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DeLeon Photoshoot: Behind The Scenes

Michelle Christina Larsen, a New York-based fashion super stylist and journalist, takes us behind the scenes of the DeLeon photo shoot for their new album Casata (JDUB Records), which re-imagines ancient Sephardic melodies as indie rock. Read More

By / June 30, 2011
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Michelle Christina Larsen, New York-based fashion super stylist and journalist, takes Jewcy behind the scenes of the DeLeon photoshoot for their new album Casata (JDUB Records), which re-imagines ancient Sephardic melodies as indie rock.

The wardrobe corner was the commandeered coat check area of the bar we shot in, which ended up being perfect. We added the band's clothing to the inventory my assistant and I lugged with us.

Prepping the rustic interior to look like a caravan.

Lots of impromptu music occurred while we set up the shots. Dan's first look was probably my favorite thing in the whole shoot aside from the kimono.

Photographer Chris La Putt setting up the lighting and camera.

A close-up of our fabric decor.

My assistant Sarah fixing Amy's hair for the first look. We teased it for a while but ended up just putting it up in a bun. We didn't want anything distracting from her epic legs and gorgeous face.Amy, more or less a goddess. Wish more bands had super-tall gorgeous girls to dress up!

The clothing rack: everything from Rajasthan Indian embroidered vests to '70s polyester button-ups.

Raffael fixing Justin's tie for the first look.

The technicolor palette of our awesome makeup artist, Taja Sparks.

Drummer Justin Riddle

Details of Amy's first look. This is actually my vintage jacket (and one of my favorite pieces of all time).

Andrew Oom looking regal. Tailored military meets the bohemian.

Kevin strums the banjo, waiting for his turn in the spotlight. He would later trade that jacket for one of his own.

Me and Taja Sparks.

Mr. Moose

The band and Chris talk positioning.

The full set

Posing, posture, lighting

For the band shot we went for a look that was tailored and a bit serious. Dan's Moroccan mango-embroidered top and Amy's pop colors provided a contrast against the severe story of the rest of the band, but accessory details and the framing really brought everyone's features out. They look like a brilliant, timeless, and aesthetically-pleasing group of traveling minstrels.

DeLeon frontman Dan Saks

For more information on Michelle, check out her website or her kick ass blog, Hey Mishka.

Casata is available on Amazon, iTunes, and in the Jewcy Store for the special price of $8.99!