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Yikes, this is a late post, but here I go.

Every year at Siempre Mujer we have the opportunity to honor some of the most extraordinary Hispanic hair stylist working in the industry today. Each year we focus on different aspects of hair styling. Last year we honored the best hair colorist, while this year we honored those hair stylist that specialize in hair cuts. The honorees were, Marcos Carrasquillo, Elba Rodriguez and Hasblady Guzman. Instead of having each stylist cut the hair of their own individual model, we gave them the challenge of cutting wigs. This way we could show case their cuts on the same model to really highlight their unique styles. Following this plan also gave us the added bonus of being able to donate these freshly cut wigs to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which was a very special honor for all of us here at Siempre Mujer Magazine and our honorees.

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The story was written and conceived by Jess Torres.

Photography: Keith Lathrop

Make up: Javier Romero

Jewelry: Ellen Silverstein

Model: Sarah Blessing

Creative Director: Stacy Marchelos

Photo Editor: David Cooper

Thanks for looking,

D.

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One thing that most of my friends know about me is that I’m an early riser, but what they don’t know is that this practice didn’t start out as a natural habit. Truth be told I would love to sleep in just as much as the next guy, but because of the demands of my job I needed to find the time to be able to focus on my own work. I needed to find a time to nourish my talents, which aren’t very natural to me at all. I’ve had to work very hard to get to the point where I am, and I’m still working. Never quite satisfied, but truly happy in the profession I’ve chosen for my self. Now a days most of my work is self motivated, peppered with interesting assignments, which I’m truly grateful for. Anyway, as I write this I can’t help but think about how valuable our time is. Depending on how we use it, it can move slow or it can move fast. I for one often feel like there isn’t enough time in the day, as most of us feel I’m sure, so what we choose to invest it in can easily take priority and define us to a certain extent. Hopefully, we get to spend that precious time on the things in life that matter. Family and friends being at the top of the list, followed by our passions that motivate us to push through the everyday, in my opinion.

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My need to find precious time to work has led me to become an early riser. A lover of the twilight air and morning quiet. A trait that my wife prays I keep whenever we have kids so she can sleep in. Now there’s an interesting thought indeed.

Above is one of my latest illustrations, “Holy Children of The Valeda”, based on true events. Thank you Marcos Chin and Yuko Shimizu for your input on this piece.

D.

Here’s the latest fashion feature from Siempre Mujer’s Aug/Sept 2013 issue. It was shot by Tom Corbett and styled by Ellen Silverstein. This shoot was very special for both Tom and I, so we both worked extra hard to insure a successful production. Including meeting weeks before hand to explore every nook and cranny of our location, which was pretty vast to say the least.  It was during this time that we really formulated the look, feel and pace of the story. For me, it was the first fashion shoot that I ever worked on without a fashion editor, so I had the opportunity to work directly with our wardrobe stylist, Ellen to make the final edit of the clothing that would eventually make it into the feature, which really aided in the narrative that Tom and I wanted to create. In my opinion the shoot was very successful. Tom created a moody, edgy and exciting atmosphere that highlighted the military trend in an explosive way, no pun intended! In the end Stacy Marchelos, Siempre Mujer’s creative director took the story to the next level with a beautiful type treatment for the head line. Our Editor-in-Chief, Cristy Marrero, who thought up the headline “Táctica y Estrategia”, had this to say:

“Táctica y estrategia (Tactic and Strategy) is the name of my all-time-favorite poem written by Uruguayan Mario Benedetti. When I saw the amazing images my art and fashion team shot, and only after recovering from a mind-blowing kind of moment, the verses on this beautiful masterpiece immediately came to me. Being this a military trend inspired story, it just felt like a match made in heaven. Because there is also poetry in fashion…” Cristy Marrero, Editor-in-Chief Siempre Mujer Magazine. 

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For a quick look behind the scenes, check out this video  shot by Haymme Marin.

Photography: Tom Corbett

Wardrobe Styling: Ellen Silverstein

Model: Helena with One Model Management

Hair: Eloise Cheung for WSM

Make up: Brian Duprey for Judy Casey

Props: Tara Marino for BA-Reps.com

Creative Director: Stacy Marchelos

Retouching: Edward Caruso 

Thanks for looking!

D.

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Chiqui Delgado!

Better late than never! This was Siempre Mujer’s June/July 13 cover, featuring Chiqui Delgado! Shot by the amazing Omar Cruz, styled by Deborah Ferguson with hair and make up by Millie Morales.

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When ever I see this shot, I’m reminded of a seriously funny moment at this shoot. When I was trying to describe the pose I wanted Chiqui to take, I proceeded to lay down on top of this table and take “pin-up girl” sexy poses to explain what I wanted from the shot. My creative director damn near lost her mind when I started playing with my long, luxurious imaginary hair, while Chiqui looked at me wide eyed and shocked. However, she understood what I wanted and got it done. I think the whole episode got a smirk out of Mr. Omar Cruz.

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Thanks for looking!

 

D.

 

A recently I did a colloboration with photographer Jeff Harris. The concept was to create images based on various “spirits”. Here’s what we did!

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And here are some behind the scenes shots.

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Photography: Jeff Harris

Illustration: David Cooper

Hair: Cindy Adams

Make up: Abby Ballin

Thanks for looking!

D.

A few months ago I found out that The Friends Of The Greenpoint Library were having a competition to find a muralist to paint an exterior wall on the Greenpoint Library. This was my submission. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut, but I thought I’d share my submission with you! Congrats to Leslie Wood who took the win!

Thanks,

D.

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Take A Dip!

This photographers ability is technical and devious. I never really know what kind of optical illusion he’s going to pull from under his sleeve, but he never fails to amaze me. Oh, I almost forgot. His name is Jeff Harris. Anyway, check it out. The story was written by Jess Torres and prop styled by Mariana Vera, of Halley Resources. It appeared in Siempre Mujer’s June/July 2013 issue, which is out on news stands right now.

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