Fifties Shades of Gracie

For my last photoshoot of 2018, in the spirit of Auld Lang Syne, my team and I decided to look back... way back... and re-introduce some 1950's glamour to a 21st century Oxnard beach!

swimwear model gracie phillips pets a dog on a beach in front of a pink wall and wears a black and white gingham one piece swimsuit by Betsy Johnson, swirl sunglasses by Prada, and a red vintage head scarf.
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I worked with professional stylist Sabrina Feldman and Oxnard Makeup artist (and owner of On Location Glam) Frances Marquez to create this look. These talented ladies absolutely nailed this look, and made my job so easy, even helping to hold reflectors and diffusers to get the lighting just perfect for the shot. The saying goes that a photographer is only as good as his creative team, and I can tell you that this is 100% accurate!


A retro fashion portrait of model Gracie Phillips wearing swirl sunglasses by Prada and a red vintage headscarf in front of a pink wall.

It was such a pleasure working with model Gracie Phillips of The Industry LA, who carried with her such a joyful confidence and a really special mixture of feminine elegance and strength that it became impossible to take a bad photo. The swimwear that Gracie is wearing is a black and white gingham one-piece swimsuit by Betsy Johnson, accessorized with black and white swirl sunglasses by Prada, and a red mid-century vintage head scarf.


Los Angeles swimwear model Gracie Phillips wears a black and white gingham onepiece swimsuit by Betsy Johnson, swirl sunglasses by Prada, and a red vintage 1950's headscarf for a retro swim fashion photoshoot.

In post-production, I tried to introduce a surreal element into the images with the color grading in order to give them a retro feel as if they were almost paintings, while keeping the effect subtle enough to still retain the skin textures and details that would keep the images feeling natural and grounded in reality. Let me know below in the comments section if you think I succeeded and what you think of this look - what you like, what you don't like, or what you want to see from me in the future!

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