Behind the Scenes: September Style Setters Shoot

A sneak peek at Washingtonian’s annual fashion showcase.

Our annual Style Setters photo shoot is always an impressive showcase of locals with impeccable personal style—from politicos to artists and beyond. For this year’s shoot, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens served as the perfect backdrop for the floral theme; Hillwood’s beautifully manicured gardens also cast some needed shade on our models, who were dressed head-to-toe in fall gear. With ten subjects in the feature, the styles ranged from hipster chic to classic Washington with a modern edge, and more. 

While the issue is still several weeks away from being on newsstands, we’ve gathered some behind-the-scenes shots of how it all came together, from our side of the camera. 

Photographer Dean Alexander and our staff members directing the first shot of the day.
The japanese gardens proved to be a gorgeous, yet precarious, set.
This couple’s love translated in the images.
One of our subjects waits as our crew sets up the next look.
Teamwork: Photographer Dean Alexander consults with Fashion Editor Kate Bennett (left) while makeup artist Carl Ray works his magic (right).
Floral arrangements provided by Shelly Bagdasian of B Floral and Event Design. Not pictured: the gorgeous flower crowns she created for our bohemian-style model on day two.
Fashion Editor Kate Bennett means business.

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