Shooting up.

Vibrant colors, saturated shots, and dynamic layouts are just a few of our favorite things about one of our favorite set of eyes behind a camera, Jamie Nelson. If you are not familiar with Jamie’s work it is more than likely you have spotted it in your favorite publication, collective exhibit, or even a billboard.

Jamie Nelson has a vast and lengthy career that rivals photographers twice her age. As a fashion photographer Jamie creates vivid and enthralling storyboards with Candyland-esque color palettes, and pop art inspired  editorials. Although most of Jamie Nelson’s work is for commercial purposes (shooting for brands such as Chanel or for world renowned publications such as Vogue or Vanity Fair) her work is so whimsical and engaging it could easily be hung in a museum.

Jamie belongs to the ever growing population of creatives in New York City that work for themselves and tirelessly chase after any opportunity that could boost their career,

“I have always worked for myself. I struggled for what seemed like an eternity in New York, but it finally paid off. Putting time and effort into yourself and sticking to your passion will always pay off…eventually!”

Her words bring hope to all of us in the industry who have been either looking for that big break or are just trying to finally escape our desk job. Jamie has been educated in photography and credits her time at school for helping her fine tune her work. Much like any designer or creative, a photographer is only as good as their team. Jamie understands that the devil is in the details,

“Hair, makeup, and art direction are a huge part of bringing the image to its final aesthetic result.”

We at Team K could not agree more. Sticking with an art form you truly enjoy and work hard at will only get you noticed. Even if it is nothing more than a few struggling artists and designers getting together to expand their portfolio the more collaborations the better. Not every job will pay your rent, but it only takes that one person in the industry to come upon your portfolio and launch your career.

Jamie stuck with her passion and works hard to perfect her craft. She admits to using photoshop to touch up her images, but only to a point. Like every photographer she touches up blemishes and loose ends, but her signature look is all generated on set and in camera. Using this mindset Jamie was able to translate her fine-arts education into a career in the fashion industry,

“I started out doing fine-art. Ironically I have never been too concerned or obsessed with the fashion industry. The aesthetic and art in fashion imagery is what interested me initially. I still see fashion/beauty photography as art and do not tend to focus on branding or advertising of the products themselves.”

Her ideals on the industry further support and explain our reaction to viewing her work. Jamie’s work easily translates from an advertisement in a magazine into something you would die to hang in your living room. Her focus on the fine details in the human form can be seen consistently throughout her shots. She focuses greatly on the nuances of the human expression; whether it is a slight eyebrow raise or a pucker of the lips her beauty shots are just as dynamic as a shoot on location.

It is this level of dedication that kept Jamie striving to make it to the next level. Even when she was at a position that did not speak to her creatively she made it her own and never sent out mediocre work. This is a very important trate to have in your arsenal. It mirrors the belief of dressing for the job you want not the one you have. Shooting for greater than what is expected will only benefit your career. No matter how big or small the client all you have in this industry is word of mouth and your reputation.

Jamie hopes to one day shoot for creatively infused publications like Numero that will let her work speak for itself. With her tight grip on her camera and understanding of the industry she is more than well on her way. Jamie also hopes to one day shoot for Alexander McQueen, and to be honest we would more than love to see her handling of his dramatic prints and proportions.

To see more of Jamie’s work click here to see her personal website. To follow Jamie’s work and inspiration as it happens click here


Incredible Ink.

Most recently we at team Kouturtion have found ourselves attending more and more photo shoots. One of our favorite and most recent were test shots featuring one of our favorite NYC based ink slingers, Mandy Fabrizi.

This tattooed vixen sports a healthy coating of ink herself. With two full sleeves and a wide variety of intricate painterly tattoo work, that’s right painterly, she embodies the pin-up mentality. Mandy has a strong background in fine arts that is clearly reflected in her work. Her mastery of color theory and composition rings true to the old masters. With Mandy you will be comforted to know that you aren’t just getting an original piece, but a work of art.

Mandy draws from the ever growing pop surrealist movement and focuses heavily on detail and trending in the industry. The combination of skill set and keeping up with the competition you are guaranteed quality work. Mandy’s inkings are so highly admired and recognized she works as a part-time model and has been plastered all over everything from posters to magazine layouts.

Most importantly Mandy understands that every tattoo has a meaning and a personality and will go out of her way to find the right fit for you. So if you are looking to get your first tattoo, or fill in that last free space, call in an appointment with our illustrated glamazon at Glamour Garage in NYC.

To see more samples of Mandy’s work  and book an appointment click here.  Interview with the artist coming soon.

What happened last night?

A question that comes up all too often in this city. In between the bright lights and bar tabs some nights fall between the cracks, but we can’t get this past one out of our minds.

The extremely talented and non-stop energetic beat blasters, Johnathan and BPRO, have been playing on loop in our heads since we saw their last show. The venue was packed, but everyone was hooked on the sound that we can only describe as Prince slapping Daft Punk across the face while David Bowie watched.

Jonathan and BPRO Photogrpah by Santiago Felipe

Johnathan and BPRO have taken electro-pop to a new level. The high energy fusion of sound and visuals drags you in, but the connection between the artists and the fans keeps you coming back. We can only describe the experience as stumbling across that one song that has been in the back of your mind since you can remember, and finally being able to put a name to it.

Performance at Sugarland Photo by Holly Van Voast

The scene savvy duo have perfected the balance of relatable lyrics and making their sound one of a kind. One of our favorite tracks by Johnathan and BPRO captures the essence of a common experience in NYC, “What Happened Last Night“, but seeing it live is definitely an experience. Jonathan belts out the lyrics, and before you realize it you are singing right along with him. Simultaneously you are mesmerized by BPRO beats, and your night belongs to them.

The duo have a rare combination of sound, looks, and reliability which does not come around too often. The last time we saw that mash up was a few years back with Semi Precious Weapons, and they are now playing packed stadiums all around the world. In short we see Jonathan and BPRO blowing up in ways they themselves could not even imagine.

If you want to see the band preform live (and trust us… you do) they have a steady gig the last Friday of every month at Sugarland Bar NYC. Remember to bring a camera because between the dancing and the music you might find yourself not remembering what happened last night. This Friday Jonathan and BPRO kick off their new party Flash Pop. Don’t miss out.

For more free music downloads and info on Jonathan and BPRO click here. Interview coming soon so stay posted.