern he makes his Stetson feel with the bandana underneath and the ultra-now printed shirt. Who says men can't mix prints? Enjoy this trio of portraits. 




Dog Days: Casandra


On to more Dog Days summer style (you can see the first two of this series HERE and HERE). Casandra is a fabulous vintage-loving chica who I met at the DC Flea while shopping for some serious finds. My bad gal side fell head-over-motorcycle boots for her edgy tattoos, leopard print, and boots softened by her feminine style (the lips! the hair!). 

Enjoy!




Dog Days: Kate (Me!)


All this week, I'm going to run a little style series I'm calling Dog Days. Since it's been so oppressively hot here in the District, I'm always amazed by how people use fashion to escape the heat. But since I'm never one to ask my subjects to do something I wouldn't do myself, I'm going to start the series off with myself. 

I often have to dress to be able to go from day to night in one look, so my wardrobe is a often a challenge of mixing relaxed and formal pieces. To keep cool in the summer, I love statement-making pieces that also move well and keep a breeze going, so this look is a perfect example. 

Here, I'm rocking a fresh white tank top (from Target or some such) with a silk Rachel Zoe slitted maxi skirt I got a wicked deal on at the Gilt warehouse sale (I followed the girl holding it around for almost an hour and waited until she realized she was too short to wear it, and then offered to take it off her hands lol). I tossed on a vintage handkerchief scarf, some red platform sandals (that are actually life-alteringly comfortable), and my favorite fuchsia lipstick. For jewelry I added my handmade leather tassel earrings, courtesy of my lovely friends over at Butler + Claypool.  I'm fully addicted to them and basically haven't stopped wearing them since I got them earlier in the summer - I love that they add an rugged edge to everything. 

Enjoy the photos and keep an eye out for new posts daily this week! 








Heat Street


It's time for some more sweet street style! I've been out shooting street on assignment for some awesome style publications - most are still under wraps (shh) but THIS set of summer sundresses came out in Refinery 29 last week and I'm really excited to share it with you! I took these other photos while out shooting for that, since I just couldn't resist. You can see why, I'm sure. It's been meltingly hot here in DC (seriously, the tarmac at the runway melted two days ago), so the fact that these Washingtonians manage to look so fresh is a miracle. Hats off, for sure. Enjoy, and happy weekend!

PS - I'm going to TRILLECTRO tomorrow (many thanks to Modi for the all-access hookup!) and will be shooting some awesome festival style and giving away Uber credit and swag. Get your ticket, come find me (tweet me to do that) and show me your rad style. Hope to see you!


There's more!








Dwayne Brice of Hu's Wear is one of DC's most stylish gentlemen, and I took these snaps when I popped into the store to say hey and visit. 




Deena and her wedge sneakers are so incredibly trendy and I love it.


Performance artist Holly Bass getting her sundress spin on

GoKateTravel: San Francisco Film


If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may have noticed that I've been traveling all over the place recently. For one of those trips I headed out to San Francisco for a week for some work, style inspiration, and some serious play. I loved it! I got some serious quality time with my hometown friend Abbey, who is my oldest friend in the whole world (almost 20 years of friendship!). We grew up doing dance together so it was great to bop around the city together. I also got to see my artist friend Katy from Vermont who now lives in SF. It's so nice to catch up with old friend! We traipsed all over the city but spent a huge amount of time in the colorful Mission district, an arty, up-and-coming Mexican neighborhood with great coffee spots, hole in the wall boutiques, and the most mouth-watering tacos I've ever had. 

After the sudden demise of my vintage film camera (DAMN YOU, TINY OBSCURE BATTERY THAT DIED!), I ran out and got some awesome old school disposable cameras. There's something wonderfully nostalgic about going on summer vacation with the same kind of camera I took to summer camp when I was shooting growing up, and you know how I swoon over the colors from film. 

Check out these super-colorful snaps that document one day of my explorations! I took a whirlwind road trip around the city, from the Mission to Dolores Park and the Golden Gate bridge, documenting all the way. This is a tease, too; I'll be jetting back to San Francisco for a trip to Tahoe in about a month, so there's lots more West Coast love to come! Click through, and enjoy.




Abbey and Katy on the way to Dolores Park


The view of the city from Dolores Park


















My first In-N-Out burger, FINALLY! Yum!




I love the beach.




Abbey and I trying on some sweet shades while shopping in the Mission






GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Rikka Johnson


This week for What I Wear to Work, I photographed the lovely Rikka Johnson, manager of Wolfgang Puck's The Source. We had a whirlwind shoot where we raved about designer shoes, wearing family heirloom rings, and mutual appreciation for a robust drink at the end of a long day. I loved her clean-meets-edgy style, particularly her silk cut dress in red and newsprint print; luckily, we got to shoot at the Newseum, so it was perfect! Enjoy the full feature HERE and outtakes here on the blog. 






Summer Guy Style


Last week, I was back in DC for 48 hours in between jetting from Vermont to San Francisco. I was working like a maniac, but managed one evening to be social and out on the town. I was invited to attend a small party celebrating InStyle Fashion Director Hal Rubenstein's new book at the menswear shop Alton Lane. Stylish Washingtonians were about and dressed in their summer finest; at a balmy 105 degrees, even the most fresh fashion fans have to get creative on ways to stay cool. Luckily I had just been shopping in Vermont, which is home to a myriad of intimate boutiques that are a mix of high end and quirky smaller designers. Major swoon every time I go north! I'd picked up a few new pieces (and more than a few new pairs of shoes) that were perfect for the InStyle party! Two snaps of my kelly green dress and studded shoulder bag are over at My Designer Dreams if you'd like to check it out (thank you darling). 

Here are some snaps from the party featuring GoKateShoot favorites (and friends) Quincy Jones, Robert Sacheli, Eliot Payne, and Tara Papanicolas...enjoy, and check out the photos below.










Summer Street: Style and Restaurant Openings


I love bopping around town, and part of that is mixing GoKateShoot business and pleasure; I love being social! Meeting new people and talking about style is one my favorite things to do. Street style photos are close to my heart, because these are the people who inspire me. Thank you to my subjects, who put up with my intensely friendly and effusive self, and for letting me photograph you. The photo above is one of me with three women I was photographing at the Brixton (ah, yes, and I got a haircut, so that's a little preview of the new 'do, many thanks to rockstar stylist Tyler Larish!!). 

Photos in this set are from...

 The G.L.A.M. fashion fundraiser, which I was invited to attend as a VIP. Many thanks to the team for inviting me! 

The opening of the new Taylor Gourmet, which is a DC sandwich shop that I love. Their PR guru, Doug, was a delightful host (and incredibly charming) and the party was AMAZING! 

The opening of the Brixton, the new restaurant and night spot by the gentlemen who own some of my favorites like the Gibson and Marvin's. I'm so lucky to be good friends with the team and was excited to go to the opening. It was a great party with some amazing style: the perfect Sunday! 

Anyway, enjoy the photos! I have more that I can't wait to share. Happy 4th of July, everyone!
















Film Style: Men and Art


You know I love to shoot film, as it is one of those throwback activities that I truly do for love. The lack of control is liberating, and the need to get the shot in one go is empowering. Thus, here are some style film shots to ease you into the weekend; a set of menswear style and a set of the late LATE night set-up of the warehouse art pop-up I collaborated on, the Water Street Project. 

Above is the ever-dapper Grant Harris, menswear aficionado and founder of Image Granted. More snaps below, with even more film photos later this week...enjoy!  





Antonio, of Jack Spade



Eliot Payne and the gentleman of Jack Spade

Georgetown afternoon with Eliot Payne of Accoutre fame...shopping and cocktails at Martin's...old school DC at its finest.




Street artist Billy Mode, hard at work, and other photos from the set-up of the Water Street Project



GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Kassie Rempel


Kassie Rempel is on her game. This stylish Washingtonian is the founder of Simply Soles, a shoe company receiving rave reviews for their exceptional selection and exemplary customer service. She also started her own styling business called Kassie's Closet, and is raising a family. Shazam! As a fellow independent woman focused on her career, I found Kassie to be absolutely inspiring, and enjoyed our talk. I had the pleasure of photographing her for the What I Wear to Work column in Washingtonian this week. Check out the whole feature HERE, and outtakes below.













GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Hon Fest 2012


HONFEST. I'd never heard of this Baltimore tradition before in my entire, New England-originated life. A "Hon", short for the term of endearment "honey", refers to particularly sassy blue-collar women from the Baltimore neighborhood Hampden. A Hon rocks her beehive high, cat eye glasses, and relishes all things fabulously tacky. Hon Fest celebrates the local "Bawlmer" culture in a weekend-long festival filled with ladies and gentleman alike rocking the essential Hon look. 

I went on assignment for Washingtonian Magazine to document all of the wildness. I may or may not have really, really enjoyed dressing the part. Who says going under cover can't be fabulous? There was high-top hair, cheetah print, and enough hairspray to choke a drag queen...naturally, I loved it. You can find the feature HERE, but I have some of my favorite outtakes below. 
















Pre-Seersucker Soiree



Whee! How do you know it's summer? Flowers! Little whispy dresses! Hats! All of these things came together perfectly for a little Pre-Seersucker Social Soiree we held at Proper Topper, a local institution of a boutique. I've been going since I moved to DC and am always wowed by the lovely little bits and bobs, from books to sweet hats and dresses, that I lust over. I never had to worry about buying gifts, since I could just pop in to the store the day of and know that I would find something. Divine! 

Proper Topper paired with Dandies & Quiantrelles, the Washington Post's FW Magazine, and I to throw a sweet petite soiree to benefit the DC Public Libraries. We had hat-making, pink champagne, and the loveliest little cookies to munch on as we shopped and bopped around. There was even a style-themed pop-up library courtesy of the stylish DC librarians. Of course, everyone got very dressed, and it was lovely. Check out the photos below, and skip over to the Proper Topper blog for their post HERE.






So much amazing color! I love her modern take on a vintage look.

Butterflies for your hat? Yes please!

Dandies and Quiantrelles founder Eric Channing Brewer looking dapper in a mixed summer suit


Seersucker Social is this Saturday...there will be a stylish bike ride followed by a party at Hillwood Estates. You can get more information and tickets HERE


Think you know what a librarian looks like? Think again! Behold, the modern (stylish!) librarian! 



Holley from the Washington Post was looking sweet in lace and chambray. 






Laser-cut purple suede shoes? Yes please!




Of course, man-about-town and menswear guru Eliot Payne was present with some of his handmade bow ties for Accoutre.






Dots and flat in patriotic hues were certainly a trend


Performance artist Holly Bass always looks divine



But this wouldn't be a library benefit without a little book talk! Summer reading is starting, and we're all excited to tote a good book to the beach, roofdeck, or pool. We asked some of the attendees to identify what reading inspires them to do. Here is what they said: 









Even I got in on things!


Thank you, looking forward to seeing you all at Seersucker Social on Saturday!

GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Elaine


I photographed the lovely Miss Elaine for my column What I Wear to Work in her gorgeous, completely to-die-for house in the H St corridor...major interior decorator swag on top of great personal style. Look at that color blocking! And the wall paper! So much chic inspiration all the way around. We had a blast shooting on Memorial day, and I'm excited to share a few of the outtakes with you! You can find the whole article HERE

Silver Louboutins. That's really all I need to say. 

Dots add such a whimsical touch to these blood orange pants.

First of all, look at her bedroom. Gorgeous. I'm totally swooning over those pillows, and I love the combination of her peplum skirt color with the teal walls. Yum!