My original vision for Politiquette was to style photos that were about the fashion without a person, so they could be about my readers. While I love some of my initial posts and the images, especially this floating shoe, it became evident quickly that people want to see a person in clothing.
The photo shoot when I became the subject, in addition to the clothing and locations, was a big wake-up call. I had no idea what I was getting into. I was changing my clothes in public restrooms, dragging a suitcase of items around the city and realized that creating art is not as glamorous as I had envisioned. I love every minute of it, but don’t be fooled.
The universe has a way of working things out when you work hard and put your vision into something. I had heard about this amazing local designer named Ron David Edwards that I wanted to meet. One day when I was scouting shooting locations, I walked into a warehouse across the street from Union Market, standing in front of me was Ron and his collection! This location was opening the next day as a now the now familiar pop-up space known as Lab 1270. Soulmates from the minute we met, this was my first blog partnership, so grateful!
And then I tried on a couture wedding dress, no big deal. I never had thought I would wear a wedding dress on my blog, especially as someone who is single. But when a good friend offered to introduce me to Sareh Nouri and told me I could write about her, the answer was 100% yes. As much as I try to plan what the blog will feature and what content I will produce, most of my great posts happen on a whim. It’s quite exciting and has allowed me to produce work that is even better than I could have imagined.
Drinking on the job is sometimes a good idea. A few months into shooting, it was clear that posing did not come naturally to me. As much as I tried to relax, the photos only became more forced and awkward. The day I shot at Songbyrd was during a DC Soul Sessions brunch. The gracious owner offered me a Mimosa and the dynamic of photos that resulted sure began to change – they were better. Let me be clear, my photo shoots are not booze fest, but I can say I don’t turn a drink down when I am on the job and my only job is to get dressed and pose.
In the spring of this year, Zadig & Voltaire partnered with Politiquette. This was extremely exciting on many levels. Not only am I devoted to the brand, I was able to see the influence and impact that Politiqutte was having in DC. Many people showed up for the fantastic shopping event I hosted and it was an important reminder that I have many people who are looking to me to provide a quality product to them.
This photo sums up the synergy between my photographer and me and the reason that having a good team to work with, no matter how big or small, is important. How nice it has been to go to work and know that I will be 100% supported by someone who I am equally cheering on. Anna is one of the reasons, in her words, that I am “lucky to live in DC.”
One of the most challenging things that happen when you put yourself out to the public everyday and charter a new course for yourself is to maintain confidence. When I look at this picture I remember to keep going, because this magical photo is what bringing style and exposure to iconic Washington, DC is all about.
Politiquette has been labor of love. I could not have done it without the many wonderful creators in DC who have supported me from the minute I met them. How special and beautiful this has been.
Thank you for making this a very happy 1st birthday for Politiquette!