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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

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. 



TransFusion Stills


Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing and making several short films with the talented and stylish Deena Odelle Hyatt. Here are some stills of her looks; you can see the rest by attending the DCWEEK Closing Party (tickets HERE), where my short film TransFusion will be debuted (as part of the Ford Artist Grant I received), and Submerge DC, where I will share our collaborative video installation and am one of the featured artists for my still photography work as well. Be sure to register for the Submerge opening on the website above; it's free to get in, but you do have to register. 

Happy Monday, all! 





And what am I wearing for all of this artistic galavanting? Why, layered vintage graphic prints, of course! A little bit tribal and a little bit down home, I can't get enough of layering these pieces as the days get cooler and I have a grower desire for coziness. 

Ziggy Stardust and BIG NEWS




I love Halloween, and always have. What?! It is now socially acceptable for me to wear this insane hat/facial glitter/period-era Civil War ball gown?! I'm in. 

Being the rock and roll-loving girl that I am, this year I opted for a fem take on David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust, complete with face makeup, slick-back, and silver bodysuit. A little much? Of course, that's how you know my love is reeeeeal! You can find my full look (complete with dragstar Vogueing) in this set of pictures HERE, but these are two multiple exposure self portraits I created to document the look. Enjoy!

NEWS!!
I'm showing my work twice in the next two weeks or so! 
I was selected by Ford (yes, the car company) and DC Week creators iStrategyLabs to receive their Ford Artist Grant and create an installation for the upcoming DC Week Closing Party. That will be November 7th, here in DC, and you can find details and tickets to the party at the DC Week website.

I'm also going to be one of the featured artists showing as part of No Kings Collective's Submerge 2012 art festival, the highly-anticipated return of their smash success pop-up gallery. I'll be showing a robust collection of large-scale prints of some of my most personal work. Aside from being some of my closest friends here in Washington, Peter Chang and Brandon Hill of No Kings got rave reviews in the Washington Post about how they're changing the model for the art industry in DC with Submerge and other pop-up events they build out an curate with international artists. After working on several events together, I'm more than a little proud of them, and would love to have you come out for the show. It opens November 10-18th, and you can get all the details HERE.  

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


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!)


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. 






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.










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.