Taylor Warren by Andrew Kuykendall
by Alice Byrne
This elegant, girly and intimate series of portraits was shot by innovative and super-creative photographer Andrew Kuykendall. This exclusive preview of the photographs stars Taylor Warren from Fusion, who is styled by Shanna Nicole and Elissa Aimee in a huge range of iconic labels including Chanel, Phillip Lim, Christian Louboutin, Alexander Wang, Dolce and Gabbana and Alexander McQueen.
Andrew describes Taylor herself as the inspiration of the shoot, stating that he was “inspired to make a fashion story that would be conducive with her energy and look”. The intimate and soft environment works wonderfully with Taylor’s natural style, and we feel the whole shoot works perfectly in this way.
These photographs are put together as a two-page layout, therefore the order in which they are displayed is obviously vital to the overall creative success and overall impact of the collection. We feel that there is something almost cinematic about the way these photographs co-ordinate together, and this is something that is important to the photographer.
“I hope [I create] something that’s both young and timeless, nostalgic and modern. I have a deep appreciation for the use of colour and cinema and hope that is apparent.”
This fashion shoot has the perfect balance of romance, edgy styling and seductive soft make-up. In particular we love the Betsey Johnson black dress. We feel that the creative direction of the shoot works well with the almost scrap-book style composition, and the framing of the photographs. Speaking about the concept of a narrative, Andrew Kuykendall states that “narrative is a fun devise but beauty can be enough on its own as well”. We feel this sums up the shoot perfectly. Whilst there is a hint of narrative and story behind the images, the beauty of the model, the styling and the creativity behind the shots means that they do not need a story behind them to make them stand out. Hair by Sophie Kaspar, make-up by Wendy Karcher.
Photographer: Andrew Kuykendall at LVAplus.com
Stylists: Shanna Nicole & Elissa Aimee at ShannaNicoleandElissaAimee.com
Makeup: Wendy Karcher at Amy Kirkman
Hair: Sophie Kaspar at Amy Kirkman
Model: Taylor Warren at Fusion
Photo Assistant: Ryan James Spencer