artist spotlight: Emma Gaty

Kristin

One of our favorite girl bosses is the one and only Emma Gaty of Emma Gaty Photography. At Velvet + Vinyl, we believe artists come in all forms, and create in different mediums. After working with Emma personally, and with the velvet + vinyl tribe, it is safe to say she is a master of her craft. We wanted to learn about some of Emma’s favorite things surrounding photography. We asked Emma about her “7 favorites” below, and included some of the work related!

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photo by Alex Bailey

Check out Emma for all you moment capturing needs, or if you are interested in collaborating. she is absolutely amazing.

  1. 7 favorite things: freckles, breakfast food, marble anything, Matt Corby, kicking ass at fooseball, black nails as dark as a my soul and big dogsScreen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.12.07 PM
  2.  Favorite lens? my baby, the canon 50mm 1.2L. the sharp focus and creamy, booked backgrounds that this lens yields has contributed significantly to my brand as a photographer and made my shooting style fit my personality. Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.12.33 PM
  3. Favorite place to shoot? Bend, oregon because their is a variety of terrains and landscapes to shoot. Some people like consistency, but I like going places where I can shoot a plethora of themes, and capture different vibes all from one place.Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.12.55 PM
  4. Favorite shoot you’ve had? One of my favorite shoots was this soft boudoir shoot I did with model Megan Moore. It was the first time I really broke out of my comfort zone and saw how amazing the results were. She was awesome to shoot with, and I felt so empowered doing something different.Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.13.35 PM
  5. Favorite food to eat on the way to a shoot? I am honestly so down to get whatever I can when I am on my way. Fish fillet from burgerville is my guilty pleasure. If you haven’t tried that yet, you absolutely should.Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.13.09 PM
  6. Favorite outfit to wear to a shoot?   If its nice out, i go for shorts and a loose tee or tank top. Its so important to be comfortable and to be able to climb or lay on the ground to get that bomb angle.Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 7.13.56 PM
  7. Easiest shoes to wear when you’re doing a shoot? Converse. always.
  8. Whats your favorite thing about collaborating with other creatives? Getting out of your comfort zone and creating something out of the norm. Every creative has a different vibe ands something new and unique to contribute. There is nothing better than sparking your creativity by sharing brains with someone on a similar creative wave length.

Emma is our girl, and we are so excited to have her here. If you are interested in getting some shoots booked, please check her out!

Emma Gaty Photography Instagram

ALL PHOTOS BY EMMA GATY PHOTORAPHY

 

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Spring Style

Libby, Melissa, Uncategorized

Spring days in Portland, Oregon are anything but consistent. Therefore, layers are a must! The cooler temps call for cozy sweaters paired with graphic T-shirts for a look that’s everything bold and trendy but also prioritizes comfort.

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Sweaters from Forever 21, Tildon + H&M

Knit sweaters are an essential in my spring wardrobe because of their convenience and practicality. I’m always cold, so on chillier days they’re great to pull over a tank top or a graphic T-shirt, and on warmer days you can slide them right off and tie them around your waist for a bit of a hipster look. See the different ways we’ve pulled together these basics for a fashionable look for spring.

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Adidas T-shirt, Quilted Koala bag, Skagen watch + Forever 21 jeans

GraphicTt-shirts, like this adidas one, add so much dimension to my wardrobe and pull from the (huge) athleisure trend. They’re an easy, comfortable and affordable way to play around with different looks while still maintaining the strategy of layers. Outfits like this one are ideal for spring.

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Adidas shoes, Forever 21 denim + Tildon sweater

This burgundy sweater paired over jeans and a graphic T-shirt is cozy for the cold and suitable for when the sun comes out! Spring is kind of an awkward season between winter and summer, especially in Oregon. Layers are a definite key component for your wardrobe!

meet the team part III

Libby

Part III of this series is concluded by the ever so wonderful, Kristin Coffman. She is radiant, ingenious and unabashedly confident.

Her story is a bit longer in length, but is beautifully told + so inspirational. Check it out!

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urban outfitters t-shirt, goodwill denim chambray, h&m jeans + zara boots

LB: Tell me a brief synopsis of your journey in life thus far.

KC: Heya! My name is Kristin and here I am, writing before you on this lovely brainchild of a fashion and lifestyle blog devised by my sweet friend Libby Bartley. To be included in this is so flattering, and I am so grateful.

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brandy melville t-shirt, free people jacket, zara ripped denim, nordstrom booties + brixton tiller hat

Twelve years ago, I departed from my dream of working with fashion to pursue my journey as an athlete. I worked tirelessly to be the best and found myself very successful in middle distance and high jump, but could never quite trade my heels for tennis shoes or my skinny jeans for shorts. My fashionable expression remained. After getting recruited by Oregon State to run track and field, I realized I wasn’t sure I liked the direction my life was going.

So…. I packed up my shit, threw away all remnants of orange and black and hightailed it 30 miles south to Eugene, whereI truly began to feel like myself. I pursued a major in advertising, an internship with a music marketer/booker and became a stylist for a photographer in Portland. This concoction of things ignited a love affair between my dark, minimalist street style and music.


LB
: Complete the following sentence. My favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe is:

KC: My YRU lasso western ankle boots. Thank you Solestruck. And my Brixton black tiller hat. 

LB: Complete the following sentence. The soundtrack to my life is:

KC: Black and White by The Maine. They will always perfectly articulate my life. I’m a pop-punk kid at heart.

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KC’s bedroom / chamber of inspiration

LB: Why fashion?

KC: Fashion does the talking for me. Ever since middle school, I loved the idea of dressing myself in a way that allowed other people to get a sense of who I was just by looking at me. Fashion tells a story. It helps me reinvent, shape my identity and stay in touch with culture (as well as defy it sometimes). Fashion is one of the only industries that sets guidelines in order for people to break them, or set limits just so people can push them. It is amazing to see what people come up with after someone else does something seemingly un-toppable; a constant fuel and fire situation.

LB: Tell me about your dreams.

KC: I would love to do something that links music and fashion. Music is what gave me the bravery to pursue a path less traveled in the first place, so it only seems fitting that that inspiration would carry me to a career. I am always scoping out how fashion and music intertwine, so perhaps a job as a stylist for Alternative Press, or blogging about music and fashion would be a wonderful avenue.

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h&m t-shirt, h&m denim, h&m genuine leather booties + pete & greta jacket

LB: What challenge defines your story? In what ways have you learned from it?

KC: For a long time I placed a lot of pressures on myself that confined me to doing one thing. I lived in fear of losing who I was if I departed from what I was good at. I had to really take time to accept that sometimes, just because you are good at something doesn’t necessarily mean you have to love it. I can’t even tell you how many times people told me “What a shame,” and “You’re wasting your gift,” after I decided to quit track. All I wanted to say to them was “Well what about what I could be good at?” I had never given myself that chance. In many ways, I had fused my identity with my talent and forgotten all about what it was that I wanted. After a while, track and field made me feel hollow. I had to stand up for the person I knew I could be and jump. Ever since I ended my career as a runner, I made a life shift. I no longer live in fear of breaking rules (well, nothing too extreme) and I stopped building fences that separated what was safe and was worth it. I’m going after some crazy-ass dreams and I have never felt more sure of myself.

LB: If your sense of style could share a message with the world, what would it be?

KC: Faux-goth. All my friends tell me I look intimidating, but in reality I’m a pretty warm and quirky person. I just wear big dark clothes and lots of dark makeup. 

LB: What are your favorite things?

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  1. I have this skateboard hanging in my room that has Johnny Cash on it. He’s pointing outwards and has this face that says “Hell yeah dude, you got this.” My boyfriend gave it to me after we’d been dating about six months and told me “Every time I look at this board, I feel like Johnny is saying ‘You got this dude!’ I want you to feel that same way!’” Now, every time I walk out of my room I see it and think, “Yeah, I got this!”
  2. My Jeffree Star liquid lipstick. Shade: abuse
  3. My cat. Her name is Pat and she is fat and awesome and kind of a tyrant but maybe that’s why we get along. 
  4. My grandma’s homemade mashed potatoes and fried chicken. Good God. Be still my heart.
  5. My framed gold “Forever Halloween” record. One of my favorite albums (got me through my sophomore year misery) and my parents framed it as a christmas present with the CD cover, and a tour poster. It’s beautiful, and hanging on my wall to this day.

meet the team part II

Libby

As mentioned in my previous post, I want to make a point to introduce you all to the newest members of our team as we relaunch V+V! A few weeks ago I stumbled across the following quote: “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.” I am truly the luckiest to be working with the amazing, brilliant women you all are going to meet this week! 

Today I’m introducing Melissa Epifano. She is bright, brilliant, incredibly ambitious, and is already an asset to Velvet and Vinyl. Read on to learn more about her keen eye for style and her passion for writing.

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h&m sweater, quay sunglasses + forever21 necklace

LB: Tell me a brief synopsis of your journey in life thus far.

ME: I was born in Connecticut and moved to Oregon at age seven. I’m now a journalist pursuing dreams in the magazine industry all while trying to make it back to the east coast.

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h&m blouse, forever 21 jeans + nordstrom rack booties

LB: Complete the following sentence. My favorite piece of clothing in your wardrobe is:

ME: My black, ripped, skinny jeans.

LB: Complete the following sentence. The soundtrack to my life is:

ME: Work by Rihanna.

LB: Why fashion?

ME: Nothing has made me so passionate, angry, amazed and intrigued as much as fashion has. Fashion isn’t just an expression or a form of art, it’s all of that mixed into one medium. It pulls inspiration from architecture, music, paintings, emotions, and people; I can’t think of anything more comprehensive.

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forever21 sweater, forever 21 denim + quay sunglasses

LB: Tell me about your dreams.

ME: I want to travel and tell people’s stories in a way that they haven’t been told before. I also aspire to write for the living section of Vogue.com

LB: What challenge defines your story? In what ways have you learned from it?

ME: Losing my dad when I was seven. I’ve learned a lot being raised by one parent. I think it’s important to realize that adversity and hardships can’t stop you. As cheesy as that sounds, it’s so important to get out there and make things happen despite the shit that happens to you.

LB: If your sense of style could share a message with the world, what would it be?

ME: Black is ALWAYS the new black.

LB: What are your favorite things?

ME: My favorite font, Avenir Book, a minimalist sense of style, pots of gold and rainbows ice cream from Salt & Straw and my favorite magazines! Aka Vogue, Suitcase, Kinfolk and Cereal

We are so excited to have Melissa on our team! Stay tuned for more.

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meet the team part I

Libby

Hi friends!

As I recently announced, Velvet + Vinyl is in the midst of launching our new and improved site and I cannot wait to show you all that’s coming your way!

The most exciting aspect of this renovation process is the people we’ve brought on to the V+V team. We’ve got some great stories coming at you later this week where you’ll get the chance to meet the wonderful women behind the scenes, but I wanted to take an opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself.

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urban outfitters knit sweater, gap leggings, topshop suede boots + cole haan white crossbody bag

I’m Libby Bartley, and I started Velvet + Vinyl as a fashion blog in the summer of 2015. This project is near and dear to my heart, and its growth has been the greatest adventure. Here’s a little blurb about me:

Q: Why fashion?

A: For me, fashion, or rather style, is the most liberating sense of self expression. All of the unique interests that define me are weaved together by my sense of style: my love for rock ‘n’ roll music, my interest in art, my obsession with black and my effort to be minimalistic. Uncovering my sense of style and my passion for the fashion industry revealed a version of myself I grew to feel exceptionally perfect in.

Q: Favorite piece of clothing in my wardrobe:

A: My fur jacket or my Brandy Melville New York City graphic tee.

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h&m sunglasses, madison and berkeley oversized turtleneck + topshop denim

Q: The soundtrack to my life is:

A: Boston’s self-named record, Boston.

Q: What challenge defines your story? In what ways have you learned from it?

A: During christmas break my freshman year of college, a dear friend of mine from high school was killed in a tragic car accident the day after christmas. Her death translated as the most painful obstacle I’ve ever overcome, but the grieving process taught me that this life is what you make it, and if you’re persistent, you can make it anything you’d like. 

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jubeelee fur jacket, brandy melville tank, gap leggings + zara boots 

Q: If your sense of style could share a message with the world, what would it be?

A: Magic doesn’t just come in the form of a little black dress. It comes in a pair of black boots, a little black clutch and a black jacket that goes with everything.

Q: 3-5 of my favorite things:

A: Lowercase typography, ceramic coffee mugs, polaroid images and reading print (i.e. paperback books, magazines and handwritten letters).

Later this week I’ll be introducing you to my co-creators + I can’t wait for you to meet them!

a new beginning for V+V

Libby

After months of researching and planning, I am so excited to announce a new direction for Velvet + Vinyl!

Since the day V+V made its first timid steps in to the arena of fashion blogs, I have been inspired by a persistent vision for creating something that serves its own unique purpose. It’s been a journey of researching and reading and brainstorming to uncover an idea that will launch this blog into the galaxy of of prominent fashion and style blogs, and we fervently believe that we have hit the style blog jackpot.

Stay tuned for what’s to come as we have so many surprises coming your way. We are beyond ecstatic to show you all that we’ve been working on!

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artwork credit / the watercolor talent of kristin coffman