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Knoxville Fashion Week Photos - Brigid Oesterling Runway & The Belleza 8
Knoxville Fashion Week Photos - Brigid Oesterling Runway & The Belleza 8

Belleza 8 Models Melanie Howe and Diana Lowrie sport the repurposed rubber designs from Brigid Oesterling (center) at Knoxville Fashion Week Friday, August 17.

You can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

Knoxville Fashion Week Photos - Brigid Oesterling Runway & The Belleza 8

Following up the incredible behind-the-scenes experience I was able to capture during the Emerging Designers Runway the previous night is quite a difficult task. If you’ve seen my post on it, you’ll know that I was able to tell so many different stories going on out of the public view.

I couldn’t completely abandon my passion for telling stories visually, but I didn’t want to retell the same story with different characters either.  Friday night at Knoxville Fashion Week is the first major runway event after two days of momentum-building, but smaller shows. I wanted to do something visually that did justice to the change in magnitude of the event but in was still special in its own right.

Enter stage right: Longtime friend and Belleza Fab 8 model Melanie Howe. Melanie is a beautiful and very talented individual, and her activities reflect her positive and eclectic interests. Not only is she a model, she is also a student at UT and is a local celebrity known as “The Djembabe” (deriving from her precious instrument, the djembe), appearing as a core member of the Knoxville-based country and Southern-rock group, “Southern Drawl Band“. Read more

Knoxville Fashion Week - Emerging Designers Runway

Knoxville Fashion Week - Emerging Designers RunwayYou can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

The second day of Knoxville Fashion Week highlighted the creativity of relative newcomers to the fashion scene. The “Emerging Designers Runway” displayed some wonderful new fashions from the following:

Knoxville Fashion Week - Emerging Designers RunwayThe event was held at Lighthouse Knoxville, a beautiful and homey event venue tucked away from distractions near Bearden Hill. Read more

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes
Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

Knoxville Fashion Week model Amber Borzotra smiles down at the camera below while her stylist has her lean forward on her knees as he works magic on her hair to prepare her for the runway.

You can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

Serene Amber

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

Silly Amber

Whether I’m creating a single image, capturing many images and writing about them, or composing a film, I absolutely love to tell a story.

During Knoxville Fashion Week (Fall 2012), I was able to do just that by documenting the process of putting on a runway event! In fact, when I arrived at Knoxville Lighthouse, rockstar model Amber Borzotra pulled in right after me, so I followed much of her preparation process.

 

Knoxville Fashion Week - Behind the Scenes

A few local teenage models watch as Amber’s hair is styled while they wait for the rehearsal to begin.

The event was the “Emerging Designers Runway,” which featured many up-and-coming area designers of clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. The featured designers included:

In the gallery slideshow above, you can see behind-the-scenes as normal girls are transformed to gorgeous runway models through hair, makeup, and wardrobe changes. Read more

Knoxville Fashion Week - Hair Runway
Knoxville Fashion Week - Hair Runway

Unique hair styles met unique lighting at the Fall 2012 Knoxville Fashion Week Hair Runway Show.

You can get images from any of the events during Knoxville Fashion Week! Details are at the end of the post.

Knoxville Fashion Week - Rick Terry Jewelry Design

Knoxville Fashion Week – Rick Terry Jewelry Design

Knoxville Fashion Week started off with a bang through the “Rock the Runway” Hair Show by Belleza!

Before the show began, though, many of the most important sponsors and contributors to KFW were setup on the patio at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse at Volunteer Landing (the Landing is one of my favorite places in Knoxville) displaying their fashions for the attendees.

Knoxville Fashion Week - Charles Ottolini

Knoxville Fashion Week – Charles Ottolini

I was able to meet a few very nice folks including Mayor Madeline Rogero, Rick Terry of Rick Terry Jewelry Designs, Leah Fritts Dailey of Southern Grace fashion and accessories, Amanda Kilday of Reeds of Gray Jewelry, Charles Ottolini and his fashion and accessory line, accessory designer Alicia Marie, and many, many more. All of these sponsors really do have some great offerings, so if you are into fashion, accessories, or anything in between, give them a look! You won’t be disappointed.

On to the main event! The hair styles presented were off-the-wall, fun, unique, and very creative. The slideshow above really shows off the lengths many hair stylists went to wow the audience. An interesting fact about the show: To emphasize the hair over the clothes, most of the models were only allowed to wear fashions made from recycled materials! How’s that for fun? Read more

Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy
Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy

From the Post-Tribune: Dr. Tony Bennett, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, acknowledges state senator Earline Rogers during a grand opening ceremony for the Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

More often than not, I am extremely blessed to get to work on projects that are very rewarding.

This happened again recently with the makeover and relaunch of Roosevelt High School (now Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy) in Gary, Ind. This school had been failing in achievement, test scores, and many other vital educational areas for years, so the state of Indiana took over the school and hired a Knoxville-based educational management company to bring the school back to its former glory.

As you can see in the video below, the school is a stone’s throw from the home of the infamous Jackson family, and though Michael Jackson didn’t attend Roosevelt, three of his brothers did and were present during a press event for the school this summer. The Jackson 5 performed one of their first talent shows in the Roosevelt auditorium!

My involvement in this huge turnaround story? Read more

Knoxville Fashion Week - Children's Runway

Knoxville Fashion Week - Children's RunwaySome of the best moments during Knoxville Fashion Week happened when the kids took the stage on Saturday! Here is a comprehensive gallery of nearly 150 images from “The Children’s Runway” sponsored by Dillard’s that occurred at noon on Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Knoxville.

This show featured designs from Nancy Crowell, Dillard’s, and the unique Keoni Fashion custom children’s line. All of the clothes were interesting, but there were a few kids that stole the show! You can find images of each child that modeled during the event in the gallery above.

Parents of children featured in the gallery: You can purchase images, prints, and products of your child and the entire show!

Details of what we are offering are below, but keep these two things in mind:

  1. If you refer another parent or friend to order images from this gallery, you BOTH will receive 10% off your order.  Contact me for your gift!
  2. If you don’t see a print size or product you’d like to have, contact me and I’m almost certain we can create what you’re looking for.

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Knoxville Fashion Week Model
Knoxville Fashion Week Model

This Knoxville Fashion Week model had to study for her art history class at an area high school between getting her hair and makeup done and the start of the runway event.

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – I really just wanted to use a date line to give this post some clout!

Last night was Knoxville Fashion Week‘s Emerging Designers show and the emerging designers brought it! I’m no fashion guru (quite the opposite, I’m sure), but I really thought the fashion displayed was quite excellent.

I arrived early to photograph the models preparing for the evening’s runway and wanted to document a lot of the “behind-the-scenes” elements of the fashion show experience. It was a blast and I’ve gotten to meet some really fun folks in the process! (I’m looking at you, models, hair, and makeup friends 😛 )

These are just a few images I had the pleasure of capturing from Day 2 of Knoxville Fashion Week – Fall 2012. I’ll be posting an extensive set next week after all the events have concluded. Read more

Last night was the first event for the Fall 2012 iteration of Knoxville Fashion Week, and I had the distinct privilege of photographing it! It was such a fun evening for me being that I have limited fashion experience. I felt very much like a fish out of water, but I adapted quickly to some difficulties and was able to get some terrific images amid the challenges.

The event last night was presented by Belleza and was dubbed the “Rock the Runway” Hair Show, showcasing young hair design talent and the professional services that Belleza offers. Many of the models had wild and wonderful hair creations that reminded me of the style you could expect in The Capitol from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. Read more