Winter/Spring 2014 Jewelry Collection

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May I present the Kate Miss Jewelry Winter/Spring 2014 Collection! It’s a small collection of handmade concrete beaded necklaces – some natural, some painted, some dyed. I’ve been asked often to bring back the beaded clay necklaces, but I stopped making them for a reason and wanted to explore ways to make a collection that was reminiscent, but more grown up and subdued while still being affordable. In between wedding planning, I spent a good chunk of my summer experimenting with concrete and settled on making bead shapes very similar to the clay ones as I really like the way they work and are easy to wear. The beads aren’t too heavy and are very lasting and sturdy.

As for the cast bronze necklaces, they are almost the same, but I’ve switched to using gold-fill chain. It’s much more expensive, but I’m not raising the price besides making them all the same price (there was some slight variation before). What this means is that the chain will take much, much longer to tarnish (years, really, depending on how often you wear it) and you won’t need to clean it as often. You’ll just need to shine up your bronze pendant/bead with a squirt of ketchup now and then (yep!) and you’ll be good to go.

Concrete necklaces are all made to order and should take about a week or two to ship, cast necklaces will ship a couple days within your order. So get your holiday presents now!

Will art directed this shoot and made the amazing backdrop and props, I took all the photos, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. He wanted to take this shoot in a more interesting direction than I’ve done before and I think he certainly succeeded. Due to time constraints I had to be my own model like old times, but it was really fun to do the makeup and take my time with the photos in the studio.

Thank you as always for your support, friends! If you want to spread the word you can use any images you’d like.

All photos taken by Kate Miss and art directed by William Steinman

A Halloween Treat

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Happy Halloween, y’all! I love Halloween although I haven’t dressed up for it in ages. I think if I ever have kids some day making them costumes will be my favorite thing ever, just like my dad did for my brother and I as kids. For now, I have Katie’s pug, Peggy. We made these costumes this morning with only things found in the studio and I took iPhone pictures. We win life? Obviously. Enjoy.

ps. She actually thoroughly enjoyed the costumes and had a good time, following us around while we made props. Best dog ever.

Weddings: Goldy + Keenan

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The weekend before our own wedding, Will and I drove down near San Diego to Quail Haven farm and I shot someone else’s wedding – an event that many thought I was out of my mind to shoot so close to ours and during the most stressful week ever, but honestly, it was pretty nice. It was a distraction and a creative focus that didn’t involve spreadsheets, and it was a pretty low stress day as far as shooting weddings go.

What I can say about Goldy and Keenan’s wedding, besides how lovely it was and how touching all the little details hand crafted by them and their families, is that I’ve never seen a more competitive group of people in my life. I should have been tipped off when they told me they met on an ultimate frisbee team, but the extent of this wasn’t totally evident to me until everyone sat down for dinner and a drinking contest broke out to see which table got to go to the buffet line next. It went from drinking beer from glasses to drinking beer straight from the pitchers quite rapidly. Needless to say it was a lively evening, and they were smart people to hire a bus to drive everyone to their hotels. Weddings, above all, should be really damn fun and they certainly succeeded. And dang, that beautiful golden light!

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The details:

Photography: Kate Miss (shot on a mix of digital and medium format film) | Floral Design: Inland Wholesale Flowers assembled by Brides Friends (Alia+Becca) | Invitations: VistaPrint | Event Day-Of Coordinator: Taryn Sutherand |  Hair and Makeup: Bride+Bride’s Sister (Maggie)| Ceremony Dress: Handmade in Vietnam | Ceremony Shoes: Wasteland | Desserts: Whole Foods + Ben and Jerry’s | Reception Dress: Bride’s Mom | Food: Bride’s Mom |Bridesmaids Dresses: Bride’s Mom | Wedding Venue: Quail Haven Farms | Arbor decor: Bride’s Mom | Lighting: Bright Ideas Lighting
If you’re interested in my wedding photography services, get in touch! katemiss at gmail.com – I shoot small weddings within LA for an affordable rate as well.