Monday, October 18, 2010

Seven Years Deep w/ Kyle Johnson

I'm trying to figure out what to wear tomorrow. I'm getting my portrait taken by one of my greatest friends and the reason why I got into wardrobe styling in the first place; Kyle Johnson!

I don't think a lot of people know our history, but we go way back. I officially met Kyle at my 20th birthday party. At that time we were both serious backpackers! We shared an affinity for hip hop. We went to every show from Dilated Peoples, People Under The Stars, Hieroglyphics, to name a few.

Kyle and I have watched one another grow as artists, and it's not every day that you meet someone who you know will always vouch for you and have your back. For that I am forever grateful for my friendship and relationship with him. We've built our books and repertoires together and it's been quite the ride seeing him follow his dreams. If there is anything I've learned it's...loyalty is a great investment. You work from the bottom up w/ a small circle of people who are down for you and in the long run it really pays off.

Kyle is turning 27 on Thursday, and even though I'm a couple days early I want to say Happy Birthday, congratulations, and all of that to one of Seattle's best. Actually let me rephrase of west coast's best! Below are some portraits Kyle took of me in the past, and some of our early collaborations.

We got to shoot in Gordini's infamous home at The Ben Lomond Apartments!

One of the most amazing homes I've ever been to.

This was taken back in 2005? Right before I moved back to Los Angeles.

One of our very first test shoots together w/ our dear friend and darling muse Rose.

Another oldie, but goodie w/ band- Born Anchors.

There came a point where we got good enough to book agency signed models. Ms. Shealeen Hager was one of our first =)

1 comment:

Jan Klier said...

Very cool story. Having someone like this makes a huge difference.