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UO Shoots — It's My Party
We discovered Natalie Kucken and Katya Mamadjanian through the UO Flickr pool. Though they're each still just pursuing photography has a hobby, we're already blown away by their talent and creativity. Here, we asked both of them to shoot some dresses from our holiday collection, and the results are totally individualistic and completely breathtaking.

Name: Natalie Kucken

Age: 17

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Where are you from?

I am from Michigan, USA.

Where do you live?

I'm living in a sleepy suburb outside of Detroit, Michigan until spring, and then I am off to New York City.

What do you do?

I am currently finishing my final year of high school.

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When did you start taking photos?

I started taking photographs when I was 14 years old, I was interested in it because I was so obsessed with observing and documenting my days so I could remember them. Soon it was something more, and formed into a love for the creation of my thoughts and ideas, rather than a record of them.

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What do you think are some hallmarks of your work?

My work is of dreams, ethereal and innocent and quiet. Soft lines and hazy colors, a fleeting mystery.

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How did you conceptualize this shoot?

I made a story I would want to live in. Of girls who spend their Sundays picking flowers for colored-water filled mason jars and eating pretty baked foods with afternoon tea. They lay around in party dresses under fairy lights and strung up blankets, reading fairytales and dancing with light-filled eyes.

Who are the people in it and where did you shoot?

The people in the shoot are my friends Corinne, Hope, Ellen, and Alexa. I shot it in my own house and also created the set.

What are your favorite things or people to shoot?

I like to shoot with anyone interesting, flowers, moths, sleep, crystals, dawn, and hands.

Who are your favorite photographers?

Crystin Moritz, David Hamilton, Clarence H. White, and Sally Mann

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself traveling and observing, being represented and working as a freelance photographer, never staying in one place for long and collecting stories and photographs.

What is your dream photography job?

My dream photography job is the one I am going after and will make reality: to shoot fashion and editorial campaigns.

Name: Katya Mamadjanian

Age: 19

1

Where are you from?

The suburbs of Philadelphia.

Where do you live?

I live in Bryn Mawr.

What do you do?

I go to Bryn Mawr College as a potential math major, and I also work at Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own pottery store.

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When did you start taking photos?

I started taking pictures for a photography class in ninth grade, since then I have always had a camera by my side. My mom is a huge inspiration because she has three kids and a full time job, and still manages to make time for her art.

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What do you think are some hallmarks of your work?

When choosing my subjects, their outfits and locations, I remember that I am essentially taking pictures of pretty things in pretty places. I try to accomplish sincerity in my pictures through interesting angles and refreshing compositions. Also, I love grain!

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How did you conceptualize this shoot?

There is something funny to me about party supplies. The party supply store in my town has low lighting and is very depressing. The store made me think of juxtaposing the emotions associated with partying with the very kitschy party supplies. This was one of my favorite shoots because I thought about it more than when I am just shooting for myself. I had an excuse to go buy tons of balloons, gold streamers, party hats, disco balls, etc. This shoot gave me a reason to experiment in ways I've been thinking about for a while now.

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Who are the people in it and where did you shoot?

I shot Allie, my good friend and roommate. We shot at the party store, Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College. A few of the shots were in my room at Bryn Mawr.

What are your favorite things and people to shoot?

Anything that catches my eye! Which usually includes the trivial aspects of my day-to-day life. I also love shooting my friends and am grateful to have them. I don't know how many other people would tolerate me dressing them and constantly telling them move their arm to the left and whatnot.

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Who are your favorite photographers?

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Guy Bourdin, David Hockney, Ryan McGinley...that list is endless.

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still taking pictures! Hopefully at a job that combines fashion and photography.

What is your dream photography job?

Shooting for a publication that provides me with resources to execute some of my crazier shoot ideas would be pretty awesome.