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Lakota

byKait Robinsontext byMarius Troy

You might remember her from her gorgeous Sea Child story shot in Florida for Ben Trovato a couple of years back, a story that was even featured in our 2011 Best of post at the end of the year. Today Brooklyn based Kait Robinson is finally making her comeback here on BT, that with a beautiful story titled Lakota, after the models name. Robinson styled the shoot herself, including brands such as Urban Outfitters, Zara, Brandy Melville and many others.

We caught up with Robinson asking her a few questions about Lakota:

Could you describe the story in your own words?
This story was basically an experiment for myself. As a young photographer, I’m trying to figure out my style aesthetically and by shooting in various ways this allows me to further pin down the kind of work I want to do in the future. In this story, Lakota, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and tried something completely different. I very much wanted this shoot to be carefree and raw. I find that a lot of photographers become so obsessed in the actual process of creating an image that they don’t really look at what is through the viewfinder. While planning is necessary, going with the flow just sometimes works out better.

What were your main sources of inspiration creating this project?
I recently moved to Brooklyn and since have been inspired by the people, fashion and in a way, attitude, which Brooklyn exudes. A lot of my work is heavily thought out, composed and lit, so I wanted to have an unrestrained approach to this series.

Say a few words about Lakota (Muse), she looks amazing!
Lakota was easily one of the best models I’ve ever worked with. Easy-going yet energetic and knows how to move fluidly- a photographer’s dream! I had to give very little direction to her and not only does that let me focus in more on the photograph but it makes things go a lot more smoothly and quickly.

You brought on hair stylist & make up artist Faye Lauren, and assistant Max Schwartz, have you worked together before?
This shoot was the first time working with this team of people and it was wonderful! We all got along really well and had a lot of fun during the shoot.

You styled the story yourself, what were your thoughts pulling clothes for Lakota?
Keeping in line with the laid-back feel of the shoot, I wanted to style the model in clothing that is very wearable but still very cool and effortless. I used my own wardrobe and put together different looks based on my own personal style and fashion that I’ve seen throughout Brooklyn. I paired some high-end items with vintage pieces and threw in a few accessories to bring the looks together.