Cassie Scott

Diary

"MELTING POT" EDITORIAL

Inspired by the wonderful array of foods found within the city, "Melting Pot" is a celebration of the mix of cultures and people that come together to make Chicago (Hover over images to find out more about the locations)

MODEL Mana at Ford Models, MUA + HAIR Audrey Bryant, STYLING Chelsea Ross

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 CHINATOWN With a variety of grocery stores, restaurants, dim sum spots and tea houses you can try nearly any Chinese cuisine you can imagine here.

CHINATOWN With a variety of grocery stores, restaurants, dim sum spots and tea houses you can try nearly any Chinese cuisine you can imagine here.

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 CARNICERIA GUANAJUATO This colorful Mexican grocery store has everything you need including an adjoined taqueria doling out delicious burritos and tacos on the daily.

CARNICERIA GUANAJUATO This colorful Mexican grocery store has everything you need including an adjoined taqueria doling out delicious burritos and tacos on the daily.

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 DUK'S RED HOTS Since 1957, this classic Chicago hot dog stand has been serving all your tasty American favorites. It's truly the real deal. 

DUK'S RED HOTS Since 1957, this classic Chicago hot dog stand has been serving all your tasty American favorites. It's truly the real deal. 

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This editorial was truly a delight to put together and shoot. When you know you're going to be shooting a full day you need a team that keeps you motivated and inspired (especially when you're sweating buckets) and they were exactly that. Getting to try a taste of all of the places we went was also really fun, and it shows just how much of a food city Chicago really is--and we only scratched the surface! 

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AMELIA WITH FLOWERS
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It wasn't until this year that I finally felt it was time to share these photos from a session I had with my friend Amelia last summer. I had never done a nude shoot before and she was a great first subject since we'd known each other for ages. We agreed we wanted to see more female nudity from a woman's perspective in art, and so we pulled together some ideas and simply experimented one afternoon. My initial inspiration was actually some vintage nude photographs of the gorgeous Jane Birkin in the 1960's. Her feminine energy in them is really captivating. 

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INTERVIEW AND COLLAB WITH SARAH KATHERINE DAVIS
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A couple weeks ago I did an interview and collaboration with my dear friend and fellow photographer Sarah Katherine Davis for her wedding blog in which I went over my advice for what to wear when having your photo taken. We had an excellent time running around the city shooting at some of our favorite Louisville spots while discussing the fashion and wedding photography industries. Do check it out. 

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"OBJECTS OF DESIRE" FOR IRK MAGAZINE
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This shoot I did for IRK MAGAZINE was mainly inspired by early surrealist and fashion photographers, namely Man Ray and Horst P. Horst. I also drew inspiration from classic tattoos and even 80's illustrations. I really wanted to explore the iconography of romance, vanity, and sexuality by mixing the past and present. Using clever camera and backdrop tricks we managed to do nearly everything in camera and with natural light. It's something I'm proud of and always strive for with my work; I just think everything looks better practically.

MUA + HAIR Heather French, MODEL Chelsea Naparstek

PORTRAITS OF MARSDEN KELLY
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I met Marsden after attending a friends improv show at Second City in Chicago a while back. She's also a part of the comedy improv group Thicc & Emotional, and a stand up and writer in her own right. When she asked me to take her portrait I jumped at the opportunity. I love shooting creative people from all walks of life, especially ones that do things I find very hard, like writing and getting on stage. Before we shot, she expressed a desire for her queerness to show through in the photos, as a femme lesbian sometimes visibility is an issue since you don't have the "usual" lesbian markers associated with more masculine presenting women. How to go about this was a unique challenge I welcomed, and I ultimately settled on borrowing from an age old advertising troupe; disembodied women's hands symbolizing sex appeal, only this time it's women only. Said hands are yours truly.