For the following photo shoot for Vintage New York City Magazine, Editor-In-Chief Amelia Meloni asked me to focus on “glamour” in its article featuring the historic Abbott House found in the tranquil Village of Head-of-the-Harbor, Long Island, New York. When I first glanced at the pictures from this photo shoot, my initial thoughts ran from elegant beauty to peaceful serenity, but as a writer I am trained to examine just about everything. I began by asking myself, “What truly makes someone or something “glamorous?” Before commencing to write this article, I first decided to look up the meaning of the word 'glamour', but I refrained from placing a definition here because I did not believe that the true essence of “glamour” could be summed up in a few simple words.
Instead, when I think of glamour, my mind conjures up images of old Hollywood stars, then it moves on to movie sets of Cleopatra with all of their amazing wardrobes and accessories, and finally it settles upon an image of my beautiful grandmother sitting quietly at home, with no make-up, curlers still in her hair. Follow me for a moment and ask yourself, “What does the word “glamour” mean to you?”
If you ponder the word for a moment, in time you will see that it is not just a single person, place or thing that defines glamour, but rather a mixture of all of those elements that combine to create a most unique story; a story that has a unique and interesting beginning, middle, and an end. So it is in the case of the Abbott House photo shoot. It was clearly no accident that Amelia carefully chose not only a beautiful location but also one that is steeped in an abundantly rich history. Flipping through the pictures one after the other, I could easily see the glamour beginning to unfold. It was almost impossible for me to resist exploring the events that led up to the beauty that I was now seeing before my own eyes.
The Modern Day Gatsby Editorial Photo Shoot.
The first photo shoot for the upcoming third issue of Vintage NYC Magazine is appropriately titled: ”The Modern Day Gatsby.” Vintage NYC Magazine is known for showcasing timeless, and vintage fashion with a fashion forward and modern twist. In this case the magazine looks at the fashion of the 1920s, but adds the "modern twist," with up to date makeup and hair styles. While creating looks for the 20s it is easy to find inspiration with in the book, The Great Gastby. Therefore, as readers view the photos it is important to note that the magazine looks to the novel for ideas, but definitely adds its own creative ideas in the mix.
Our photo shoot for Vintage NYC Magazine takes place in an élite, and historic house in Oyster Bay Cove in Long Island, NY. Of course, readers of the original novel titled: The Great Gatsby know, New York is also the back drop for the novel from 1925, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Great Gatsby novel follows the life of millionaire, Jay Gatsby. Jay is married, but his true love is his mistress, Daisy Buchanan. Through this photoshoot readers get a small taste of the roaring twenties, the prominent love triangle, and the passion that Jay and Daisy share between them.
Showcasing inspirations from a well known, and beloved novel through photography is not always easy. However, thanks to our professional photographer, Christian Pries the story comes to life through this editorial photo shoot for Vintage New York City Magazine. Secondly, it is important to note that the amazing makeup is by Rose Macchio, and the creative hair styles are by Kristine Murillo. To learn more about the fashion, and to view more photographs from this fashion editorial please order the third issue of Vintage NYC Magazine.
Vintage NYC Magazine Photo Gallery 2014
Welcome to the magazine's photo gallery for 2014.
What does the word "glamour" mean to you? Featuring The Historic Abbott House
Photography by: Benjamin Kohen
Story by: Lindsey Cantrell
Here is what I found: The Village of Head-of-the-Harbor is located on the north shore of Long Island within the Township of Smithtown. The village itself is the subject of a chapter in the book “Head-of-the-Harbor: A Journey Through Time" written by Ferris Van Liew and Elizabeth Shepherd in 2005. In this book the authors state that in 1865, William Smith (whose family founded the town which now bears their name), constructs the Manor known today as the Abbott House and originally proclaims it as the "Hitherbrook House". Over the years the house was later owned by several prominent New York families, including such famous names as the Oxnards and the Thorntons, just to name a few.
The title "Abbott House" would not be given to the structure until almost sixty years later, when in 1925 it is purchased by the famous architect Franklin Abbott, who completely re-designs the entire residence. If you visit the privately owned Abbott House today you can still see many of Mr. Abbott’s original designs, ranging from the large living room that once was divided into two parlors, to the elegant library, ovaldriveway, and enlarged kitchen that Mr. Abbott added on to the house in 1929.
Vintage New York City Magazine is extremely proud to present photos from such a unique and historic location, as well as to introduce their readers to Ms. Victoria T., ordinarily a “behind the scenes” very unique and talented make-up artist for the celebrity and fashion industry. Here, for the first time, Victoria is herself the subject of this most recent shoot. Ordinarily working far from the limelight to create the perfect look for the models of all of the Vintage NYC Magazine shoots, this time it is Victoria’s turn to be on the other side of the cameras flash, and this hidden gem proves to be as natural and as confident in front of the camera as she is behind it. Victoria is a true artist who is extremely talented and one who can flawlessly bring out the inherent beauty found in all of her clients. Ms. T. possesses a strong working background and an unparalleled education in creative make-up design. She is well known for booking jobs with famous clients who employ her to work on movie sets, fashion shows, weddings, and so much more.............
The Modern Gatsby Event....
Zuri McDaniels Our Beautiful Cover Girl Hots Vintage NYC Magazine's
" The Modern Gatsby Celebration "
Here are a few snippets from our Modern Gatsby celebration!
Ladies and gents came dressed to impressed in vintage style. Together we were able to help raise awareness for The Felix Organization It was a huge success!
Classic Vintage Aviation Glamour Editorial photo shoot
RETRO POOL -Vintage Editorial- NYC photo shoot