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Behind the scenes at our photoshoot


I thought I’d share a few behind the scenes snapshots I took at our shoot. It was a lot of fun to put together, especially since I had the talent of my good friends Lisa and Rebecca (of Urban Weeds fame), and the lovely Kassandra of The Ginger Suite Salon doing hair and makeup.

As an aside, the shoes above are amazing, aren’t they? The brand is called Red Cross, and they have a little disclaimer on them that says that they are in no way affiliated with the American Red Cross. I did a little research, and apparently Red Cross shoes were manufactured starting around the turn of the century, but during WWII the American Red Cross objected to the commercial use of the name. So I imagine these shoes can be dated to the war era.



The accessories are pretty much all vintage. Some are my own, and others were sourced by myself and Rebecca.



We shot everything at The Cleaners, a perfect naturally lit space at the Ace Hotel. We fancied up the simple white walls with spray painted frames, an idea inspired by an old issue of Blueprint (RIP).


Kassandra from Ginger Suite Salon did an amazing job on hair and makeup. She is a talented lady with an adorable little salon, if you are in the Portland area. Here you can see Jade with tons of perfect pincurls.



And what photoshoot would be complete without cupcakes? I picked up these mini cupcakes from Saint Cupcake to keep our energy up. Photo shoots are fun, but especially with the help of so many ultra-talented women.

Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



December 10, 2009 #

Gorgeous photos, Sarai! It looks like so much fun!


December 10, 2009 #

Yay! Thanks for the behind the scenes shots. Any more photos from the actual shoot that you loved but didn’t use for some reason?

Sunni Standing

December 10, 2009 #

It looks like so much fun! I love what you did with everything, from the hair to the make-up to the shoes. Really the patterns look stunning and absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait for my dress pattern to arrive!


December 10, 2009 #

I’m glad you like them! I’ll try to dig up some of the photos I didn’t end up using, there are tons of good ones!


December 10, 2009 #

This is so fun to see! Thanks for sharing these, Sarai!


December 10, 2009 #

Love these photos!


December 14, 2009 #

How utterly fun! :) I always love these behind-the-scenes snapshots (almost as much as the finished shoot); it lends such life and gives a peek into the background workings.

I’m drooling over those shoes… They’re gorgeous! :D


December 14, 2009 #

Love your latest collection, designs, models, styling — everything! Thanks for sharing these photos, and I would also like to see more. Off to order some patterns.

sabia hussain

June 14, 2011 #

The pictures was very good and i would love to work abroad but in beauty industry. it is really important about assingments and photoshoots. there was lots of hardwork i can see that how hard everyone work and there was lots of work.

sabia hussain

June 14, 2011 #

Good luck to the future of projects and wish you the best.