Thursday, September 15, 2011

On the Street….Marina, New York

This is Marina.  I used to work with her at  As you know, she consistently looks incredible.


But to me, these are two separate pictures; above is a great shot of Marina, but below is a shot about the beauty of clothes in motion.


It’s the same reason I shoot so many people on their bicycles; shooting a person walking and smiling at the camera for you is one kind of movement, but a completely unselfconscious shot in which you see the flounced hem kicking up and the silk shirt billowing as she saunters shows you a beauty in the silhouette that your average standing portrait can never achieve.


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  1. Heart With Companion

    September 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm


  2. Michael Tornato

    September 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Her wedges are to DIE for! I am in love with that POP of blue color that they add to her ensemble. It definitely compliments the floral patterned blouse and white skirt. She looks very beautiful and chic!
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  3. Scott

    September 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Great shot Scott. Great to have some more dynamic shots. It is always more difficult to capture the moment right when in motion.

    The Reluctant Banker

  4. Laraine

    September 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I wish I looked this pretty when my clothes are inflated.

  5. Cassandra

    September 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    How lovely! The shoes are my favorite, I’ve been looking everywhere for a simple summer wedge. Tant pis. Here comes fall.

  6. m.edwin

    September 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    this is fun, comparing both shots

  7. t c

    September 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    disagree w/ the wedges – throws the whole perception of mass and the center of mass off kilter. makes it all look unbalanced. not a specific problem to her, but a general flaw to all wedges. the initial first glance always gives off a sense of large chunks of wood (which they, in essence, are), or worse, hooves.

  8. Laura

    September 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Wow! Love this outfit!
    Great shoes :)


  9. The Styley

    September 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Beautiful shot, wonderful light. I like your thoughts on portraits vs. candid street photography. I’ve also been experimenting with both, and the way that movement changes the narrative the photographer can create. So interesting.

  10. Leticia

    September 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  11. Name*rafael azzi

    September 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm


  12. The Styley

    September 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful shots. Wonderful light. I like your comments about candid shots vs. portraits. I’ve also been experimenting with both recently, and the different kinds of narratives you can create with each. So interesting.

  13. La Perle

    September 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    So true! I just started a blog and have been playing around with different styles of shooting – and making my boyfriend do the work too. Having Paris as your backdrop doesn’t hurt as well ;)

  14. Camille

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Absolutely loving these little narrations!

  15. kati

    September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I love the shirt, skirt but not the shoes, that is why I was never fond of wedges, they are unsophisticated from the sideway look

  16. dragon fruit

    September 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I totally agree, each shot is so different and yet both are SO amazing and inspiring. beautiful clothes and beautiful lady!

  17. ladyofletters

    September 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    First photo looks like her legs are about to buckle under her. Must say, not really enjoying these fashion week women who look like their legs are bound in tight skirts and they can’t walk properly due to heel height… to me, the beauty of movement can only be expressed through freedom. Bad posture is not beautiful. That said, se still manages to smile, and has a lovely face.

  18. Heather in Arles

    September 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Yes, I know that you are a Lartigue fan, as am I–we often forget the force of movement whether it be lui or Avedon or you…

  19. Thesecretcloset

    September 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I love that it’s still so nice in ny! With a little bit of wind to spice things up!


    September 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I LOVE that outfit, flawless!

  21. Brigadeiro

    September 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Love that second shot ‘clothes in motion’, especially the billowing in her blouse. Those wedges are brilliant!


  22. steve

    September 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    i can not help but wonder what shots 3 and 4 might look like.
    a stationary pose perhaps.

  23. fasoolka

    September 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    beautiful shoes!!!

  24. Remy

    September 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    A good interior or painting or building or whatever is – besides everything else- always in balance. There is no balance here. The beautiful shoes are too heavy with the beautiful blouse. Such a pity.
    Greetings from Amsterdam.

  25. Barcelona m'enamora

    September 15, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Ohhh, this skirt is beautiful! I love it! ;P

  26. cibele ribeiro

    September 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm



  27. Lauren

    September 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. It’s one reason I love shooting (and seeing) candids.

    The Styleseer

  28. beulabelle

    September 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    i dunno. i agree, she’s lovely. the pieces are all great separately but i don’t think that they go together at all. but you know, if you work it right (with bright attitude) you can sell a poorly made trashbag dress.

  29. Nomadic D

    September 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Agreed. The first shot is fine, but that breeze caught in the blouse and the movement of the fabric make the second one really special.

  30. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    September 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I love the movement and the energy and she is totally radiant! Great shot in the wind.


  31. Emily

    September 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    The blue wedges are a nice touch. She is also a classic beauty!

  32. Jimmy Barr

    September 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    She is amazing.

  33. NYCboy

    September 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm

  34. tete

    September 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    wow!!!! LINDA DE VIVER!!!!
    great pic!!! i loved it!!!!

  35. JL

    September 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Most of the time, we credit the subject but an eye for noticing the beauty in the simplest movement raises the bar!

    .. I love that back shot .. even if it were be be sketched in minimal lines in charcoal :)

  36. Bohemian Style

    September 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    So pretty.

  37. Jamie

    September 15, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    O’lee cow! She’s gorgeous! Hey Marina, if you ever want to go out with an English teacher maybe we could make it happen… I teach you about Helen of Troy; you teach me your phone number?! Whaddya saaaay?

  38. vicheka im

    September 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    i love her wedges! because of the beige in the front it ALMOST gives an illusion of open toes

  39. Kristy

    September 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    fantastic silhouette

  40. Christa51

    September 15, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Love your comments Scott, they add a lot to the beauty of your photos rather than detract from them. Reading your thoughts helps the rest of us learn how to look well at the world and dress well in it.

  41. Clara Turbay

    September 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    She looks perfect. i like so the these shoes and this white skirt.
    perfect for her.

  42. The Photodiarist

    September 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    As a fellow photographer, I could not agree with you more!

  43. yvonne

    September 16, 2011 at 12:04 am

    oh dear she looks amazing!!!

  44. Maryna

    September 16, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Unbalanced silhouette(especially her blue wedges shoes ) is make her look incredible.

  45. Jaime

    September 16, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Wow. She’s adorable.

  46. The Rosiest Cheeks

    September 16, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Wow! I love her outfit. She looks gorgeous!!

  47. Samara

    September 16, 2011 at 1:15 am


  48. Akv

    September 16, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Good posture is the key element in every appearance, I think. If you can’t stand up straight, you should re-concider your outfit :)

  49. Maia

    September 16, 2011 at 1:47 am

    I love this… in no small part because her look reflects that same “denial of summer being over” that I am currently experiencing, in both feeling and in dress!

  50. Tuba

    September 16, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I luv the wedges !!! Plus she looks so elegant …

  51. beesandbugs

    September 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

    Wow! Amazing shots!
    And she is so beautiful :)

  52. Flower Diamond

    September 16, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Apsolutley GORGEOUS girl. Gorgeousssssss outfit. PERFECT!

  53. Mode Uncover

    September 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Amazing outfit! Love her shoes!

  54. girl on a bike

    September 16, 2011 at 5:34 am

    She looks fantastic until you get to those ugly clodhopper shoes. Not only ugly but not functional. I am in awe at her capacity to actually walk in them.


    September 16, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Hi, I like her shoes. Frances

  56. Hannah

    September 16, 2011 at 6:13 am

    Can we have more narrations? I really like them!

  57. Nonso

    September 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

  58. art deco engagement rings

    September 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I love the shoes.. fantastic!

  59. debbie

    September 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

    The skirt is killer.

  60. sumi

    September 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I’m like it and very good idea

  61. Meredith Howard

    September 16, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I totally agree. I much prefer candid shots. I like to capture life and movement. It is so much more interesting than a posed shot.

    - Meredith

  62. Catherine

    September 16, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I so appreciate your comments, which really shine a light on details that I probably would overlook. I like to dissect a bella figure, to figure out what exactly is so attractive, especially when the person is neither young nor svelte, yet great-looking overall. Pictures of people with beautiful bodies are too easy; they make even burlap bags look fabulous, so there’s little to learn.
    However, I don’t always get past looks that I’m not fond of to see the one detail or two that could work for me. You really point those out well.
    I also really enjoy the Glamourai for her sharp take on DIY. So much more interesting than somebody who just goes out and buys couture for the label.

  63. Pip

    September 16, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Beautiful shots as always!

    And you are so right about the shapes of clothes…. I always dress for the silhouette. These dainty curves are perfect on the petite Marina. Pip xx

  64. rubo

    September 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I’m like it and very good idea next time I follow you thank you

  65. Marcela

    September 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I agree, when one takes pictures of people in motion the outcome is very different from the ones where people are posing, standing. I admire the beauty of both kinds of pictures, but I prefer the former, these often are more spontaneous, easy going and can turn out in all kinds of surprising ways and I like that.

  66. Annabelle

    September 16, 2011 at 10:22 am

    That *is* a beautiful shot. It’s pictures like that that make me want to take up photography. (Maybe after a decade or so I’d start getting respectable photos!)

  67. JoAnna

    September 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Beyond stunning. Love every.single. thing.

  68. Itsthenewblack

    September 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Stunning outfit. Love the shoes x

  69. Runway Girly

    September 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

  70. [email protected]

    September 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I love how her silk (?) top billows out. There’s a real feeling of movement there…and it’s a look that’s only for the very confident. I’m not sure all women would go for this look. But it’s fresh especially when it’s paired with a white ruffled skirt, which is totally breaking the rules because it’s past Labor Day and she’s wearing something that’s looks like it’s white cotton or twill, a summerweight fiber. Go girl go!

  71. Jeanne Canto (@jeannnnnnnnes)

    September 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm


  72. Hmmm

    September 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    She is unbelievable

  73. julie

    September 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    amazing second shot….love it!

  74. Judy

    September 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    …not to mention the perfectly toned arms & legs, and a beautiful tan!

  75. thefashionguitar

    September 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    1. I love photos where people are walking
    2. She is very pretty
    3. Her shoes… wow!

    XO Charlotte

  76. Dani

    September 16, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    I preffer the second one much more… And not because I don’t think the first one is beautiful, but in the second you managed to capture that rare elegant “slouch”, that only true ladies posses…

  77. Violet Cadburry

    September 16, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Gorgeous! But those wedgies make my bunion ache…oh to be young(er).

  78. jas

    September 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

  79. Ana Garza

    September 17, 2011 at 12:33 am

    I totally am in love with the skirt and I really love your way of viewing clothes.

  80. B.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Agree !!

    and she looks super elegant !
    new post !

  81. Amarie

    September 17, 2011 at 6:15 am

    I like her zara shoes! Generally nice look !

  82. Mertxe Hernández

    September 17, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Great shot. This blue shoes make the photo really interesting. Beautiful.

  83. Mertxe Hernández

    September 17, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Great shot. Those blue shoes make the photo really interesting.

  84. vintage engagement rings

    September 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Such a classic outfit!

  85. serene

    September 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Love the shoes, what are they? MUST HAVE! HELP!

  86. Lebo

    September 17, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Stunning pic..

  87. Pusat Tas Branded Impor

    September 17, 2011 at 11:34 am


  88. red-tintedglasses

    September 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Love the outfit!! She looks amazing!!!


  89. Karlie

    September 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

    i want those shoes!!

  90. the sims social cheat

    September 18, 2011 at 5:25 am

    i love the outfit, she looks so young too.

  91. Mario

    September 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    i Love her Mymu wedges great color combination !!!!


    September 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    What a beautiful silhouette!

  93. Lynn Dell

    September 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    The electric blue wedges are a dream.

  94. Adel

    September 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    The Charm of Elegant People is in Movement

  95. kat

    September 18, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Adore this look! And so happy that she is wearing MYMU wedges. We are stocking them this season on my web boutique – they are so chic and super comfortable.


    September 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Wonderful this skirt with ruffle bottom, cut a long and complicated because it is only suitable for thin women, the use of esparto shoes belt and leg shortened this long skirt a stiletto would have been better

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  97. Angad

    September 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Love the bold blue the shoes kick in but the shoes themselves are… not really working for me.

  98. Fernanda

    October 1, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Absolutely perfect describe about street style photographs. That´s why I love your blog so much! Thanks for being so inspiring :)

  99. SWANK

    September 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    The pop of blue is FABULOUS on those wedges. Love that fact that wedges seem to transcend timeless fashion.

  100. Bri Lee

    July 28, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    This is one of the first of your posts I ever saw when I originally started following the Sartorialist. It has stuck in my mind since then, and I finally did my own clothes-in-motion work. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration. :)

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