DIY Denim: The Bomber Jacket

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I love garage sales. It’s been a long time since I came across one, but yesterday’s was a beauty! I was actually looking for a stool to complete my new little art station (I’ll post about it as soon as it’s ready!), but found something else instead. Hanging among a bunch of men’s shirts was this giant, beautiful denim jacket!

It didn’t quite look like this when I bought it for the sweet, sweet price of $5. I tweaked the jacket to give it the rugged look and feel we love our denim items to possess. Here’s how!

*Disclaimer: I’ve never done this before and there are probably easier/better ways of doing it, but this definitely worked for me!

  1. The first thing I did was cut the length of the jacket so that it would sit just above some high cut pants. I pulled at the cut-off edge until the  threads started dangling down.
  2. This is the fun part. grab a cheese grater and use the roughest side to go crazy at the seams and pockets of the jacket. I scraped the grater along the seemed areas until the white threads poked through and the areas started looking nice and patchy. Don’t forget to scuff up the back of the jacket too!
  3. Once I was happy with the scuffing and rips, I got a big paint brush and dabbed it in some white acrylic paint. Then I lightly scraped it over the scuffed parts to accentuate them. I also went over all the seams. Be careful not to go overboard with the paint unless you want to give it that paint-splattered effect. White spray paint could also work for this step!
  4. The last thing I did was roll up the sleeves to fit my arm length.

And there you have it friends! Just a couple of easy steps to turn any old, straight denim jacket into your favourite, unique denim piece. Let me know how you go with these steps and if you come up with any cool ideas of your own! I’d love to hear about your experience.

All of the photos were taken by my talented partner, Blake Jackson. Check out more of his work at Blake Jackson Freelance.

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The Wonderers

This shoot was a tricky one to organise. It was initially going to be a collaboration between myself and Alison Gordon (director of Modesto Blog), but we struggled to connect our different concepts and settle on one idea. We decided to shoot separate stories in the same location to learn about each other’s working styles.

It was a good experience for me to step away from solo work and collaborate with multiple models, another photographer and a makeup artist. I definitely found it more challenging than my usual shoots but it was an important learning curve and we produced some winning shots! Check them out 🙂

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Summer in White

It can be hard finding the energy to put effort into a summer outfit when the temperature is 30+ degrees. Summer in Queensland is especially humid and no one likes the feeling of material sticking to sweaty a sweaty body. But it is possible to couple the perfect summery garments to create that bright look while keeping you fresh during any warm outing!

I shot the lovely Riana Horner last week as she modeled a gorgeous little white set. The outfit yells “summer, I’m embracing you!” and would be perfect for a day in the city or by a lake. The material is light and airy which kept Riana surprisingly cool during our summer shoot. Take a look! Check out more of my work on Instagram @larissadrazic

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My rainy morning stroll…

Today I woke up earlier than usual and used the extra time to take a walk around the neighborhood with my camera in hand. Although the morning seemed rather grey and rainy, I felt energized and excited to do some personal shooting. I love being given assignments and shooting for companies, but it was really nice to be able to shoot for myself for a change. It’s amazing what you can find when you take the time…

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Playing with Overlays

I’ve been seeing this awesome technique around quite a lot lately. I learned how to edit overlays during high school a couple of years ago and thought I’d give it another crack. It’s kind of exciting because you never know exactly what the end product will look like. The two images I’ve created below are just the beginning of creative magic that overlaying can bring to photography.

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Dancing on Rooftops

There’s something invigorating about standing on top of a building with a busy city beneath you. People on the streets continue rushing by while you enjoy the open space and an impressive view. Whether it’s a party, a much needed catch-up, or a new dinner spot, rooftops supply us with the locations for some of our best memories.

This one is a particularly awesome rooftop which is actually the top of a parking lot in the valley. I love the colour and texture of the walls and the fact that it’s almost always empty. There is plenty of space for me to shoot! There are also two different sides of the rooftop which allow me to change things up in the visual representation of my subject. You’ll see the difference in the photographs below!

Comment any great rooftop spots you’ve been to or would like to see, I’m after some new ones to travel to in the future! Also comment any past experiences you’ve had, I’d love to hear some of your stories, don’t be a stranger 🙂

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Model: Isabella Thompson

Check out more of my work at http://www.larissadrazicimagery.com