Archive for September, 2010

What does color mean? By Kristen D’Amour

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Look in your closet – what colors do you see?  Why did you choose those colors for your wardrobe and would it change if you were in a different part of the country?  If you are in Boston, it’s likely hues of black and brown started overpowering your closet once the temperature outside dropped.  If you’re in Southern California, your closet is probably full of white and other light colors.  Why is this?  And how does color affect how we feel?

 

 

The main reason why people in cooler climates wear dark clothes and people in warmer climates wear light color clothes is pretty straightforward – it comes down to balancing our own body temperature’s with the environment outside.  Dark colors, like black, absorb heat, keeping us warm in cool weather whereas light colors, like white, reflect the light, keeping us cool.  The color you wear is also affected by the culture around you. For instance, Miami is heavily influenced by Latin cultures, where bright colors are popular, so clothes there are usually in shades of orange, yellow, bright blue and purple. (continued below photo)

Photograph © 2010 Steve Marsel

On a psychological level, how does the color you wear affect your mood?  Research on this subject is limited, however some evidence suggests that color influences the pituitary gland, which controls hormone levels and thus our moods.  There have also been studies about the affect of certain colors, like a 2008 University of Rochester study in which photographs of men and women wearing red were considered more attractive than in other colors. And around the world, colors have different meanings.  For example, in America, white means purity and happiness, making it an obvious color choice for wedding dresses.  However, in eastern cultures, white symbolizes death and is worn to funerals.

This is all consistent, for the most part, with what you see from the fashion and merchandising industries.  For fall/winter, black is usually more prominent on the runway and in stores than bright colors, which are seen more in spring/summer collections.  This all results in why a closet in Boston looks quite different from one in Southern California.

 

Kristen D’ Amour

Kristen D’Amour is the Founder/Owner of the clothing menu, a fashion blog and online boutique that supports independent fashion designers.

Special thanks go to the very talented Stylist Terry J. Wheaton,  Make-up by Jeni Teran The incredible retouching of  Mr. James Eves, and Photo Editor Raquel Vidal. Photograph by Steve Marsel

Visit Steve Marsel’s other sites: Steve Marsel Studio, the assignment site and flagship site of the Steve Marsel brand, Steve Marsel Stock, the rights managed digital stock library of Steve Marsel Studio, Steve Marsel Galleries, the private gallery site of the Steve Marsel Studio. Visit one of Boston Photographer Steve Marsel’s other blogs as well: Steve Marsel Studio Blog , the creative blog of the Steve Marsel Studio. Steve Marsel Galleries Blog, Steve Marsel’s blog that discusses the stories behind the photographs, and Steve Marsel Stock Blog, the blog of Steve Marsel’s rights managed digital stock photography library that discusses the stories behind the images on the stock site.

 

Androgny in Fashion – Photography by Steve Marsel

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

“No question, there is something innately sexy about a woman lying in bed wearing her boyfriend’s button down or wearing his blazer for the day!  Is it because of the self confidence seeping through or is it simply a woman proving herself in a man’s world, all the while looking fabulous?  That is for each of us to decide.   The idea of women wearing mens fashion dates from the 1930’s/1940’s and currently accounts for 20% of sales from some of the largest mens designer stores to date.

Original Photography by Boston Advertising & Commercial Photographer Steve Marsel

Androgny in Fashion

Terry J. Wheaton

Guest blogger Terry J. Wheaton (Desired Results by Terry ) is a Fashion Stylist with a wealth of diverse experience. Her many years in front of the camera as a model have given her a unique perspective on styling. Terry understands what it takes to produce a quality  image. Her attention to detail and unparalleled organizational skills  make her a leader in the field. Comfortable in all types of settings and working with photographers and models at all skill levels, she brings her creativity and diversity to all that she does.

Once Again We express our gratitude for the opportunity have shot at Loring House. Special thanks to Jonathan Loring for graciously granting us permission & Al Levasseur for guiding us through the property. Additional thanks go to the very talented Stylist Terry J. Wheaton, Model Stellina, Hair and Make-up by Jeni Teran, The incredible retouching of  Mr. James Eves, and Photo Editor Raquel Vidal.

Visit Steve Marsel’s other sites: Steve Marsel Studio, the assignment site and flagship site of the Steve Marsel brand, Steve Marsel Stock, the rights managed digital stock library of Steve Marsel Studio, Steve Marsel Galleries, the private gallery site of the Steve Marsel Studio. Visit one of Boston Photographer Steve Marsel’s other blogs as well: Steve Marsel Studio Blog , the creative blog of the Steve Marsel Studio. Steve Marsel Galleries Blog, Steve Marsel’s blog that discusses the stories behind the photographs, and Steve Marsel Stock Blog, the blog of Steve Marsel’s rights managed digital stock photography library that discusses the stories behind the images on the stock site.

Steve Marsel Studio – New Fashion Photography

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We are grateful for the opportunity have shot at Loring House. Special thanks to Jonathan Loring for graciously granting us permission & Al Levasseur for guiding us through the propert. Additional thanks go to the very talented Stylist Terry J. Wheaton, Model Amanda Gordon, Hair and Make-up by Lisa Roche, The incredible retouching of  Mr. James Eves, and Photo Editor Raquel Vidal.

Amanda "Powder Room"

Special thanks go to the very talented Stylist Terry J. Wheaton, Model Amanda Gordon, Hair and Make-up by Lisa Roche, The incredible retouching of  Mr. James Eves, and Photo Editor Raquel Vidal. Photograph by Steve Marsel

Visit Steve Marsel’s other sites: Steve Marsel Studio, the assignment site and flagship site of the Steve Marsel brand, Steve Marsel Stock, the rights managed digital stock library of Steve Marsel Studio, Steve Marsel Galleries, the private gallery site of the Steve Marsel Studio. Visit one of Boston Photographer Steve Marsel’s other blogs as well: Steve Marsel Studio Blog , the creative blog of the Steve Marsel Studio. Steve Marsel Galleries Blog, Steve Marsel’s blog that discusses the stories behind the photographs, and Steve Marsel Stock Blog, the blog of Steve Marsel’s rights managed digital stock photography library that discusses the stories behind the images on the stock site.