Washington DC

Gallery Opening: Pump Me Up at the Corcoran


Last Friday was an intense night for party hopping, with lots of things to shoot! I started my night at the Social Media Week Closing Party (I'll release those photos tomorrow), and then bopped over to the extremely sold out opening party of the Corcoran's new exhibition, Pump Me Up. Detailing the straight edge and go-go movement of the 1980's in DC, the show was as colorful, eclectic and awesome as anticipated. 

The style of the attendees was amazing too - I sailed in in the last 20 minutes of the party and was blown away by how well-dressed everyone was. I photographed a few GoKateShoot favorites, who were making my favorite statements of the evening. Above, performance artist Katie Macyshyn was rocking turquoise and red ombre hair that was to die for, and paired with black rhinestone eye makeup was a strong statement. Read on for more!


Graphic tights are softened by a feminine pink skirt

Models Jackie Okoko and Catherine Pitcher pose with Sheldon Scott - so glad that I'm friends with these sartorial three, they always make such statements!  

Aviator cap? Yes please.


Of course, the stunning Shannon Cusello looks incredible in a graphic print dress

Trend spotting: skinny jersey scarves on men

U.S. Royalty x Submerge


I love shooting rock shows. Maybe it's because I used to manage my friends' band (sexy rock jams HERE) and I get nostalgic, but I love it. And not just front of house in the pit during the first three songs (though that's fun too), but the hang out behind the scenes, ritual and Jameson-laden mundane day to day prep for shows and rehearsals. There's a sense of camaraderie in bands and the people they attract that is hard to find elsewhere in the creative world, and I think it's something worth documenting.   

As part of the incredible programming planned by No Kings Collective in their pop-up gallery Submerge where I showed in late 2012, they brought in the band US Royalty for a raucous basement set that ended up being an intimate industry who's who hangout. They sounded on point and I had fun taking some snaps during the show and at the after-party at DC dive bar extraordinaire, Jimmy Valentine's (no sign on the door, sticky floor, redlight-soaked interior, exceptional atmosphere). The guys have some of the best style in the city, and the crowd was intensely well-dressed as well. Enjoy!






Can't help but love the My Little Pony hair color. WANT. 










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!

Magnifying Details



Here are some portraits I shot of painter and illustrator Martin Swift. His illustrations (you can check them out HERE) are incredibly detailed, so he uses a magnifying lamp to make sure he gets every pen stroke just right. Amazing! I have three of his illustrations in my collection, and you could definitely say I'm a bit of a fan girl! We took this pair of photos one afternoon while co-working together, and I love how they turn his tools on him and make his portraits as detailed as his drawings. 

Have a happy and productive Sunday, everyone! I'm holed up working on some exciting new projects and can't wait to share. 



Ra Ra Rasputin: Live in the Ladies' Room


If you haven't gathered by now, I love documenting the DC underground scene. I love meeting wildly creative people who have been doing what they're doing for years, deadly in their devotion and sheer talent. Since moving here a year and a half ago, I've set out, camera in hand, to meet other creatives in wide and varied fields and make friends. There's nothing I love more than adventurous, intelligent, banter-filled friends, and I often find myself spending the most time with other artists, musicians, and designers. That's how GoKateShoot was born - my desire to make work with and of my creative friends in the District. 

STORY TIME:

Months and months ago, I met Patrick Kigongo during a particularly boisterous mid-week evening out. Turns out that we have 56,793 mutual friends and he always has some kind of Proust library book in his bag and has insanely awesome style and is the guitarist for the DC indie dance rock band Ra Ra Rasputin. Patrick and I became fast friends. We kept in contact via email as plans were made for gritty, behind the scenes photo shenanigans, until I was finally able to go to band practice with them last week. Since the epic underground creative haven Gold Leaf Studios shut down earlier this year (RIP), the band has moved out to a practice space in a Takoma warehouse, where I met them for their Wednesday night rehearsal. 

Dude. The Music. Is. Amazing. At once both rock and holy-hell-I-can't-stop-grooving-like-a-trendy-French-punk-scenegirl (yes, that's a thing), I had a blast shooting as the guys tore through their set for their upcoming 5-year anniversary show at the Black Cat. YOU HAVE TO COME! 

SERIOUSLY. COME. Get tickets HERE, put on something bitchin' and let me take your picture while you dance like a crazy person down in front, or cool out propped against the bar. It's going to be epic. 


Anyway, our shoot. So I took a bajillion pictures of the guys rehearsing (sneaky sneak, I'm releasing them tomorrow or Friday, don't fret!), and then we got to talking about the space, and they casually mentioned that the women's room upstairs had epic wallpaper

Of course I insisted upon seeing it. 

So we traipsed upstairs into the ladies room, the entire band and I. Naturally, a photo shoot ensued, and then we went to the bar. 

This is Ra Ra Rasputin, live in the ladies' room. I recommend hitting play on the video above and then checking out the snaps below; Studio Sessions photos to follow in the next day or two. 










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! 








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. 






Seersucker



I'm remiss! But alas, a new job that I love and lots of travel make me a busy GoKateShoot...but never fear, I'm shooting all the way and wracking up lots of adventures to share! 

So here, finally, even though they've been done for ages and ages, are the photos from Seersucker Social. I know that I usually curate my photo sets to be just exactly the right number, but instead I'm giving you anything worth sharing. Oh yes, gratuitous style photo love! It was a glistening 100 degrees but lots of Washingtonians came out to this summer event that promises style eye candy galore.

I went very neuvo-vintage with floral hot pants, a fringed tank, fuschia brogues, and piles of my favorite accessories. Photo courtesy of the talented Julian Gwyer.


Check out the dozens of photos below, and enjoy! Happy Saturday everyone!





























































GoKateShoot for Washingtonian: Shannon Cusello


Photo has introduced me to many people, including my close friend, the adorable and fiesty Shannon Cusello, manager at trendy salon mecca Immortal Beloved. I met Shannon at the Refinery 29 launch last fall (a moment documented HERE), and we've worked on several projects together since then. Her style is very Brigitte Bardot goes to Austin, all voluptuous flaming hair, French silhouettes, and rockstar girlfriend details. 

I had the pleasure of shooting Miss Shannon for Washingtonian Magazine. I'm slightly behind releasing the outtakes, but here they are! Check them out below, and then bop over to the full post HERE. She's also rocking new accessories from DC accessory designer Ciao Nina...who doesn't love beautiful hair flowers, studs, and bows? 

I'm still in SF working and tearing all over town finding little coffee shop nooks, the best giant avocados I've ever had (35 cents for one?!), and swooning over the street style. Though I was warned by friends near and far that I'd love the city, I've been swept off my feet. I'm falling hard for San Francisco... ;)










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.













Ginger Moxie


I've always had an appreciation for red hair. When I was young, I dreamed of having long, luxurious gingery locks reflective of my love for fellow independent ladies Pippi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables. As I grew older, I came to appreciate the ideas of wildness and independence...and developed friendships with redheads both natural and adopted who embodied that devil-may-care attitude, eyebrows cocked and flaming manes flying. Yesterday after our shoot for Washingtonian Magazine, my friend Shannon Cusello indulged my request to take some photos fully celebrating her hair. The following series is just that; a joyous expression of drama and moxie. 

Hair by Immortal Beloved
 










Plum Dana


This is Dana, a DC-based model with whom I am working for an upcoming project for a magazine. We met up earlier this week to chat about her hair, which has plum tones woven throughout. Beautiful, and so dreamy! I wanted to bring those colors out in post-production, and capture her intensely green eyes. I'm really happy with this outtake and excited to share more soon. We've talked about stylish hair here before, so I thought I'd offer some sartorial goodness in that department.  

Street Peep: Get Arty


Happy Wednesday! Here are some street snaps I've been collecting...summer is definitely in full swing. 


I photographed these ladies at the Meridian Hill drum circle. It was 90 degrees and pretty toasty, so their looks are weather appropriate. Aside from that, they are also incredibly on-trend. Vintage super-crop bra tops walked runways like Prada, challenging women to become a bit more comfortable with a little stomach action. The turban on the right as well; this is a perfect way to rock summer hair. Plus, the pattern trends of print-mixing and polka dots continue at full tilt here. So much amazing personal style!



I photographed this gentleman while walking around Dupont. While you wouldn't necessarily give him a passing glance for his overall look, upon further inspection the detail of his boat shoes makes him very modern. Neon soles! Awesome! 



This is my friend Whitney, who I have photographed before (here and here) for her unique approaches to workwear. Here, she is sporting a floral dress and necklace that are the right balance of stylish and work-appropriate. 


Have a great day!


Thirst for Style: What I Wore


As you may recall, at the end of May I spoke at Thirst DC. I never  ask my subjects (you lovely, stylish people!) to do anything I am not willing to do, so I thought I'd share what I've been spotted wearing recently. Above is my look from Thirst; this vintage 1950's cocktail dress selected by my friend and stylist Elise Peterson was perfect for being on stage. Paired with a bold lip, it made me feel ultra-feminine.