This photo story was about two girls on a road trip to Bisbee.
Bisbee is a great little getaway only 1.5 hours from Tucson with fun shops, interesting architecture and sites, music, and a cool laid back vibe for enjoying yourself without a lot of expectations.
We started at 6am and didn’t stop till 6pm! The entire day was great because of the team I was working with!
Scott Barker, Editor of Tucson Lifestyle MagazineTom Spitz, Photographer Matthew Kauffman , Art Director Tucson Lifestyle Magazine Joseph Boldt, Photo Assistant The models: Vanessa Baird, and Paige McGiffen. OUCH!!! Bisbee is always a fun visit and the opportunity to do a photo shoot made the day quite an adventure!
The last shoot of the day was at the Shady Dell Airstream Park. I couldn’t help but reminisce when I stayed there 18 years ago when it was $45.00 a night! I was booked in the Spartan Airstream
To prepare for the success of the photo shoot I need to always visualize the outfits that will compliment the different “scenes”. My job was also to create multiple looks using one base such as the dresses I chose and switch out accessories, add a jacket etc. They worked out beautifully. Vintage Luggage that I had as props in my Store in California a zillion years ago!!!
Flippin excited that Paige wore my Elvis dress!!!
My instinct as a Stylist is to try on all the outfits the models will be wearing. If I know it looks good on me I know it will look good on them. The wardrobe and most props for the shoot were exclusively from my private collection. Having owned a Vintage Consignment Store Timeless in Palo Alto California I have managed to hold on to quite a collection!
It was a great day as I expected. The shoot ran smoothly and on time which doesn’t always happen. We started out by the Fairgrounds to do the “car shoot”. Notice the bangles Paige is wearing !!!
You gotta love a guy who smiles while shlepping!
Vanessa striking a pose! Vanessa wearing Vintage Circa 80’s Ralph Lauren JacketGetting psyched for Bisbee!!Wayne’s Toys AKA Tucson Auto Museum provided the choice automobile. I enjoyed meeting the owners, they were a lovely couple.
Once the car shoot was completed we all jumped in our cars and caravanned to Bisbee to finish the story.
Here is a look at my behind the scenes shots :
First Bisbee stop: Bisbee Breakfast Club where we all enjoyed lunch together too!
Joseph and Tom prepping
The Beginning of the 1000 Step Stair Climb! In front of the Copper Queen Hotel
I achieved completing these steps a few years ago. Here with my friend Susan Firth.When walking the stairs you get to see so many intricate, funky exteriors of little houses, bizarro stuff, arts and crafts, etc while you climb.
Shopping Antiques at Acacia Art and Antiques
I love this store and of course I found something perfect to add to my white pottery collection. I have a beautiful friend in Boston who collects white pottery and I started a little collection of my own so everytime I look at it I think of her!
Stock Exchange Saloon and Grill
Hustling is the name of the Game
Walking down Main Street
I trekked on the opposite side of the street for this shot! I love it!!!
Shady Dell RV Park!!! Vanessa wearing Betsy Johnson, J Crew Shoes. Paige wearing Anthropologie, Lucky Sandals
Vanessa, pull yourself together!
Paige looks like a 1940’s glamour movie star!! PJ’s: Natori and Anthropologie
The only phone booth left in America!!!
Matthew said I was saluting at the end of the day with a smile!! I enjoyed the day in Bisbee indeed!
I love the fantasy of a photo shoot. They are a lot of work but also a lot of fun and the pics in the end are amazing that are selected for the magazine spread. Thanks Tom Spitz for your amazing photos!
June Issue of Tucson LifeStyle — Check it out and go cool off in Bisbee during the summer!!!