the black dress diaries – zahavah

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold…
― John Muir

The “Black Dress Diaries” are a seven-part mini-series born from a magical location shoot I did for a personal project here in Charleston, South Carolina. The shoot began as a simple portrait session with minimal styling and light I’d never used before, but as we shot, it became something more. I broke our 90 minutes together into several different stories to break down the “traveling” nature of the shoot, and I’m sharing these little “diaries” as a “travelogue” for the black dress.

Today’s diary, Zahavah, carries a Hebrew name for “golden one,” given because of the light, the scarf we added for the ten or so minutes we shot herethe gentle middle-eastern feeling to some of these photos. I had worn the scarf (a Goodwill find!) as a fun fashion touch for the shoot that morning, and on a whim, I threw it into the shoot. I had no idea it was going to do what it did to the pictures until it happened.

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie
black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie
black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie
black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

black dress diaries | exquisitrie by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

CREDITS

Photographer – Kelly Sauer
Dress – Urban Outfitters
Scarf – Thrifted
Model – Haley D.
Location – Charleston, S.C.