Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Hamptons, Italian Vogue Pelle

I shot this story for Italian Vogue Pelle last August. As you know, magazine editorial budgets are extremely low, especially in this economy. Instead of packing up for an exotic location, I shot this at the hotel where I spent Summer vacation with my kids.

We didn’t officially ask permission to shoot there, so we quietly ran around the grounds with a hair stylist, makeup person, fashion stylist, tech person and four or five assistants…. you know, a typical vacation day.

The fishing poles, boogie boards and bag of charcoal belonged to my neighbors. I shot this very early in the morning and kept telling the stylist, “Hurry! Get the bag and bikinis in place, so I can shoot this before they wake up”.


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  1. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Vibrant and beautiful!

  2. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I love these shots, makes me wish for summer already. The ease of dressing in summer vs. the layering and boots and gloves all winter long. I love the sandals, the jeans with the applique. I don't see any pastels here at all.

  3. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    makes me want to go on vacation… now! beautiful images…

  4. Bored_and_Agitated

    April 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Her hair is so gorgeous!

  5. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Really gorgeous fashion photography Scott. Thanks for sharing it. I love your blog. There is a clear distinction between your personal work and paid editorial. I would hate to see the best fashion blogs losing integrity as they become increasingly influencial. You're very inspiring for me.

  6. Arbitrarily Voguish

    April 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    breathtaking… absolutely unreal.
    i am inspired.

  7. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 7:38 pm


  8. The Sartorialist

    April 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    For Anon 7:33

    remember I shot this months ago and nothing has changed on this blog since. The only way shooting more editorial will change the blog is that it will make me a better more diverse photographer.

  9. Gianluca Senese

    April 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    the third photo is wonderful…

  10. jessica

    April 15, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    beautiful shoot Scott. I love love love hearing the stories behind what made the images… things you never hear in magazines. Its like the 'month in fashion' video of garance and yourself we all loved so much… gives as an insider look

  11. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Love the story behind the shoot! I'm surprised and tickled you had to sneak around the hotel – it reminds me of when I had to take photos of design stores for a class assignment and was forced to use all the sleuthiness I learned from watching old episodes of the pink panther to avoid getting caught photographing the stores' "not to be photographed" displays/vignettes. Unlike your lovely photos, the pressure of being discreet combined with my sadly lacking photography skills resulted in a rather poor production ;)

  12. Meg

    April 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Seems like both you and Garance are definitely getting some great exposure of late with the mags etc, greatness.

    Am so happy for the success you have had over the last two years, it is always wonderful to watch art grow.

  13. Christing

    April 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    this place looks so serene and beautiful. love the playful/whimsical styling.

  14. Under Urooba's Umbrella!

    April 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    The clothes are beautiful, as well as the shots!



  15. eva

    April 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Ahhh Mr.Sartorialist, It pleases me so to see yet another beautiful lady on a beautiful bike!

    You help out us 'chic cyclists' so much by making cycling look so good!

    much adoration,

  16. Emelie Stanfield

    April 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Sometimes creativity flows more freely whe one is 'in a pinch'… Wonderful shots!

  17. Alyssa

    April 15, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Everyone will want their summers to be just like this. Fantastic.

  18. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    You needed FIVE assistants for this shoot?

  19. Anna Marie

    April 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    incredible, totally worth the covert operation.

  20. fashion australia

    April 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    what amazing photos! especially the one of the boogie boards and the simple louis vuitton bag!

  21. Theresa Cheek

    April 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    yankee ingenuity ! That's being creative in the best way!

  22. The Fashion Alchemist

    April 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Her flowery jeans are gorgeous!

  23. Luke

    April 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Great shoot, sometimes the most frantic and unplanned shoots are the best – love it!

  24. Lovisa

    April 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Beautiful pictures, especially the one of the model sitting having breakfast. The colors are striking.

  25. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    April 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm


  26. Rogue Seal

    April 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    love the saturated colours mixed amongst the starker ones all in the lilting late afternoon sun. so pretty!

  27. kaye i.

    April 15, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    How sneaky :) Very beautiful and vibrant photos. I like it. A lot.

  28. Melissa~

    April 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Jaja! working in the dark, like if you were stealing. that gave to the shoot more flavour (even more).
    Luck is italian vogue, so now one is going to say "hey, It's that my board?" "hey, is that my hotel?"

    Kisses scott!

  29. Chiara Biasi

    April 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Awesome pics!
    Kisses from Italy…

  30. These pictures make me think of Peace and calm..

  31. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I live in The Hamptons and I have no idea where this is shot. Would love to know. Westhampton?

  32. Helena

    April 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, this is beautiful. Thanks


    April 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    These shots are beautiful! I especially love the first one.

  34. fashionweed

    April 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    so beautiful.

  35. pilcuis

    April 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    wow congratulations these shots are so beautiful!!

  36. Natalie

    April 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    beautiful styling!

  37. Queen of Mayhem

    April 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    stunning! i really adore the jeans in the last photo. are the flowers painted on or applique??

  38. Sierra S

    April 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    great use of location and color! Feels like summer just looking at it.

  39. Sierra S

    April 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    great use of location and color! feels like summer just looking at the pictures

  40. Maya

    April 15, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    This whole thing is gorgeous!


  41. juliafc

    April 15, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    yes indeed: we call them guerilla fashion shoots over on our little knitting magazine. Delighted to know that's how you do it too.

  42. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    What was the point of showing these staged photos on your site? So the stealth styling and photographs are nice — big deal. I thought your purpose was to show the spontaneous, inspiring, interestingly dressed person, which you do so well.

  43. shuyi

    April 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    hullo scott, i love these shots, especially the first one of the girl on the bike! i look at the pictures on the sartorialist whenever i need some magic in my life.

  44. Bere

    April 15, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    man how cool!

  45. Lisa Petrarca

    April 15, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I love these! Sometimes the "winging it" gives you better pictures than the well planned out shots…don't ya think?

    I'm absolutely in love with the third shot! The flag blowing, the swimsuit with the jacket…makes you feel as though you are right there with her.


  46. The Pale and Pallor Princess

    April 16, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Beautiful, I love the sunlight in the first one. The colour is great in all of them.

  47. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 12:14 am

    i love this editorial. i especially love that your work (both personal and editorial) doesnt look super-enhanced, photoshopped etc. The light, the model, the setting – all looks so natural. as an amateur photographer I find it very inspirational – in a weird way it makes me think that i could take photos like that too one day. In fact, it would be fair to say that both your and Garance's work is what got me into photography in the first place (although i dont photograph street style or anything of that sort). Much love!

  48. Karena

    April 16, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Amazing photography. I love those painted jeans!! Light bright and airy work!

    Art by Karena

  49. Sam

    April 16, 2010 at 12:24 am

    The composition is fabulous. The colors leap off the page. This is fashion editorial on the web done right.

  50. Tara

    April 16, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Beautiful pictures.

    Truely inspiring.

    I especially love the third and the last one but they are all amazing.

  51. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 12:35 am

    The clothes are extremely unflattering in the shot with the boogie board.

  52. Celeste Bee

    April 16, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Gotta learn how to shoot without getting caught. People just keep on walking up to me when I do my shoots.

  53. Brigadeiro

    April 16, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Brilliantly done!

  54. Vanessa @ Peace, Joy, Style

    April 16, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I like how everything has that worn look to it and it isn't so prim and proper as one would usually guesstimate (is that a word? oh well. I'm using it.) to be with the usual preppy environment of the Hamptons.

    Instead, these pictures provide the dreamy escape of what summer vacation could be like for everyone to relate to.

    - Vanessa

  55. Lissy

    April 16, 2010 at 1:28 am


  56. hui ting

    April 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

    This shoot looks great! despite the low budget :) You did a great job.

  57. Juliet

    April 16, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Beautiful job!

    juliet xxx

  58. lorenzomateo

    April 16, 2010 at 2:24 am

    ¡Bucólica chica!

  59. Felice

    April 16, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Hats off!

  60. Nadezhda

    April 16, 2010 at 2:37 am

    The last shot looks like an old russian village :)

  61. marie jedig

    April 16, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Gorgeous pics……..nothing else to say.

    x marie,

  62. Capucine

    April 16, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Tis is brilliant! Amazing photos, I especially love the first one with the bicycle, it reminds me of the place where I go every summer, where we only use bicycles to go from one place from another, and hence to the beach!
    And my second favourite must be the one with the boards, the LV bag and the ping-pong rackets. I love it: sounds very summery and family beachouse to me!

  63. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 3:09 am

    The pictures are beautiful. My little beef is about shooting with props–I may be wrong, but she just doesn't hold that boogie board like it is an extension of herself. Ditto if people are photographed playing musical instruments. Holding it doesn't mean you can use it, there is just that twinge of something that is amiss.

  64. Nadia

    April 16, 2010 at 3:21 am

    This place seems amazing!
    I've never been in the Hamptons, but I saw it a lot in differents soaps, series, films. But, really, never this way! Vibrant and creative.

  65. The Iconic

    April 16, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Fantastic! Well done. x

  66. Kazuko

    April 16, 2010 at 4:01 am

    holidays… i need a vacation :)

  67. MELISSA Z.

    April 16, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Great pics as usaual! My fav is the first one!

  68. Sara Bentley

    April 16, 2010 at 4:16 am

    I loved hearing the behind-the-scenes here — so funny! Great results though :)

  69. Caddy

    April 16, 2010 at 4:18 am

    It's summer in my country right now so I'm really loving this!!! :)

  70. Fashion, Art and other fancies

    April 16, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Scott, these are gorgeous, I love the photography and the promise of summer that comes along with it. Moreover, I adore fishing;-)
    Excellent shots!!!

  71. Caroline

    April 16, 2010 at 5:08 am

    PLEASE Scott, give us the adress, i want to go there with my kids


    April 16, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I love your work…you are crazy…but incredible

  73. Davidikus

    April 16, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Great light all throughout. Very nice work: the series has a good number of fairly original shots. I find the American flag on this small building almost hilarious! It is not a government building, is it?

  74. kristy

    April 16, 2010 at 5:21 am

    i love this spread. and i love hearing about how you guys did it on the DL. i feel as though it adds to the vibe of the whole thing.

    Vogue Gone Rogue

  75. saradowle

    April 16, 2010 at 5:24 am

    It sounds so funny how you had to sneak about, I can picture it now! Makes me view the photos in a different light – so exciting!

    Looks like a fantastic place to holiday and photos are beautiful.

  76. BJHardy

    April 16, 2010 at 5:34 am

    I think i am in love with these photographs more because of the story behind them. I particularly love the shot of your neighbours board and accessories. BRILLIANT…
    exactly what i love about photography… I just wish i could hear the story of every photo shoot that i admired or even just saw.
    thanks again!

  77. Joanna Roman

    April 16, 2010 at 5:38 am

    The session is so great! It is fresh & live & joyful and looks so AWESOMY REAL = no superduper session mess and all the stuff which pretend to be something else they are (you know what I mean, a model pretending to be a traveller in a Amazon jungle or a Nomad on Sahara… hahahaa…)

  78. Alizée G.

    April 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

    j'adore les mocassins des premieres photos, la couleur est si belle pour un printemps !
    Bisous, bisous, Tres belles photos,
    Alizée G.


    April 16, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Great color play, the unexpected orange topsiders, cool! If you ever need another neat location to shoot – visit Manteo, NC. for more info.

  80. greybreaks

    April 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

    love the photo of the bungalow and the flag.

    can't wait for summer.

  81. aeolistic

    April 16, 2010 at 7:26 am

    The colours in these shots are beautiful!

  82. john benjamin pritchett

    April 16, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Great story, location and, of course, photographs! Southwestern style is not in fashion now but we have an abundance of color and flavor in Santa Fe, New Mexico if you need it! Would love to see you here!

  83. ST

    April 16, 2010 at 8:26 am

    anybody have an idea what hotel that is?

  84. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

    your photographs are thrillingly beautiful … the colors, the composition, the "feel", the texture. they're inspiring and breathtaking at the same time. i love this blog!!!!

  85. Hiroaki Nagahata

    April 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    How brilliant!!

  86. The Photodiarist

    April 16, 2010 at 8:58 am

    These are quite beautiful shots.

  87. race you to the bedroom

    April 16, 2010 at 9:12 am

    nice work! the first one is just too dreamy.

  88. neha

    April 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

    my fave is that black and white one!

  89. D&V

    April 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

    these pictures are amazing! such beautiful colors and detail. my favorite is the first on the bike. so classy & cool.

    check out my blog>

  90. M

    April 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

    gorge! the styling is great as well

  91. Melissa Blake

    April 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Beautiful! Makes me yearn for summer!

  92. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 10:14 am

    To me these photos perfectly embody the essence of summer in New England… Im guessing they were shot at the Ocean Dunes in Amagansett or Surf Lodge in Montauk…

  93. proletarian Great Gatsby

    April 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

    It respires calm and peace like really vacation.You get it.

  94. Cate

    April 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Great pictures!
    x. Cate

  95. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Low editorial budget: first world problem.

  96. Bell

    April 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I like everything a lot. ¡genial!

  97. kaye

    April 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

  98. info

    April 16, 2010 at 11:39 am

    How do you conceal a crew of 8-9 people on an unsecured location?? Well done!

  99. TorontoVerve.:

    April 16, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I love these…

  100. grizzlesnort

    April 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I love your work in all its facets. As it evolves–and this blog evolves–I hope you will continue to feature here the nameless, non-professional fashionistas that drew us to here to begin with.

  101. Poivre Monkey

    April 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

  102. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

    good stuff. guerilla photography is the only way to go.

    i've been kicked off a few premises doing this. so exhilirating. :)

  103. Holly

    April 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I enjoyed this spread very much…what a great place to vacation!

  104. Emily Rose

    April 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I love your description of the process of shooting these! It's so refreshing to hear that at least some people are not hell bent on getting everyone's permission for every move they make. The photos turned out wonderfully because of it.

  105. Ben Boskovich

    April 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Her orange boat shoes are awesome!!

  106. men's t-shirts

    April 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Great set a shots

  107. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Haha this sound slike a very fun and exciting shoot and a very eventful and non-boring vacation!

  108. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I wonder what a tech person does on a shoot like this?

  109. i.c. blogspot

    April 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Fantastic spread!

  110. the eternal worrier

    April 16, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I love this set of photos. They are so beautiful.

  111. Victoria et Ji

    April 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    It is very often with little budget that the effect is GREAT.
    I LOVE this shoot, very simple and natural, something we don't see nowadays..

  112. Marlené Lilianna

    April 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    love this editorial

  113. Jane

    April 16, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Scott, you are an amazing photographer, you really are. Thanks so much for sharing your work.

  114. یاسمین

    April 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    But why photograph a bulles bag that isn't even available anymore?

  115. Anonymous

    April 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Your shots are so lovely! This magazine stuck paydirt when they hired you. I find it hard to believe they are willing to spend so little to promote the idea that WE should spend big bucks on the clothes they present!

  116. Emma

    April 16, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    These are beautiful photos first of all, and a beautiful area. I love the dress in the last photo, and the bike and scene and justoverall I love the first picture too.


    April 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    beautiful! and i love the sneaky factor

  118. Tailoverteakettle

    April 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    This is amazing. I love that even in a shoot for a magazine as swanky as Italian Vogue, you and your crew were running around like a bunch of kids trespassing on their neighbor's property, looking for a baseball they'd knocked over the fence by accident.

    Anyway, lovely photos. I think knowing the background story behind the shoot makes them even more special.

  119. thebeautyphilosopher

    April 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

    So lovely. I want to be there. The light and not-quite sherbet, not quite bright colours are mesmerising.

  120. Gee Lutor

    April 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Perfect, the look was very good

    look to : visuday.blgospot


  121. MIA

    April 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    fabulous work!

  122. rubycube

    April 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Great job on your stealthy fashion shoot. Love it!

  123. Vicky ♥

    April 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Good job, and Great Pictures!

  124. Schaumkoenigin

    April 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    wonderful pictures. Where can I get these orange topsiders. They are amazing!!!

  125. battlingthedinosaurs

    April 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    such beautiful shoots!!!

  126. Adelaide

    April 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I wish my style was just like this. unfortunately, i don't have the time to put into having a distinct style. maybe after university. bah

  127. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    my earlier comment was that there is a clear distinction between your personal work and your editorial work – but I wasn't referring to the quality or relevence. You have a great eye. So may others focus mainly on trends. Your images have enduring relevence and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your editorial and other projects. I loved the little film you posted by Garance at the end of the fashion shows. I know that joy of working with a creative partner. I hope to show you what I'm working on too one day!

  128. Pink Lemonade

    April 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Absolutely stunning!!!

  129. Helen

    April 19, 2010 at 2:15 am

    the colour saturation if fabulous. thanks for sharing these, they are lovely.

  130. xavieralexander

    April 19, 2010 at 4:29 am

    wow your photography is amazing! great use of natural light and wind!

  131. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wow, pretty girl. I also like that it feels kinda' at home instead of some overly modern interior decor.

  132. istanbulfashionaddict

    April 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

    totally lovely whoever did the styling has done a great work.I LOVED IT

  133. istanbulfashionaddict

    April 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

    totally lovely whoever did the styling has done a great work.I LOVED IT

  134. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    can't get into adolescent models, but the natural elements are thoughtfully composed.

  135. La Feem

    April 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    That's a great story and your photos are, of course, incredible.

  136. Enigma

    April 20, 2010 at 9:09 am

    The shot with the LV bag is my favourite. VERY subtle, makes it seem very natural. One of your best!

  137. Trae Bien

    April 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I'm one of many fans of your blog – inspiring work as usual!

  138. Kirigalpoththa

    April 21, 2010 at 9:00 am


  139. Ronah

    November 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

    wow Scott thanks for sharing the background of this shoot, it sounded exciting that you have to sneak around and take photos! I'm sure your team had fun as well. More great adventures and great photo shoots for you Sartorialist!

  140. Hester Vlamings

    July 21, 2011 at 3:47 am

    You shot this? I loved it, yesterday I had another look at in in the Vogue Pelle. Love & respect from Amsterdam

  141. kims

    July 17, 2012 at 1:59 am

    so good!!!
    i got to take your picture as my hompage.

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