STEF PHOTOI can’t begin to describe how excited I was to work this shoot when Philip first told me about it. We have been working towards expanding our portfolios with some more dramatic beauty looks and when we sat down and met with founder and designer, Stephanie Montes, of s.t.e.f. (sustainable-threads-ethical-fashion) and saw her beautiful sketches, we knew that we had an opportunity to push the envelope. With an emphasis on quality, eco-friendly clothing, organic and natural fabrics/textiles on top of the designs of everything she produces, you’ll want to buy every piece!

We had scheduled to shoot in the Contemporary Museum in Houston, but unfortunately the massive floods that hit, threw a bit of a dent in those plans. Amazingly though, Philip and his assistant Ricky BUILT the backdrops in the photos right in Philip’s living room! Philip is still editing some of the photos, but here is a sneak peek! So happy about how these turned out!


Photographer: Philip Edsel @edsel

Designer: Stephanie Montes of s.t.e.f. clothing

Assistant: Enrique Lopez

Model: Katie Plunkett @katieplunkett14

HMUA: me