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Gimme SOME more…

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

We were asked recently to contribute to a new magazine out of Puerto Rico, Some Magazine.

The first story they published is “Cheveux Rouge” – our nude shoe story. We will definitely be doing more nudes in the near future!
Photography: Kat+Duck
Makeup: Daniel K
Hair: Kahlil Oliver
Model1: Ely Turrietta @ Direct Model Management NYC
Model2: Jessamyn Moon


The second is “ReVamp”
Photography: Kat+Duck
Makeup: Christopher Milone
Hair: Sharmeen Azmudeh
Model: Alexandra Vanenkovova @ Q Management NY

SOME Magazine: ReVamp
SOME Magazine: ReVamp
SOME Magazine: ReVamp
SOME Magazine: ReVamp

Keep an eye out, next week… It may be time for some more fun images from our recent shoots….


Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Over the weekend MOMA PS1 held the MOVE! exhibition that featured 12 collaborations between fashion designers and modern artists for a two day long event. The collaborations were live performances and interactive installations.

While the spacious galleries of PS1 were notably not filled during this event, what was there was fun, interactive, and thought-provoking; blurring the lines between fashion and fine art.

A favorite of ours was the Terence Koh featuring Calvin Klein collaboration. This one definitely was more fine art than fashion. (we are fans of Koh’s work!)


Another highlight from the event was the Cynthia Rowley and Olaf Breuning collaboration. Rowley designed plain denim shirts, trousers and dresses which were then dressed on a model who was walked into a plastic lined box and splashed with paint. The dresses were then photographed, and removed to dry.

This was definitely more fine art installation but resulted in a whole one off fashion collection. (Breuning really liked Duck’s bleach splattered vest he wore to the show)


Over all the show seemed to be a success, but we would have liked to see a few more designers and definitely some locally based designers and artists.


Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We have watched Samantha Sleeper, creative genius behind NPRPA, grow as a talent from her senior thesis days back at Parsons. So, when she asked us to work on the SS 2011 look book, we had to say yes. The collection was shot over 2 days.

The first day was a video shoot where we were called in to do the production stills. Shot outside on a gorgeous sunny day in Williamsburg (though a little on the hot side), the sun and wind added to the breezy pastel palate of the collection, really setting the mood for Spring.


The second part was a studio day to shoot what became the printed look book. We had Dani, an awesome model from One Models with us for both shoots. Kitty Andrews Millinery did a special collaboration project – 4 specially designed hats – for Spring 2011.


And after a long day we finally wrapped!


BEVEL NYC, Ball Game

Monday, September 27th, 2010

While attending the Sang Bleu Magazine launch party and art show, we met Jonathan Goldstein, the mastermind behind the new jewelry brand BEVEL. A short while later, he contacted us to shoot his first look book. His first collection is called “Ball Game”.

The story behind the line is the legend of the Hero Twins, the oldest Mayan creation myth to have been preserved in its entirety. Each piece has 3 states of being: modern, classic, and sacrificed. We tried to stay true to the line’s tribal feel, with the help and art direction of Char Alfonzo, in the look book we shot.

Check out more of Jonathan’s work here BEVEL Jewelry NYC.

Models: Manuel Ramos + Jill @ Re:quest Models
Models2: Jahbar + Barry
Makeup: Alejandro Calvani



Designer Watch: Frank Nathan

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Frank Nathan is a recent Parsons graduate and already is designing stunning conceptual pieces, using the most luxurious of furs and fabrics. We got to shoot a look book with him before he left for Paris.

His latest collection is inspired by soft furs, inkblots and the darkest parts of the human mind. Frank invited us to view the line before we started working together and we fell in love with his craftsmanship on first glance. Not only did he use fur in unexpected ways (his gray sweater dress is actually woven fox fur), but used crystals and mixed different cuts of deep purple fur to play with the light that hits the pieces.

To reflect the original inspiration of the line into the look book, we decided to turn the model into a Rorschach inkblot through the use of mirror images.

One of our favorite pieces was the studded alligator helmets. We definitely need to get a pair of those for our studio!


Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

After much wait, our hair story (though chopped down to 3 looks) is out in DisFUNKshion Magazine.

Photography: Kat + Duck
Stylist: Samantha Sleeper
Hair: Andreas Hinteregger
Makeup: Christopher Milone
Photo Assistant: Shadi Best
Ely Turrietta @ Direct NY
Mick S @ Wilhelmina
Courtney G @ Wilhelmina

Below are the rest of the images which we feel are worth having a butchers…

What we did last summer at Houtkamp

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Fantastics Mag picked up the fashion side of the Houtkamp story! Please check it out. We are still thrilled with her work, always gorgeous tattoos and paintings! And we even snuck in a personalized tattoo on Laura……

Photography: ©2010 Kat+Duck
MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Sharmeen
Wardrobe Stylist: Jersey
Model: Kara Shelton @ Red NYC
Model : Laura @ Muse

Playing catch up

Friday, April 16th, 2010

As I mentioned in the last post, not much chatter coming from our peanut gallery here in this blog for over a month. This means we’ve got some explaining to do. Besides anxiously awaiting print dates for our Spring editorials (which we are still doing…. more to come), we have been shooting summer editorials (again I cannot tell you more) and as always we test test and test.

The last test we did was with the lovely Brazilian, Bruna from Wilhelmina. Local Brooklyn designer Pupusza Couture loaned us some of her Spring collection. The result is a super saturated explosion of color.

MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Hair by Trinity
Wardrobe: Papusza Couture
Model: Bruna@Wilhelmina

Before that we worked with an amazing stylist we know, Marissa Adele. This test almost didn’t happen, but in the end we pulled through and worked into the night thanks to Direct Models and Basic Model Management

MUA: Daniel K
Hair: Kristin Jackson
Wardrobe: Marissa Adele

I Turn My Camera On

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

We worked with fashion stylist, Tara Denman, a little while back to create this story. It is the story of a girl and her Holga. We were inspired to use some of the older cameras in our collection and shoot some film. For this one we only used the Holga, but I do see a Rolleiflex and of course my Mamiya RZ67 in our not too distant future. We just need to find a good place to get the film processed. The place we went to scratched all of our film Рso much retouching!  We would also like to thank Kara Shelton from Red NYC for working with us and enduring the cold that night, she always brings it to our shoots!


BG Magazine beauty editorial

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

We have been SUPER busy this past month with editorial work, but we have a moment to get back on track and update the blog.

This month we are happy to say that we shot a cool beauty editorial and one of our images was used for cover for BG Magazine. The story is 1 part of a 2 part vision concepted by Chris Milone, and based on the works of Dutch tattoo artist, Angelique Houtkamp. Check out her work, it is amazing. We are only sad that she is booked out for the rest of the year and could not tattoo us when we traveled to Europe this May.

Skin & Bones (@2010 Kat+Duck)
MUA: Christopher Milone
Hair: Liz Lazo
Model1: Jessica@MC2
Model2: Milena@Wilhelmina

Check out more of Angelique Houtkamp’s work HERE

Animal Farm: working with animals

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Today we decided to try something new. Now working with multiple models can get tricky. I find that whenever one in totally on point the other is looking off into space or doing something that is not quite on par. Now these trouble multiple exponentially the more models you add into a set.

What happens when one of your models is an African gray parrot?

We have a friend (and hair stylist) that has a few exotic birds as pets. The are always at the studio, hanging out on everyone’s shoulder, saying inappropriate comments. Then we had an idea, what sort of fab prop would one of those make in a shoot?!?!

Directing people is trouble enough, but think of doing it with a bird, untrained, does not speak English, and we definitely do not speak parrot.

In the end, all you can really hope for when working with animals is the one perfect shot where everyone is doing something magic. Though I do have to say that I does make the editing process MUCH easier since there are so many no’s.

Working with animals there are a lot of “bloopers” (as much as I really despise that word). Merlin, parrot, was eating the models hair, jewelry, lips, got covered in makeup, and started to fly away. Some of these outtakes turned out to be images that we both really liked. So you never really know what to expect from animals and that is part of the fun. They definitely do bring their own personality to the shoot. I think in the future we I would like to work with a very larger dog, a pig, a chicken and whatever else I have on offer.


Ready for Lift Off

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Hair Test (©2009 Kat+Duck)

Hair: Andreas H

MUA: Tina G

Styling: Samantha Sleeper

Model: Lillian @ Basic Model Management

We are currently working with this amazing hair stylist from Austria, Andreas (Seriously go check out his work, it’s pretty mind blowing and I do not say this lightly).¬† I completely forget how he found us or vice-versa, but any how we met him for coffee, and that was a start of a fairly long journey into a sea of hair. Not too long after our initial meeting he was coming over every day to work on hair and when the place he was staying in was closed down, he ended up moving in.¬† He is such a workaholic, our entire entry way is covered in hair!

We planned a crazy big shoot that was supposed to happen last weekend but has been pushed to this weekend since we want everything to be perfect.  Instead we worked on a hair test to see how at least one of the pieces looked and how robust of a model we will need to be casting.  So at this exact time I have hair, makeup, stylist, and of course ourselves.  Now to cast 3 models who can endure this amazing shoot Рand trust me this one will be amazing!

Of course, while I am sitting here writing this and writing emails to bookers and photoshopping the last 2 shoot and working on our promo, I am starting to realize that I think we may indeed benefit form an intern!¬† That being said and the little angry man in my head telling me to get back to work, I leave you with a few images from last Sunday’s shoot.

Edit: Now time has passed since I initially wrote this past post and we have so far shot the hair story for submission and are in the process of editing and doing all the post work.¬† The hair ended up looking amazing and came out even BETTER than this test.¬† We are so very pleased with the outcome.¬† Sad I cannot post those at the moment, so you will just have to deal with the test shoot for now, happy in the knowledge that an amazing hair story will eventually be posted in it’s stead.

Oh and now Andreas has gone home and we are back to planning another one month stay and non stop photo shoots!

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough

Friday, September 11th, 2009

The other test we recently finished with Major Model Management (Tsubasa) was another shoot that originally was supposed to be something completely different.¬† With the beautiful new white cove studio reserved, we had everything lined up for a 9am shoot.¬† It was going to be a full fashion story with 6-8 looks based on architectural shapes – very strong graphics and silhouettes.¬† 9am rolls around no model no fashion….. hmmmm, not to fear, the name of the game is improvisation.¬† We called our favorite people over at Major and they sent over Tsubasa, a very beautiful model from Japan.¬† Fashion showed up right before then with a newly inspired Michael Jackson look.¬† Not what was planned on, but working none the less.¬† The unfortunate part of the day was that we had lost time and instead of a full fashion story that we could shop around, we had to limit it to a test since we had to be out of the studio by 5pm.¬† Stll, some lovely images and we now LOVE shooting on the cove, and shooting in black and white!

Don’t Stop ‘Til YouGet Enough (¬©2009 Kat+Duck)

MUA: Daniel K

Hair: Kristin Jackson

Fashion:  Bianca

Model: Tsubasa @ Major

Gone Fishing

Friday, September 11th, 2009

We finished all the post for the last 2 tests we did with Major Model Management.

We had one of our favorite hair stylists come all the way from Baltimore with a case full of hair and a simple concept Рnets.  Granted as always the shoot did not take form how we originally envisioned it, but the finals are quite nice.

Neon Nets (©2009 Kat+Duck)

Hair: Kahlil Oliver

MUA: Daniel K

Model: Kacie @ Major

Pictures of you

Monday, August 31st, 2009

We have a lot of shoots currently under review right now and hopefully will be able to share the final outcomes really soon.  We had a shoot with this fantastic upcoming fashion designer, Samantha Sleeper Рkeep an eye on her, we have a feeling she is going to do some spectacular things.  The story is dark and moody, glamorous and sexy, we love love love this shoot and just cannot share yet!  We also have been experimenting on the cove in the downstairs studio Рan entire room of white coved loveliness!!!

As always in the meantime, we have outtakes!  You do just love seeing our beautiful faces!

Oh yes, and in other news, we hung out the other day with one of Duck’s photographer friends from San Francisco, Hudson Cuneo.¬† Check out his work -it’s divine!

Hudson Cuneo

We went out to Coney Island last Saturday, something I have not done since I did that shoot for Auxilliary Magazine’s Summer issue!¬† It was a perfect day, nicely overcast and threatening to rain.¬† So we grabbed umbrellas and went to the seaside.¬† Sadly everything was closed except one lonely Peruvian roast chicken stand.¬† With the promise of beer we sat down and oredered some chicken and plantains only later to find out that the aforementioned beer was not to be!¬† It was still a great day talking shop and a nice excursion out from the photography studio!KDchains

There is something caught in my net

lost in the void

the oldest profession

Dirt Mansion

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

The joy of photography is the lack of immediacy of which we can show our work to the general public.  First we have to wait for selects from bookers, then we have to do the post production on the images, and then we have to wait and see if they are going to in fact be published and if they are when the visibility embargo ends on them.  Only then can e post images on the blog.  That being said we did a shoot with our pop star friends Dirt Mansion.  They are another great creative team, Katie and Johnny.  Check them out!

Dirt Mansion

We got really great access to this beautiful location in Manhattan which really helped set the mood of the shoot.¬† With the aide of a fantastic stylist who pulled some really current designer fashion, we pulled off a pretty good looking shoot, if I do say so myself….




Better late than never

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Something my parents always told me that it is always better late than never so here is un update and hopefully more regular posting that is for sure!  So the last posting was from waaaaaay back in June after our fabulously long and hot road trip across country, starting with a nice little test shoot in San Francisco.  I can finally post some outtakes and some completed images from that shoot!268704_800_bf136f



K+D SF outtakes

It was fun, but rather in the past so we move on.  Since coming back we did some testing with Click Model Management, which was fun and we tried out differnt lighting techniques and feels from the usual beauty we normally do.  We thought this time we will do something pretty :)





Pan American Death Trip Pt. 3

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Specifically New Orleans. Booked 2 nights at this lovely boutique hotel next to the French Quarter. Sad that our friend in NOLA were out of town, but we did get a bunch of advice on where to go. We had the most amazing food, gumbo, blackened redfish, marinated crab claws, po’boys, and bignets! We also squeezed in checking out 2 of the many hundred (or so it seams) cemeteries, a drink on Bourbon Street, a trolley ride, a voodoo shop, and both buying and then breaking my jar of pickled okra on the floor of the bignet shop. And yes, it was a hot, sticky, sweaty 106 degrees!!!! Sad to leave, not sad to get out of the weather. Much come back and visit friends. Everyone there was so bloody nice!
Decided the get the hell out of Dodge and come back to the land of the living. We were tired and we missed the cats, so drove straight through Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Jersey – that is not an easy feat kids!
Now we are back, rested, showered, and back to the task of being photographers. Stay tuned there is always more to come……

Pan American Death Trip Pt. 2

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Visited some of Duck’s family, had a nice home cooked dinner (thank God, I get so tired of eating out all the time). Then off again the next day. Stopped in the Saguaro National Forrest. Filled with the stick ‘em up cacti. Getting hotter….
Drove through New Mexico in the dead of night and on to Texas:
Stopped off in Austin and stayed with a friend of a friend, don’t you just love those, they always seem to help when you are in a bit of a pickle of just low on funds… Very cool city but did not have enough time to really explore. Its like a California city plonked in the middle of Texas – weird! Really must go back. Hotter yet but nothing compared to our next stop…

Pan American Death Trip Pt. 1

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Since blogger only allows me a 6 image post, and we are indeed photographers, the road trip wrap up is going to be done in installments to maximize the photos. It has been a strange two and a half weeks in the otherwise stationary work of Kat and Duck. We started off flying to San Francisco for a week to

1. visit family
2. get a break from NYC
3. pick up my car
4. get a decent burrito
We managed to accomplish our goals, but as always remembered things we wanted to do as soon as we left the city. Then again there is always next time, and I forgot how little time we had to have fun and try to get a photo shoot in! Oops, I always over book things to do! We got our photo shoot, and some dim sum, dinner with Family at the Citrus club, checked out the new Academy of Sciences, got sushi with designer friends Kristin and Richard (of Hiss and Hearse fame), went to Sacramento for a friend’s salon opening, and went sake tasting!
So we embarked for our week and a half on the road from California, through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and back to Jersey and New York. Ok, so I didn’t really look at the map when I got the amazingly bright idea to drive the car across country in July (hot hot hot!)!
Also among the bright ideas with dim outcomes was the idea to blog everyday in the road. I mean, we did bring computers and cameras with us, but then was the tricky issue of internet and time. So the facebooks and the twitters were kept up to date but the blog withered away in a ditch shortly outside San Francisco, but never fear, it has been revived and it is alive again!
After SF we drove down to visit our makeup artist friend Courtney in LA for 2 days. Good fun, though our photo shoot totally fell through! Had some more delightful Mexican food and a lot of drinks before running off. Weather was hot but nothing compared to later in the trip! We then drove to the Salton Sea, if you have no idea what I am talking about I would go goole it now. I mean NOW, go on, I’ll wait for you to get back…… So that was pretty rad but that also meant that we did not have time to stop by Joshua Tree (the hippy burner inside of me cried a tear), again something to put on that next time list.

Bang bang my baby shot me down

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Monday was a fun shoot at Baker Beach.  Thought we should really capitalize on the time we spend here in SF and squeeze in a shoot into our schedule.  Plagued with troubles and cancellations, we finally pulled through in our usual fashion with a nice fashion shoot.  Sadly, not as much sun as we had all hoped, it definitely has a distinctive San Francisco feel to it Рfog and all.

We shot at the bunkers, we shot in the surf, we shot in the sand and we shot in the trees.  In my usual fashion (Kat) I managed to fall straight into the Pacific with my phone and CF cards in my pockets Рoh no, the first half of our shoot was on those cards!  Luckily everything dried out and still worked fine Рthe world did not end.  Finished off with our trade marked Voltron maneuver to get the perfect overhead shot!  
So we went home after 8 hours with sand in my pockets, sea water squelching out of my boots, and a distinctive dried salty feeling to my skin, but with a nice 8 look SF summer story on our computer.  Everyone gets a pat on the back and now off to buy some dry socks!