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A new series of posts will celebrate the act of seeing and sharing images by presenting pictures centered around a theme. Over the years we've created many evocative images that have barely seen the light of day. We can't wait to pull them out of the archive and share our treasures with you. If you have ideas for themes for future posts, share them with us on facebook. Hope you enjoy!


We are all inspired by live music, and really enjoy documenting performances. This week we are featuring passionate musicians in the midst of their artistry. 

San Diego High Tea

This winter Readyluck photographers, Jacqueline and Jonathan jetted off to sunny San Diego to photograph a styled inspiration shoot at a decadent 6-acre historic estate. Our amazing team of earth conscious event and style connoisseurs organically integrated their artistry into the idyllic setting. The vision came alive as a high tea setting with a bohemian edge. We imagined a group of artists breaking into their grandparents' mansion and digging through their treasure troves. 


Our ‘green’ stylist, Carlee Gerardi co-directs Green with Envy Events, a full service event design and production company. They specialize in creating innovative and stylish events that leave a lasting impression on the guests, not the planet. Carlee rummaged around San Diego to craft a decadent setting, breathing new life into objects both borrowed and thrifted. Re-using dried roses, she also collected manzanita branches and grew her own moss to incorporate throughout.


Our resident chef, Marci Flaster of To Dine For San Diego, handcrafted tea sandwiches and color conscious grilled vegetables for our models to snack on. They were served on her grandfather's 100 year old China set! She is very passionate about good, clean and beautiful food, which inspires her efforts to create and blog about delicious, seasonal and phenomenal looking food. Cheese lovers should visit the Cheese Store of San Diego, her latest food venture. Greg, the artisan behind Paromi, provided sustainably packaged teas, “accented with fruits, spices, herbs, flowers, and essential oils. They are typically produced by small farms which pool their crops.”


Clothing stylist and former San Diego boutique owner, Michelle Kavieff gleaned designer vintage items from her own amazing collection. The graphic Missoni dress model and artist Maha Camianos wore was a really special piece!. Ashley Bendett’s hair and make-up artistry brought the look together seamlessly. She interpreted our boards creatively and really delivered a ‘period’ yet contemporary look. 


Model and jewelry designer Julie Simpson of Jeweliany is passionate about creating a line that blends art, function, beauty, and grace. Each piece is handmade in San Diego and is carefully constructed with prioritizing eco friendly materials. The bohemian headpieces, were both edgy and classic, which created a youthful yet regal style. Julie describes them as “chains mixed with bold crystals and floaty feather charms that dance in the hair.”


More photos to come soon of our lovely ladies doing some golden hour  lounging on the grass with cocktails in hand... 

SB Beauty


We are honored to work alongside Sharon Becker of SB Beauty, the uber-chic makeup ingenue who created the innovative hair and makeup look for our Bushwick beauties last year. This styled bridal shower shoot was featured by 100 Layer Cake. Sharon created an individualized vision for each girl complimenting perfectly the schoolhouse nerdy chic aesthetic crafted by stylist, Molly Hartman of Glitter and Rye. Sharon explains, "I knew that we had to create a modern vintage look, embracing the bright lip of the past but in the new, vibrant, almost neon colors. Hair had to have shape, but softer and more human. Just like with a wedding party, all of our models sported different looks for the shoot, and I had fun with each one."




Sharon told us about how she began her career and what moves her: "I ran into my career by accident, as often happens in NYC and creative fields. I found that I get paid for my love of product and color, and ability to translate the needs of a creative director or bride into reality. It's not just makeup, though - I create relationships because I'm friendly and fun, and I want everyone I work with to feel comfortable and enjoy the experience. The uninitiated may think that my work pops out of my imagination, and it can, but only after preparation. I discuss a photo shoot storyboard and timeline, examining a photographer or stylists' inspiration, as well as a bride's inspiration - it's always a personal vision. My own inspiration comes from everything around me, like a Raphaelite cheek, cherry blossoms, Mick Jagger's sneer, and especially the people in NYC."



Sharon wanted to give our brides some words of advice, "It's so important to hire a professional makeup artist for your photo shoot or wedding. First, it's a matter of perspective, and almost no one has perspective on how they really look. Cameras shoot very honest portraits, so you want to look rested, fresh, and showcase your best features. For the same reason, you want a professional photographer who understands lighting, and can capture moments that the rest of us don't see. When you hire a professional, you know the job will be done right, and you can relax and enjoy the experience!"

We always enjoy working with this makeup maverick, and are excited for our New York area brides to experience her greatness. 


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