Hey there! I'm Hayley, Electric West's new in-house photographer. I'm writing this blog from my desk in our office/studio in Little Italy. I'm super excited to share the some of my favorite shots and some fun details from our shoot with the lovely Ariel.
Our shoot with Ariel was my first Electric West brand photo shoot in San Diego. After having shot several times for this amazing company from Michigan over the past year or so I got a feel for my Electric West style and fully realized just how much this brand inspires me. I always knew I had a special place in my camera's heart for Electric West, but shooting in person with a San Diego-based model and the founder of this amazing company herself at some great local spots felt like a whole new level of loving what I do.
We started our shoot in the Try Some Kindness, Asshole tee and we hopped over to a liquor store nearby with a super retro sign and facade. Some kids asked me to buy them alcohol while we were shooting there. I didn't know that was a thing that happened in real life so I definitely felt like I was in a movie for a second. I guess art really does imitate life.
We broke out the If Lost Please Return Me To The Nearest Dive Bar tee at the nearest iconic dive bar, Nunu's. This place is a midcentury dream. What I remember most vividly about shooting outside of Nunu's was that it smelled like chili cheese fries and thank god Kelly is on her way here with burritos right now because this is making me hungry.
To wrap up the shoot we landed (pun intended) at Aero Club, a bar near the airport with some great neon signs and on-theme motifs. This look was heavily inspired by Thelma and Louise. You have the acid wash denim, the cowboy boots, the stylish yet functional Bebe neck scarf, the cowboy hat (probably left by a baby Brad Pitt) and the cheeky Beer Breakfast of Champions muscle tank. A girl on the run would end up at an airplane themed bar, wouldn't she?
This shoot will always be special to me. Thanks for checking it out!
XOXO, Gossip Girl
Photographer: Hayley Sikorski @hayleysikorski
Model: Ariel Noyes- IG @arielnoyes
Styled by Kelly aka Boss Bitch