This on going personal project keeps whisking me away to magical places! This stunning human rocks NYC and has been the queen for sometime. She graciously opened her arms and allowed me into the night life that she adores and protects with all of her heart. Her family.
Susanne Bartsch is New York City’s patron saint of transformation and inclusion. The parties she’s thrown for three decades—from Paris to Tokyo—have provided a venue for countless creative souls and “creatures” to express themselves, come together and forget the hum-drum of the everyday. As Michael Schulman wrote in his 2013 New York Times profile, Susanne’s “empire” continues to flourish “particularly among scene seekers too green to know her history. Wherever Ms. Bartsch goes, the demimonde seems to follow, as if summoned by the bat of her curlicued fake eyelashes.” Fashion mogul John Badum once referred to Susanne as “Mother Teresa in a glitter G-string.”
Born in Switzerland, Susanne escaped the conformist haus-frau life and moved to London at 17. While there, she sold antiques and clothing at Chelsea Market, and befriended the rock royalty and underground fashionistas of the time. She moved to New York in 1981 and opened an eponymous store in SoHo where she imported all of her favorite British designers, many of whom were still in school. The London avant-garde fashions were a hit and the shop became a center of the downtown fashion scene.
In 1987, Susanne threw her first party at Savage, a club below the Chelsea Hotel, on a lark. The weekly parties became the place to see and be seen for a trendsetting group of New Yorkers and ushered in a new era in nightlife, one that mixed uptown and downtown, gay and straight, chic and street.
In 1989, devastated by the many friends she lost to AIDS, Bartsch created The Love Ball, an event that rallied the fashion community to raise awareness and raise funds for AIDS research. The Love Ball was followed by Love Ball II: The Crowning Glory, The Hoppening at the Playboy Mansion in LA and Balade de L'Amour at the Folies Bergeres in Paris – ultimately raising over 2.5 million dollars.
Susanne has become notorious for the beautiful, strange, and outlandishly dressed people who flock to her events, for clients such as Dewar's, Sony & Barneys and at venues like The Soho Grand Hotel, Le Bain & The Top of The Standard. "Ms. Bartsch's name," wrote The New York Times, "is the equivalent of a couture label." The colorful crowd has followed her for 3 decades and still gather at her current weekly bashes in New York and special events around the world.
British-based jewellery designer, Justine Cullen designs and crafts myth-inspired pieces that legends are made of! Her handcrafted captivating pieces connect to both the rockstar misfit and the luxurist alike.
Originally from Topanga Canyon, California, just a stones throw away from the infamous funky artist hang out of Venice beach, Justine grew up riding her horse to school through the canyon, and was such a natural rider at a young age that it would eventually lead her to be a potential Olympic contender.
Justine has been making custom jewellery from her own designs for almost a decade. Her journey began whimsically in her garden shed where she would make jewellery for her friends and family, and has since grown into an emerging global brand. Justine has created exclusive designs for celebrities including bass player Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and has had her pieces worn by many music industry and entertainment artists including Papa Roach. Her jewellery has most recently been featured on WGN’s hit TV series “Outsiders.”
Justine is a designer craft member of the National Association of Jewelers. In 2017, Justine was awarded by Industry Insight Monthly UK the title of “Best Fine Silver Jewellery Designer” and honored for her “Excellence in Custom Wedding Rings.”
Justine splits her time between England and California. She loves spending time with her husband and son, and hosting clients and creating unique pieces in her garden studio surrounded by the beautiful English countryside as her inspiration.
I love photographing people. Actually it is my favorite thing to do EVER! I am working on my contemporary portraiture site right now and found these before and afters of some brave souls who let me shoot them pre make over. It is quite magical seeing the transformation and seeing the love on my clients faces when they see their iamges.
Sisse came with her friend to my studio for her friends shoot and I knew I had to photograph her. Her eyes suck you into a crystal clear blue that you rarely see. We arranged a shoot for the very next week and I captured some stunning images of this beauty. What a pleasure to shoot and to get to know. Sisse is an actress and a musician and of course a natural beauty with a fun sweet sexy personality. You can catch her on her instagram account at @sissemarie
This is such a fun project. It started out trying to be creative with my girlfriends that were pregnant and wanting to give them something more than the average pregnancy photos. It became a wonderful underwater extravaganza! I had to learn how to balance myself and my clients in a submerged pool with a backdrop and sandbags. Let's just say it was a fun experiment. I tried adding a double exposure to the images which I feel gave them a little more creativity and beauty.