Dancing in the Dark

We shot with Jaime last summer and have been looking forward to another shoot ever since. Knowing she was a trained ballerina we wanted something a bit darker, perhaps even Black Swan inspired.

Photographer: Ansel and Opie
Stylist: Ansel and Opie
Make-up: Shelby Stingley
Hair: Tonae Monique
Model: Jaime Henderkott, Agency Galatea

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On location with Lexie… sort of

Lexie Tapper makes a quarry a little less rocky and a lot more chic.

An early snowfall forced us to move our planned location shoot indoors but we still wanted a “location” shoot. So we decided to attempt to fake it. Shooting on location and the dropping the subject into a background is no easy task. Lighting direction and quality must be matched so careful planning and lots of pre-production must be done. Then tons of Photoshop to achieve the resulting images. Lexie Tapper is an amazingly talented model and gave us some great images by themselves. Adding the quarry environment, made them just a bit better. We hope you like them as much as we do, enjoy!

DRESS: BCBG (The Boutique) NECKLACE: Topshop

SHIRT: Alexander McQueen, COAT: Rachel Zoe, SKIRT: By Johnny, SHOES: Candies, TIGHTS: Lemon

DRESS: House of Zhivago, HAT: Nine West, GLOVES: Fownes Brothers, SHOES: Nine West, TIGHTS: Lemon
TUX DRESS: Rachel Zoe, TURTLENECK CROP: Nytt, SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker, SHOES: Candies, TIGHTS: Lemon
TOP: Equipment Femme, SKIRT: Mason, COAT: Ms. Selfridge, TIGHTS: Lemon
DRESS: Lanvin, BELT: Ms. Selfridge

Photographer: Ansel and Opie
Styling/ Hair: Ansel and Opie
Make up: Shelby Stingley
Model: Lexie Tapper, MA @kiraalexander Benz Models, NEXT Model Miami, New York Model Management, Freedom Models, The Peak Agency, Caryn Model and Talent

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Editorial Outtakes

Back in November we posted Not Your Boyfriends Jeans, these are a few outtakes from the end of the day featuring some Lanvin couture and Loewe.


Photographer: Ansel and Opie
Stylist: Ansel and Opie
Hair and Make Up: Misty Blank
Model: Megan Axne, The Peak Agency

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Oxblood Fashion Show Promo Video

Oxblood Fashion Show, the video

Last October Ansel and Opie styled and photographed the Oxblood Fashion Show in Des Moines. It was a great night and a terrific event full of entertainment. If you haven’t seen the images of all the looks, check them out here. Then watch the awesome video that was put together by Luminary Creative.

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All About Texture

Photography: Ansel and Opie
Styling: Ansel and Opie
Make-up: Shelby Stingley
Hair: Thompson & Co.
Model: Tamia Ayoki-Davis, Creation Model & Talent Management

Tamia also rocked the runway in the Oxblood Fashion Show in Des Moines

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Oxblood Fashion Show

Oxblood Fashion Show hosted by Royal Flooring

Oxblood Fashion Show was an amazing runway show with an impressive production. No detail went un-noticed. Hosted by Royal Flooring  and produced by Misty Blank. Ansel and Opie had the amazing opportunity to style every look and perform a live fashion shoot for the show. The best part was working with all the amazing talent, many of whom we have worked with before. Make up was done by the amazing Misty Blank, Shelby Stingley, and Tonae Monique. Hair provided Thompson & Co Salon Parlor. The illustrious models; Cecilia Adamski, Arjana Ejupi, Tamia Ayoki-Davis (keep posted for Tamia’s shoot), James Alexander, Jamie Henderkott, Meredith Torvik, and Megan Axne. Video provided by Luminary Video & Media Production. Dj and lighting by BCP Live (I’m sorry I forgot to turn off the projector at the end of the night) And a huge thank you to the all the volunteers and the Iowa State Fashion and Design Program volunteers, we could not have accomplished this without you. A huge thanks to Maxwell/Liebl for bringing all the talent to make this even happen. Special thanks to Velvet Coat, Francesca’s, Nordstrom Rack West Des Moines, Peplum and Paisley and The Boutique for providing all the apparel.

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