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A Girl Called February by Julia Duffy Domrose

Julia Duffy Domrose started off shooting weddings, and even though she loved the productions, she found it lacked the freedom and creativity of other genres. “I wanted to shoot things my way, and a bride isn’t always on board with that. With fashion, I can put on my own production and be as creative as I want,” Julia tells us. She has always been an avid storyteller, and has found that photography is the perfect medium for her to express her tales.

“I enjoy writing but I’m too impatient, I like to draw but I stink at it, and I’d love to make movies but I think that’s a little ways away. Photography is the perfect way to tell my little stories.”

The first story she’ll tell on Ben Trovato is a photographic journey from day to night, girl to woman, and warm to cold. “This story to me was all about transition. In my mind a simple thing to compare those things to is a day at the very and of winter. It can be so warm and even pleasant during the morning and noon, and then gets cold towards the end of the day and as it gets darker.

She mentions the seasons and the nature that surrounds us as some of her greatest sources of inspiration for A Girl Called February. “I wanted to do something set in nature while still portraying the transition from a young girl to a woman. I also love winter. It’s my all time favorite time of year. I thought of my model like an animal in the winter. Rising in the early morning, being bright eyed and bushy tailed at noon when the sun is out, curling up with their meal at sunset, and becoming part of the night again once the sun is down.”

Model Emily Tender with SMG put up with the cold weather looked beautiful as ever: “- Emily was just amazing to work with. She moved so well, and she was such a trooper through the whole shoot. It was freezing and she would be shivering, and I practically had to force her to go warm up. She wanted to “get the shot” just as much as I did. Such a good sport. As soon as I lifted my camera her face would soften as if she had been living out in the cold wilderness her whole life. I would work with her again in a heart beat.

Being familiar with her team from other shoots in the past, Julia tells of of a great day on set with likeminded artists: “- My team was amazing. I had worked with Dana (stylist) on a few other projects but this was our first really big one together. She manages to find the most wonderful vintage clothing. I don’t know how she does it. Im so happy she could work on this with me. Her brand of styling is just what this shoot called for. I have been working with Yessie (makeup & hair) for a few years now. I love how she is so artistic with makeup. It’s what I love about her. I also love that I can tell her what I want in just a few words, no one else will understand what the heck Im talking about and then she’ll give me exactly what I was picturing in my head. I think she’s a little psychic.

Stylist Dana Guyton says that each piece chosen for the shoot was chosen to help express a progression: day to night, fragility to strength, girl to woman. “All of the garments are vintage, including two of my favorite dresses - the 1930′s rose colored dress with cut-out detail and layered linen shoulders, and the black sequin vintage Oscar de la Renta gown.

Photography by Julia Duffy Domrose
Styling by Dana Guyton
Hair & Makeup by Yessie Libby
Model by Emily Tender @ SMG