“- I love grit and grime. Anything imperfect and organic,” says Harper Smith about what inspires her. “The shapes and spaces of nature are really important in my compositions. Color is huge to me too, so if I am shooting indoors I love a colorful and nostalgic palate. Most of my shoots are thematically inspired by a film or piece of music.”
This time inspired by “- the garb and attitude of the incredible train wreck, Courtney Love,” the LA based photographer has just shot her first Ben Trovato exclusive. HEART SHAPED BOX features Kelly Ash (Q) and Brea (LA Models) who was styled by Wild At Heart, and had make up and hair done by Sunnie Brook Jones. Harper adds: “- We wanted to create a fun poppy shoot that conveyed the style and persona of 90′s grunge.“
She didn’t get serious about photography until her senior year of high school, but says she has always been inspired by 2D art and sculpture, due to her mother being an artist: “- She never fails to amaze me with her eye for natural beauty and graphic composition. she taught me to think like a photographer before I even knew I would become one.”
Harper’s work has been featured in publications such as Nylon, Hooligan, Blend, Foam, Factory, Remember Paper and Tokion, and today she’s making her debut on Ben Trovato.
We are thrilled to present to you, HEART SHAPED BOX by Harper Smith, for Ben Trovato:
Photography - Harper Smith
Models - Kelley Ash @ Q, and Brea @ LA Models
Styling - Wild At Heart (wildatheartvintage.com)
Make up & Hair - Sunnie Brook Jones (sunniebrook.com/blog)
Check out her portfolio here.