24

BY BEX BRENT and OLIVIA COTTIS

PHOTOGRAPHY - JADE WEAVER STYLIST - HANNAH JENSEN MUA - AMANDA KISONA

24 was inspired by the character 11 from stranger things. 24 lives in her own world; a survivor; a beautiful stranger you are yet to meet . One whom observes the world with pure eyes . It was also the 24th day of the month so we named her after this.

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We wanted to showcase a Wellington stylist called Hannah Jensen or “style shrimp” and introduce the photography of Wellington based mega talent Jade Weaver.

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Hannah has the most incredible collection of vintage clothing and also works on Saturdays at Wellingtons Caughley where she sourced some additional pieces. I asked her what direction she took with the styling, she said,

“Inspired by the naughty 90’s, the styling reflects the edge of the era clashed with feminine textures and patterns. Tying into natures exterior, colour tones complimented the environment while letting bold, jarring strokes of neon stand out. Leather, tulle, thick chunky footwear and structured silhouette combinations gave our model the true badass aesthetic.”

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Jade Weaver is a maverick of the arts and long time collaborator of Willis York, who is a photography major. She mentioned wanting to get back into editorial fashion photography so naturally I jumped at the chance let her capture 24. I trust her vision and the results are incredibly beautiful.

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Amanda Kisona is a talented make up artist who can be found tutoring the next generation of artists at Te Auaha. We used the color palette the stylist had chosen for 24 to wear as our starting point for the make up. I wanted a bold strong warrior like vibe for the make up. I asked Amanda her thoughts about this shoot;

“ After collaborating with the team, the overall feel for the shoot got was a strong, empowered woman with a warrior vibe. The focus is on the strong eye inspired by the current Pantone living coral colour paired with minimal skin. Its makes the look punk, its rebellious”

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Rune is a young woman who I have worked with since she was 14 and I created this shoot with her face in mind. Before the shoot, I always give a model the full brief , i.e the photographers moodboard, the stylists vision , hair and makeup looks and most importantly the muse she is to portray. Rune is a dream to work with and I cant wait to see where the future takes her. She is with Kirsty Bunny management .

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BEHIND THE SCENES …

We purposely left Rune with re-growth colour in her hair to give a wonderful multi dimension colour and raw feel to the finished look. Using L’Oreal Professionnel TechniART liss control we created a smooth foundation to begin working from. We then sectioned her hair into 8 vertical sections and systematically worked in squares tying off the hair to mimic cornrows or chain mail. The knots were left visible to give a home made armor look. Because it was a classic Wellington windy day and we were shooting out on locations , we applied TechniART fix max in between the rows to seal the hair and finshed with a dusting of TechniART ring light.

We purposely left Rune with re-growth colour in her hair to give a wonderful multi dimension colour and raw feel to the finished look. Using L’Oreal Professionnel TechniART liss control we created a smooth foundation to begin working from. We then sectioned her hair into 8 vertical sections and systematically worked in squares tying off the hair to mimic cornrows or chain mail. The knots were left visible to give a home made armor look. Because it was a classic Wellington windy day and we were shooting out on locations , we applied TechniART fix max in between the rows to seal the hair and finshed with a dusting of TechniART ring light.

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The reality of a great photo shoot is how much effort everyone involved contributes. From applying make up, art directing examples of poses , lugging clothing and camera equipment up hills, holding bounces, driving to locations, cuts and bruises and braving the elements - no photo shoot is the same, but this is why we love what we do. We had such a creative hilarious fun day and I hope this inspires you to get out there and CREATE.

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