Mia in Thrifted Grunge

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Sam 0 Comments

This is part one in an ongoing photography series. The project involves going with a model to a thrift store, putting together an entire grunge outfit, and then shooting it immediately following our shopping trip. It combines three things I love dearly: photography, grunge fashion, and thrift store shopping. This was the first attempt and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Meet Mia. She's a wonderfully versatile model with a bubbly personality. We spent about 45 minutes shopping together. We started in the outwear section. My hope was to create an ensemble around a statement piece. Not long into our search, I found an amazing black puffer coat with a shiny trash bag-esque finish and zippers on zippers. It was exactly the statement I wanted to make. Now armed with my cornerstone, I continued the search and found this burgundy velvet maxi skirt. A puffer coat and a 90's skirt together? Hell yes. It was love at first sight - truly a match made in grunge heaven.

My model arrived wearing a fun graphic tank and layering flannel - both of which had been purchased during her own thrift store excursions. They were already so perfect and fit with my theme so we kept them for the shoot. We topped everything off with this neat purple tie that Mia found chilling out in the men's section.

And just when I thought the day couldn't get any more rad, we walked behind the thrift store to find some parked semis, a dilapidated fence, and a moss stricken parking lot. The grunge gods heard my prayers and the universe provided. Everything came together perfectly and culminated into this grunge photo set. I can't wait for my next session! Check back soon for more photos as I build this series!

Visit Mia's Model Mayhem page for more of her work!