A Winter Walk

Back in Minneapolis a few weeks ago we had the chance to get together with some of our favorite players in the Wedding game. We kept it pretty loose and luckily all the details just fell into place how refreshing! 

With the main goal being spring we pulled a few dresses from the incomparable ladies at The White Room MPLS and shot three looks. This was actually the last dress, we ventured out of Jen's studio into the empty space down the hall and just decided to let the beauty of the white winter scene shine through.

Photographer: Garrett Born for Ninethirty

Photographer/Creative Director: Joan Born for Ninethirty

H&MUA/Stylist: Jennifer Des Lauriers (

Model: Hanna Voxland (

Florist: Katie Aiuppa with Sister Honey Floral Co (

Dress: Houghton 'Angie' ℅ The White Room MPLS (

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A few words on editing roadblocks.

I have the tendency to jump right into editing a project as soon as I get it all loaded into Lightroom. I pick my favorites and then whittle them down to something manageable for the project and apply our base "Ninethirty special sauce" edit and tweak from there until we are happy with the image.

We started with this image, witch I was actually pretty happy with but it wasn't grabbing Garrett in any particular way. Each small edit we tried kind of left it laying flat, it has a darker lighting style then we are used to shooting with and it kept jumping up like a road block. We set them aside for a week or so and in that time we went to the Chuck Close photographic exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery. Both of us were really drawn to his daguerreotype series. The use of light and shadow, the raw emotional quality, and the ah-mazing artistic voice he has of course. We tried this gelatin silver like edit on the series and it transformed into something completely different from where we began. 

Big thanks to our team as always: 

MUA - Karla Alvarez (@karla.makeupartist

Hair - Mackenzie Valerio (@mtvhairartistry

Model - Lexi Chinn (@lexi_chinn)


We bounce back and forth a lot on what our next lens purchase will be. The fun part? Renting all the goods to try them out. We rented a handy dandy Cannon 100mm Macro Lens for our Pantone Editorial and again for another beauty feature with Makeup artist Jennifer Des Lauriers. I love it and I want it... Check it out:


The set was recently featured in Elegant Magazine's December Beauty issue. We couldn't have done it without our amazing team: 

H&MUA: Jennifer Des Lauriers

Models: Ashley & Lauo

Nail Artist: Jan Rollof

Jewelry: Objects and Subjects


I've been wanting to do a shoot with this concept for a while now and the right team fell in place so we jumped right on it! We worked with Seattle based artist, Devin McCabe, to create a series of paintings and makeup artist Melissa Korn translated them into a series of beauty looks on our models, Sofia Tveter and Anya Zaytseva from Seattle Models Guild. Finishing with hair by Heather Strock, owner of Canary Salon. A selection from the series was featured on Solstice Magazine's digital editorial section. 


Nothing better then working with a team that works well together. We had an opportunity to get together with Gen and Karla twice over the last few months. Both shoots were killer on their own, and so completely different from each other.

The first shoot featured in EDWARD MAG 04

Photography - Garrett and Joan Born for Ninethirty

Art Direction and Wardrobe - Joan Born

Hair and Makeup artist - Karla Alvarez

Model - Gen Ramolete

The second shoot was one of our first at the new studio space. 

Photography - Garrett and Joan Born for Ninethirty

Art Direction - Garrett Born

Hair stylist and wardrobe - Geraldine Legaspi

Makeup artist - Karla Alvarez

Model - Gen Ramolete

From This Day Forward

We recently got together with Seattle Make-up Artist Jamyrlyn Mallory and Model Priya Mareedu for a test featuring a few gorgeous dresses from The Dress Theory. We came up with this fun, vintage-meets-modern series of bridal styled looks perfectly tied together with florals from Lola Creative.

Photographer: Garrett Born

Art Director/Wardrobe Stylist: Joan Born 

Hair & Makeup: Jamyrlyn Mallory with Studio Artist Collective 

Florist: Lola Creative 

Model: Priya Mareedu with SMG

Clothing & Accessories: The Dress Theory, Nordstrom’s, Via’s Vintage