Monday, June 30, 2008

Team Member Stories Out Now

In Stimuli Magazine photographed by Kristiina, makeup by Cynthia (hair by amazing Elizabeth Morache @ Workgroup and styling by our lady Yahaira @ Artist Loft):

Also, this story out in Codigo shot by Kristiina, hair again by Elizabeth Morache, makeup by Sharon Gault. All clothes by super friend and 1/8 Finn extraordinaire Peter Soronen.


Last week we shot Virginia @ NEXT. She was leaving that night on a flight to Argentina and told us she had been working every single day of her 3 weeks in NYC. She is a gorgeous girl and with shoots for Numero, 10, Interview, Flaunt, Doingbird, Dirtygirrl and Atypica under her belt she can only keep getting better! Look for the whole story in October at a newsstand near you, or on this blog. 

Another field trip

We recently traveled to a small town in another state to shoot a fashion story here:

Tomorrow we get in the glamorous and sexy minivan again for yet another road trip to a different state. Instead of watching out for 7 story tractors and explosions, tomorrow we'll be on the lookout for bears, snakes and creepy crawlies. We will have explosives with us, though, so that remains the same. We are nothing if not consistent, folks. 

If you don't like this blog, try...

Our friends at Falter Magazine. They produce a lovely magazine (current issue with a story by Kristiina as well as another by her husband Harri Kallio) and now they produce a blog as well.

We are not alone

While we may be the first fashion team to call ourselves Team Genius, we certainly aren't the first collective of people to do so. There is also a "a tightly loose-knit confederation of entertainers" to be found at, as well as a band. Enjoy the vocal stylings of the musical Team Genius below.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

In the news

Model Dies in Fall From Hi-Rise in NYC: Ruslana Korshunova, a European Vogue cover model, fell to her death from her Manhattan apartment building Saturday in an apparent suicide, published reports said.

Anna Wintour Celebrates 20 Years with US Vogue. 20 more years of models jumping on gray backgrounds to come?

Friday, June 27, 2008

we heart pernilla

Members of team genius (cynthia and kristiina) shot Pernilla a few months ago for Elements magazine and fell in love with her. She's back in town and ready to work. Pernilla is super cool, super talented and deals with guys who mouth off too much about hydroponics with deft and grace. We can't wait to work with her again. So happy she's back!

Opera in the studio

Yesterday the 3/4s of the team shot a menswear story in Kristiina's studio with a visiting Finnish/English photographer friend, Tero Puha. One of the bonuses of working in fashion is the frequency of meeting surprisingly interesting people. Both of the models were from Red -- one was studying political science at Yale, and the other is an opera singer that was kind enough to give us a lovely concert after the shoot wrapped. Can you guess which was which?

Sean O'Brien

David Beard

All photographs this entry by Tero Puha.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Inspiration Soup!

Inspiration comes in many forms. Who knew it also came in a soup!? Where do you get your inspiration?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

photo roundup

Cynthia in PA at Friendly's the night before our shoot.

Harri is tired from driving a car full of dorks all the way to PA.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Team Genius Field Trip

Team Genius is on a field trip to PA. Please remember to pack your sack lunches and bring your permission slips. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A peek at our newest editorial

Jessi @ Code is awesome. She's even better when she comes in threes! The spirit of Peanut's school photo lives on... and on... and on!

Beep Beep New Work

Today we shot an amazingly gorgeous new girl, Cat McGrath at NEXT. We are sure she'll go far. Fabulous natural red hair and great movement and personality. A fun day! Two outtakes for the crowd.

Inspiration, If You Please

Remember school pics? I used to ALWAYS forget when it was yearbook photo day, which is why I'm wearing this lovely ensemble. Or maybe I just like covering all the primary colors.
(hey team genius: I'm channeling Ken right now:)

Planet Tozer

check this out, really amazing images.

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Long Day of Not Very Much

Today most of Team Genius (minus Peanut who was out doing pulls) met in the studio to do a casting for a few upcoming shoots. Casting days are not very exciting, as they are mainly comprised of lots of sitting around waiting for people to show up, calling agencies to find out why said people are 2 hours late, and trying to come up with new and colorful commentary to use while looking at books, interspersed with trying not to fall asleep on the couch. Oh yeah, and ordering lunch is always a high point. Our lunch was from the usual joint but was eaten in the studio garden next to the lovely fountain and our white minivan. Now that's class!

The two top girls of the day were Victoria @ Trump and Virginia @ Next. We will be shooting them both soon. 

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Beep Beep New Work

Today members of team genius (kristiina & lacy) and a splinter faction (souraya) shot the story below with Rhett @ Muse. 


We had strawberry lemonade and finally made use of that bolt of fabric from MOOD. That place is nowhere as customer oriented as it seems on Project Runway, just FYI. But it does feature lots of cute dogs.

Everything Has Already Been Done

Today's Blind Item.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Urban Turban Causes Rumble

André Leon Talley + Urban Turban x Simon Doonan / Pithy Remark = Grrr ^-note+orchids

Ahh, fashion. Such a to-do over a tiny bath towel.

Oh! Diane!

Zach Galifianakis is a genius.

And so is the hairstylist that worked on this project. The bathing suits are amazing too. 

Zach was commissioned by Absolute for this vodka ad. Unfortunately it never aired, but let's all enjoy it now, shall we? Let's have a beach party!

Werner Herzog is bizarre and inspiring

Encounters at the End of the World

In theaters now. Planning to see it at the weekend, before Sunday's album cover shoot.

We're 100% Fifty-Fifty

Well hello, and welcome to our home! We are Team Genius. We like fashion, banana phones, glitter, model practice, magazines, snacks and evil.

Here is a welcome message for you from Brenda Dickson herself. 

This blog is a place for us to blog about our many bloggy activities. However, we are very busy and important. So we will probably only blog every 5 minutes or so. Blog blog blog. 

Brenda says that if you get too much of anything in your mouth, just spit it out! That goes for this blog too.