I do not typically wear hats. Neither do my friends or family. So, my interest in using hats in my photography is hard to explain. But, hats have taken on a purposeful role in my photography . . . the incorporation of a hat into a portrait to help tell the story of the model I am shooting — playful, mysterious, sexy, moody, worldly, sassy, thoughtful, elegant, etc. For me, hats seem to help fulfill Dr. Suess’ observation: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Here are some hat observations to go with some of my favorite recent hat shots.
“When you wear a hat, it is like medicine for the soul. The hat is the expression of who you are as a women in every moment! The hat is your dreams of who you can be. It facilitates the different parts of who you are: With the wave of the hat, voila! You are mysterious…no, you are sexy…now proper…now playful.’” (Anonymous)
“Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.” (Frank Sinatra)
“You can flirt with a fan in your hand. You can flirt holding a cigarette, too. But a woman can really flirt with a hat.” (Dolores Foster)
“Women who love hats don’t get jealous. It makes them happy to see a hat that looks good on someone else. Women who wear hats know who they are.” (Anonymous)
“A hat is a shameless flatterer, calling attention to an escaping curl, a tawny braid, a sprinkling of freckles over a pert nose, directing the eye to what is most unique about a face. Its curves emphasize a shining pair of eyes, a lofty forehead; its deep brim accentuates the pale tint of a cheek, creates an aura of prettiness, suggests a mystery that awakens curiosity in the onlooker.” (Jeanine Larmoth)
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Makeup and hair by Jolie Carillo-Allen