kassia meador

how awesome are these photos by kassia meador? they are part of a show opening today in los angeles called “put your finger on the button,” comprised of all female photographers.   if you’re not familiar with kassia, in addition to being skilled with a camera, she’s also a professional surfer…and she was cool enough to answer some questions for the blog!

read on to learn more about how she got started with photography, and check out some of the brand new photos she sent me below.

how long have you been interested in photography?
i’ve been traveling the world as a professional surfer since i was 17. my family always wanted to see where i was going and what i was up to so i’d shoot photos along the way. when i was 20 i got a super bad injury that kept me out of the water for almost a full year. during that time i took some online photo classes to just learn a bit more. since then i have been shooting more and more. it wasnt ’till last year when a good friend and mentor thomas campbell saw a few of my photos and was like “yo you should show people some of your work.” he helped me edit some images and i was invited to show some work in japan for their greenroom festival. since then i have had a few shows in california and nyc. i just recently shot my first fashion story for foam magazine and am planning a shoot for their next issue. super jazzed to be shooting as much as possible and excited to see where it all goes…”

is photography more of a hobby for you or do you see it becoming a profession as well?
“it is something i love to do just like surfing. but surfing not only was my first love it also became my profession. photography is a bit like that for me as well…i really love it and am so passionate about making images that make people feel something. i’m working on shooting lil fashion stories now and i’m really into it so we’ll see where it leads.”

what inspires you on a daily basis?
“my friends, family, environment and traveling.”

who are your heroes?
“i got a lot of heroes. but some people who are super inspirational to me on a photography level are thomas campbell, david mushegain, michael halsband, and ellen von unwerth”

(we love david mushegain too! he shot our december catalog – check out our post on him here.)

and now, check out these incredible photos kassia shot on new year’s morning.  the project is titled “MARS…A NEW DAY A NEW DAWN,” which she describes it as “just a fresh perspective on a new year and all that lies ahead”

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for more info on the show, click here, and to check out more of her awesome work click here.

thank you so much kassia, we think you’re rad!!

thursday poll – edition 76

welcome to the first thursday poll of the new year! i thought today would be a good time to introduce some of our different swim styles for this year and see which one you like best! it might seem a little early to talk about swim but if you’re planning a vacation somewhere warm, or just dreaming about the warm weather ahead, we’ve got some great styles for you to check out…

by the way, your favorite headband from last week was the flower cluster sequin applique headband, which beat the feather and gem headband by only 9 votes!

ok so let’s get to it…which swim style is your favorite?

the colorblock one piece:

the printed high waisted bikini:

the ruffle and lace bandeau bikini:
ruffle and lace bandeau bikini

or the blossom printed ruffle one piece:
blossom printed ruffle one piece

giveaway!

don’t you love this adorable little coin purse? well we want to give it away! all you have to do is tell us what your favorite blog post was from the past year! leave your favorite post in the comments section by the end of the day tomorrow, and we’ll pick one at random…just make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win!

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so did everyone have a good holiday? i had a blast up in boston, and i thought i’d share some pics from my trip…

the drive up on thursday was long but fun…i love road trips!

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fireworks over boston harbor on new year’s eve.

if any of you want to share some pics from your holiday weekend, send them to blog@freepeople.com or upload them to our facebook page, we’d love to see them!

thursday poll – edition 75

hey everyone! you ready for the last thursday poll of the year?? last week i asked about your favorite winter whites, and the results were very close but the rows of ruffles dress just beat out the we the free little white tee with 34% of the vote.

i’ve been talking a lot about hair accessories this week, and how great they are to dress up a new year’s eve outfit. well we have some really great ones right now so i thought i’d ask which one you all like best…

the feather and gem headband:

the flower cluster sequin applique headband:

the gypsy sparkle bow headband:
gypsy sparkle bow headband

the rhinestone headband:
rhinestone headband

or the sequin wave headband:
sequin wave headband

wednes-diy

i can’t believe tomorrow is new year’s eve!  this year went by outrageously fast…i haven’t even had a second to really think about new year’s, let alone what i’m wearing, but luckily i’ve found some really great DIY ideas that i’m dying to try…

accessories are a great way to dress up a simple outfit on new year’s, so here are a couple of things you can do that will stand out, and probably start some conversations as well!

bleachblack had this brilliant idea involving fool’s gold (remember fool’s gold?) that would be a sweet new years eve accessory…all you need is an old cuff or ring, some pieces of pyrite (fool’s gold) and embellishing glue.  check out the tutorial here.

and i got to thinking, if gold isn’t your thing, this would work with any kind of crystal or gemstones that you can by at a hobby or crafts store…

hair accessories are big right now too…we have quite a few awesome ones on our website right now…but i also love these “wild” hair pieces i saw on design sponge that you can make yourself:

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these are made with items you can find in your garden or a store, or leftover holiday decorations- the top one is a peacock feather, poinsettia leaves and a sprig of evergreen wrapped in floral tape- i love it!  check out their full tutorial here.

finally, if you’re looking for a great holiday makeup look, don’t forget about our how-to video… watch it here!

what are you doing new year’s…

with new year’s eve just a couple days away, i decided to ask what some of our home office team members are doing to celebrate…if you’re still undecided about what’ you’re doing, maybe this will spark some ideas!

i’m taking my son to “new year’s eve with the kids” at north bowl in philly!  it’s a family event where kids can bowl and jam out to some live music, along with other activities.  it starts at 5 and ends at 8pm with a new year’s toast for the adults!

i will be ringing in the new year at the loews hotel downtown in philly!

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i’m going to see the radiators from new orleans at my club in ardmore…its called the palombaro club and was originally an italian club to help immigrants get settled here…it’s almost 100 years old. today it is more of a social club but we do lots of charity work.  last year our big project was raising money for the variety club freedom playground being built this spring.

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i’m going to boston! a bunch of us will be there to celebrate on new year’s eve, and then we’re going to the winter classic hockey game at fenway park on new year’s day!

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i am going to see my favorite band, the disco biscuits, at the nokia theatre in times square! i have been seeing them on new years for 9 years, it’s become a tradition that i share with many friends around the country.  my boyfriend is the lighting designer and he’s amazing,  so it makes it even more special for me- i can’t wait!

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i’m thinking about checking out this warehouse/factory party in brooklyn that looks pretty interesting…www.newlostcity.com.

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in germany, where i grew up, the tradition is to eat a marzipan pig with a four leaf clover for new years, for good luck –  so that is “something” i will be doing!

so, readers, what are your plans for new year’s eve?