Great Gatsby!

5.04.2011

A while ago I told you about our photographer friend Blake Pack. 
He was working on a semester project that involved colored film, classic literary couples with a touch of modernity, and us.
I might have squealed outloud in the library when I received the honored invite to portray 
Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan.
He shot us from underneath a sheet with a camera that looked a lot like this, I'm pretty sure he said it was about 100 years old!

The only clothing instructions we received were 'modern vintage' and 'green.'
Here's what we came up with:
I die for this picture of Marcus.
He looks as charming as Gatsby ever did!
Before we started shooting, Blake gave us a rundown of our characters and asked us to do our best to portray them. It was so fun!
I haven't read The Great Gatsby since high school, so I don't remember this detail, but Blake said that the novel's color theme was green, so he really wanted me in a green dress. 

I, however, was living in little old Rexburg at the time, and didn't have a lot of time or options. 
So, I decided to do something really scary...
Sew my own dress.
Through some miracle, it actually fit!
Needless to say, I'm pretty proud of myself.

Thanks Blake!

38 comments

Jamie Urlacher said...

I loveeeed The Great Gatsby when I read it in high school. I should read it again. =] You two look awesome!

Evi Figgat said...

Love Love Love!! Possibly some of my favorite pictures of you and your hubby!

RestonStyle said...

that is a fantastic photo shoot! It looks just wonderful! I also haven't read Gatsby since high school, but I think I may have to sit down with it soon! I remember it being good! :) You look awesome and that dress is fantastic! Was it just for the photo shoot or is it something you'll wear again?

Alisha Hunsaker said...

Holy crap! These pictures are wonderful! You two look amazing! And that dress is to die for! LOVE everything!

Erica Ricks said...

These pictures are gorgeous! You did a great job on the dress, and y'all are such a beautiful couple!

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Rachel Dell said...

do you wanna hear the ABSOLUTE truth about what i thought when i first saw that dress in your pic: she TOTALLY got that dress from shabby apple. maybe just one i've never seen there, recently. i hope that's a compliment to you because i love shabby apple. i love the gatsby style. it's so fun. i don't remember liking the book (there, i said it), but i LOVE the style.

Kassie Rew said...

AWESOME!

ilene said...

these are gorgeous!! i LOVE the concept behind them!!!

Mugdha said...

I love the concept, but also your dress looks fabulous! These are great shots!

Sarahhaslip said...

Um, you made that dress? Get out. It's beautiful.

Autumn said...

That dress is beautiful and I love the portrait he took of you. So much expression in your eyes!

maryjaneclee said...

Wow. I love all of these photos. So fun that you'll have these forever and you can one day show them to your kids. They really are special.

Jamie said...

If the Great Gatsby had a new cover you guys would be on it. I hated that book but these pictures almost make me want to re-read it.

sugarplumsara said...

wow this is fantastic! Great job on the dress! So you're officially out of Rexburg now?? lucky. WHere are you living now? I'll be so jealous if you say Arizona :)

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Kelly Bunn said...

SO freakin cute!

Naomi Maddox said...

charming! i am so impressed with the quality of that old camera, haha :)

Sara Smart said...

these are great...you make a perfect daisy buchanan!

sportymegan05 said...

these pictures are amazing!!! you two are adorable and that dress is gorgeous.

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ashleyTIA said...

Gah! How cute are you too?! The photos turned out spectacular.

Ashley Nielson said...

i know! i couldn't believe it!

Ashley Nielson said...

hahah marcus hated it too! i really want to re read it...

Ashley Nielson said...

thank you!

Kenzie said...

What a cool concept, I love the way these turned out and you look great!

bclewis2 said...

the great gatsby is one of my favorite books ever, and you guys look so amazing! i love it.

Gentrilee said...

You MADE that?! AMAZING!!! I so do not posses the talent of sewing. Maybe one day... haha! These pictures are amazing! Love!!

Monica said...

I am dumbfounded. Who makes such beautiful garments? Seriously. I love it.

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Shelby Lou said...

That dress is amazing! Want to make me one? You did a great job, it looks fantastic on you!

Chelsea Trunnell said...

Oh, I just didn't have a lot of time . . . so I decided to sew an intricate little number for a fancy photo shoot.

Wha?

That would would have taken me years.

Alexis Kaye said...

WOW. You are talented! That dress looks awesome! You two seriously seem perfect together :) I love it! you're both incredibly good looking!

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Emerson said...

Wow that's really impressive!! Green is for envy I think -- it's been awhile since I have read the book!

cardiganempire said...

Green, for the light at the end of the dock, Daisy, the illusive American Dream. What a fun concept.

jenni austria germany said...

you sewed that? that's amazing.

we're teaching the great gatsby in english right now. to the german students. who are the same age i was when i read it. and they're reading it in english. and killing it. they're way too smart.

speaking of killing it....you guys looks superb. so wait, he was shooting with a 100 year old camera and those pics came out? i'm staring in disbelief.

and no, you don't have word verif. thank goodness!

Kristine said...

You're the most photogenic. Ever.

Irene Navajas said...

you both look awesome and that dress is so beautiful! you did a good work girl!

Cassandra Nafziger said...

Gorgeous photos! I love that green necklace and green dress. Fun photo-op!

Heather Perkins Luczak said...

wow beautiful!I LOVE these picture (caps means i'm yelling it at you)! -Heather- From lifeofapasseri.blogspot.com

angela hardison said...

i love these so much. you are seriously gorgeous.

Lauren Brimley said...

I wanted to comment on these a few days ago, but I wasn't able to login. "The Great Gatsby" is one of my very favorite books of all time, and I am very particular about how portrays my characters...yes, they are mine, ha! And you my friend, you two ARE Daisy and Jay. BEAUTIES!!

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