The other week, I shared a few pictures of Betsy Magazine, my final project for my Typography class. A lot of you requested I post the full digital version, so here it is!
I wanted to create a magazine with the aesthetic of Drifter & the Gypsy: Fun, whimsical and feminine. Looking back at the magazine, I realize how much PINK is almost in every. single. spread. I find this funny because as a child, I avoided pink since it was so stereotypically girly. However, as I get older, I find myself gravitating toward the color pink more and more. Making up for all my anti-pink years I s’pose!
A classmate of mine told me Betsy Magazine reminded her of the quirky girl version of Seventeen Magazine. Mission accomplished!
All photographs that appear in the magazine were taken from Drifter & the Gypsy: here, here, here and here.
The last project for my Typography class before spring break was to design a magazine. This, by far, was the hardest project (helllooo learning InDesign on the spot), but also the most fun for me. The requirements for the project were loose and open-ended: We could choose any topic of our choice, use any pictures (as long as they were our own), etc. just make it look good. Even better if it looked great.
I named my magazine Betsy because I picture a girl named Betsy as someone who likes fashion, but doesn’t take it seriously. (Like me.) Also, the name Betsy is old and I am highly influenced and inspired by vintage style. You probably recognize all of these pictures from Drifter & the Gypsy! I chose to use pictures from my Warby Parker shoot as well as Summer of ’63.
Let me know if you’re interested in seeing the digital files of the entire magazine and I can post those sometime soon too!
This past weekend, I uncovered some film I got developed but never shared on the blog.
Perhaps it’s because the weather is getting warmer and the summer season seems just a breath away, but I got really nostalgic for these pictures. I don’t take film pictures nearly as much as I’d like to these days–digital photography is just so much easier–so I treasure moments like these captured perfectly on a beautiful roll of film.
With analog photography, even accidental shots like this are dreamy:
This day was the same day with Kate and AnnaI blogged about 1.5 years ago; I just never shared my own pictures from the day, so here you go. I’ve said this before, but I love the little neighborhood where we took these pictures: Rockridge. It’s part of the city of Oakland but so full of shops, restaurants and pretty homes, it could be should be a city of its own. I was recently talking to someone who said they like Oakland better than San Francisco. I still think I’d rather live in a charming San Francisco Victorian home, but this is quite lovely as well.
PS. To see pictures of Rockridge homes, click here.
I had this photo shoot idea in my head for a few months now and finally got to execute it on my last school break, right before the new year (which oh my gosh seems so long ago!!). The two young girls are not models; they are just some (pretty) girls of family friends whose mothers so graciously allowed me to borrow their kids for the day. I am really pleased with the result and that I was able to do something creatively for myself before school started again. The shoot was loosely inspired by the song Guardian by Alanis Morisette, which I don’t really like that much (heh), I just liked the idea of a protector/mother figure over a child and wanted to translate the concept to photography.
I found this sitting in my computer archives and had to laugh. I thought these pictures would never see the light of day, but now they are just too good not to share.
Back when I was applying to SCAD, I entered their Challenge Scholarship Competition. I found out about the competition pretty late in the game and the photography challenge had already ended. Darn. The only challenge left (besides some sort of dress-sewing competition) was their accessories challenge. The accessories challenge was to design an innovative handbag that was functional in real life. I sure didn’t have enough time design and so sew a fancy dress (I only had 1 week until the deadline), so I chose to enter the handbag/accessories challenge. Being a nana at heart, of course I had to do something painfully nana-ish: Grandma’s Brag Bag.
For the grandmother who can’t talk enough about her grandkids, who needs to be toting around a wallet full of school pictures? This bag is sure to stir up conversation wherever she goes. The clear pockets make it easy for grandma to update photos as her grandkids grow. It also comes complete with detachable bag that can be used as a carry-all for when she babysits the kids for the day.
Some of the pictures are my own baby pictures (can you guess which ones they are?) and some of them are random pictures I found off the Internet haha (hello Google Images). If you see your picture here, do know it was used for an educational cause!
Unfortunately I didn’t win. But I still had fun making it. I’m waiting for the perfect grandma to give it to. My grandma (thankfully) isn’t like this haha!
I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty nosy person. Nosy in the sense that as much as I love to look at a final product, I love a sneaky peak behind the scenes, maybe even more. I love seeing what the surroundings looked like the moment a shot was taken, what was the team wearing, how large was the team, etc. Sadly, no one usually takes behind the scenes pictures of my shoots other than some quick snaps on their phones, but that just doesn’t compare. For my Bella Blue shoot, I asked my friend Helen to take some behind the scenes shots with her camera. I had such fun seeing how I look while taking pictures. I hope you enjoy!
What the pool looked like from the observation deck:
Isn’t the lighting dreammyyy??
Pssst if you missed my Bella Blue shoot, go here. Also, check out the full series complete with all the final images on my website.
Here’s a shoot I did last month for the Material Girl Magazine blog. The model was a girl named Isabella, the beautiful younger sister of a model I’ve worked with before (although the shoot we worked on together has not yet been released). This shoot was inspired by ballet, mermaids, and other beautiful creatures of the sea. We shot at the most amazing pool in the world at the Berkeley City Club, which was designed by Julia Morgan, who was also the designer of Hearst Castle. The stylist was my friend Helen, a ballerina, who kindly lent us her ballet leotards for this shoot.
About a girl named Bella who lives at the pool, except she only comes out after hours. She is very lonely and longs for companionship, but has been forbidden to be seen in public.
photography: micaela hoo (me!)
styling: helen grace lahey
model: isabella sofia
clothing: vintage, stylist’s own shot on location at the Berkeley City Club.
More photos from this series can be seen on my website here.