Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Farewell to YES

These are sad times for newspapers. I’m thankful I don’t work for one anymore — although I’m happy to pick up the occasional freelance assignment. In late, June Gannett Corporation, who owns The Arizona Republic, my previous employer, announced another round of layoffs — 700 total. Included in the most recent round of cutbacks was YES, the Arizona Republic style section which ran every Friday.

In its many forms as a publication — tab, glossy, broadsheet — YES brought fashion to a community that thrived on shopping and looking good. The section and its writers supported local boutiques, designers and talent. Yes, it was fluff — but after a week of reading about Arizona politics and border fights, an article about neutrals or wedges was refreshing.

The YES crew — a stunning collection of fashionable young women, with the exception of me in my blue jeans and Chaco sandals — had one of the coolest jobs in a newsroom. We worked in the best parts of Arizona — Jerome, Sedona, Flagstaff. We traveled to Mexico for photo shoots on the beach. During our busy season we worked on two fashion shoots a week.

YES is the reason I came to Arizona. YES is the reason I loved my job. And YES is the reason I can work today as a commercial photographer. Thank you for the education.

Here are some of my favorite images from my three years with YES.

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche
Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche
Model: Ford Robert Black. Stylist: Stephanie Armenta. Makeup/Hair: Laura Flagler.

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Casey Hagerty. Makeup/Hair: Jacqueline Passos. Art Director: Celine Hacche

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Laura Flagler.
Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Michele Lee

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche

Model: Ford Robert Black. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche
Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche
Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault. Art Director: Celine Hacche

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Stephanie Armenta. Makeup/Hair: Shauna Thibault.

Model: Agency AZ. Stylist: Ginger Murphy. Makeup/Hair: Laura Flagler. Art Director: Celine Hacche


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