BELLE ÉTÉ

Photography: Anja Verdugo
Styling: Megan Hart & Anja Verdugo
Make-up: Nica Demaria
Hair: Megan Hart
Photo Assistant: dalas verdugo
Models: Haley Martin & Kathleen Evans
Wardrobe: Nadinoo, Up the Wooden Hills, Anna Allen, Clever Nettle, Summerland












This summer editorial is something I’ve been working on for a while, it all started with the discovery of an awesome old historic house on Sauvie Island. It is empty now, which made it a perfect backdrop for a countryside shoot, and all the Oregon Parks folks were really chill about the whole thing. I contacted a couple of my favorite independent designers to see if they’d provide some clothing, and I was so excited when they all said yes. A million thanks to Nadia, Lisa Marie and Anna for sending such great stuff, and in two cases, from so far away. A million more thanks to Megan, Nica, dalas, Haley and Kathleen for being so cool and spending a day with me out in the country and makin’ it happen. May your summer dreams make you feel oh so fine!

In other photo news, Megan and I won third place in the Crossroads photo contest! Yay! There were over 1500 entries, so I’m proud of us. Interesting to note, all the winners (except for first) are from Portland!

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  • http://lettersfromhomefront.blogspot.com Jill

    Oh WOW! These are absolutely amazing photos. FANTASTIC styling. WOW!

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  • http://palegirlinthecity.tumblr.com Annie

    Gorgeious pictures! And I love the clothes as well–all the girls look like people I’d want to hang out with (so they can share their style tips).

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  • http://ofstrangersensibilities.blogspot.com Joy

    The lighting is beautiful and the photos are absolutely gorgeous!

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  • http://www.shop-summerland.com Megan

    Aaahhhhh it turned out so great! I can’t stop staring at that tennis racquet photo, what a BABE. Thanks for making it happen, what a fun day!

    p.s. new blog layout looks very very nice!

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  • http://ventricularprojects.blogspot.com/ Tricia

    I love these! Particularly that amazing light blue dress.

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  • Anabela

    So amazing! I love the little cat tattoo peekin’ out. Everything is so perfect, and I love how you overlaid the photos over the flower photos.

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  • http://nakedcowgirlvintage.blogspot.com Crystal Lee

    Wow! Wow! Wowee! These photos are brilliant. Love how sun-drenched they are.

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  • http://www.clevernettle.com/rachabees Rachel

    This is my fave http://clevernettle.com/images/belleete10.jpg Nice work channy!

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  • http://byilana.blogspot.com/ ilana

    holy moly WOW! i so wish you could shoot my next lookbook, nuts to being on the opposite coast…sigh!

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  • http://intrepidhermit.blogspot.com Kelly June

    Your photography has gotten so incredible! It’s not only beautiful but inspiring too.

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  • http://qsdaydream.blogspot.com Quincy

    I’m crazy in love with these!

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  • http://monsieurhulotetmoi.blogspot.com Andrea

    These are way gorgeous, Anja. You use light crazy well! Let’s sit in some sunshine again sometime soon.

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  • http://elegantmusings.com Casey

    Congrats about the contest!!! :D Oh my goodness… could this shoot be any more perfect? So many beautiful garments and the styling and location is spot-on. I have to tell you that it has been so neat to watch you take on more and more shoots over the past couple years–such an inspiration. :)

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  • http://it-girl-rag-doll.blogspot.com emily

    wow Anja! these are just so amazing! i really love the floral border on some of the photos. what a great summer feel with some really great designers!

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  • http://www.miniaturerhino.blogspot.com jessica // miniaturerhino

    i can so see these photographs in print. always impressed by your photographs & I love the monochrome overlays too. congrats on the photo win too!

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  • http://hannahandlandon.blogspot.com hannah

    These are wonderful Anja!

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  • http://forme-foryou.com kate

    This turned out so lovely, Anja. I love all these fun shoots you do! I’m jealous of all that creative energy in your circle in Portland.

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  • http://www.diversionsblog.com Stef

    Congratulations and wow! These are gorgeous :)

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  • http://www.percyowl.blogspot.com Hannah

    Just lovely! The clothes are pretty just like the styling, backdrop, photography, models – everything!!
    Great work :)

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  • http://www.nadinoo.com Nadia Izruna

    Such beautiful shots Anja, delighted our little Nadinoo pieces got to join in on the fun!

    Love Nadia x

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  • http://lapetitenina.com Marina

    was getting a bit worried there as I saw this and it had a feeling of a horror movie, but then it calmed down and the girls looked a bit more relaxed and sensual.. cool.

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  • http://www.myevaforeva.blogspot.com Jenya

    Congrats Anja! I am so thrilled for you and your team. Your photos make me wanna run to pick up my Pentax and a roll of film and start shooting. All of the photos are so dreamy and soft. I love them all! Way to go!

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  • http://www.meganmcisaac.tumblr.com megan mcisaac

    does one of the models work at stumptown? if not, she has a serious doppleganger. i want to photograph her!

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  • http://www.damselofdainty.com/blog Inge

    Those strawberries really are the tops.

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  • http://rainbowgatherer.blogspot.com Rainbow Gatherer

    Lovely and so fresh looking summer photos !

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  • http://art-and-ghosts.blogspot.com/ louise

    these are stunning!

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  • http://upthewoodenhills.blogspot.com Lisa Marie

    I’ve said it before but I just had to make a comment and say it here too – these pictures are so lovely, Anja! Everything was captured in such a beautiful way and every detail from the styling to the lightning and the mood in each picture is perfect and dreamy.

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  • http://www.kelseygenna.com Kelsey Genna

    Stunning!

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  • http://www.spokenlovesong.blogspot.com LH

    so many beautiful clothes, this was a beautiful editorial!

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  • http://www.chucksmiscellany.blogspot.com Chuck

    Congratulations all round! On the competition and this beautiful shoot. Just gorgeous.

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    Wow, what beautiful images. You must have worked really hard on these.

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  • http://www.audreyeclectic.blogspot.com heather

    this is just so lovely and dreamy. What a beautiful shoot with such beautiful clothes!

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  • Karen Patrick

    Fabulous! Your pictures are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing them. NFA trust

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