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One of the things I love most about acting is the freedom and sense of play involved with slipping first into costumes, then into characters, and dipping my sensory experience into different times and spaces than those which exist in my real life. Which probably explains why my favorite roles are always in period performances. Fishnets and petticoats and corsetting strings… these are a few of my favorite things!
I’ve always been a freak for mid-century style and design, but the rise of Mad Men has definitely fed and fueled my addiction into a full-on frenzy. (and, apparently, made me an alliteration abuser, ha!) So when our wedding photographer, Dan Chen, was in town and suggested we do a non-wedding-y photo shoot, I knew immediately the direction I wanted to go was back in time, but with our modern sensibilities along for the ride.
We enlisted our stylist friend Tabitha, and had Alpha from Sweet Fuss Hair & Makeup come doll me up before heading out for a day of sassy, retro-riffic fun. I wish my hair could look bouncy and curly like this every day. Or that I wasn’t like a spastic, drunken monkey with a curling iron on my own. One or the other.
First we shot some domesticated day-to-day stuff in our friend Amber’s kitchen. The outfit is Tabitha’s, but I wish it were mine!
The Echo Park Time Travel Mart (aka 826LA). I freaking love this place. It’s a nonprofit where they tutor kids in the back, and raise money selling “relics” like dinosaur eggs, robot feelings in a can, and caveman repellent in the storefront. Sofa king cute. With a tagline like “whenever you are, we’re already then”, who could possibly resist?
I got that red dress at Target after stalking it like a ravenous hawk until it went on clearance for $14 and then it was ON like Donkey Kong.
Our last stop was Alexander’s Brite Spot Diner. Its one of my favorites – the interior is beyond kitschy cozy and mid-century fabulous, but they’re also super vegetarian/vegan-friendly which earns them bonus points with my broke-ass!
Being photographed by Dan is just the best thing ever. His ability to capture feeling, mood, movement, and life are simply awe-inspiring. I never love the way I look in photos the way I do when reflected through his lens. I almost forget I’m looking at a picture of myself… its more just like “wow, what an amazing photo.” And that’s pretty special. He makes me feel like art. We’re so lucky to know him.
By the way, Dan is generously offering a 25% discount to the next person who books with him, along with the promise to donate the funds from that package to Dishing for Dana. Because not only is he just incredibly talented, he’s also got one of the biggest hearts I know.