I am lucky enough to have a house a mere 200 feet from the ocean on Long Beach Island, NJ. Less than two hours from Manhattan and 30 miles south of the "Jersey shore" area, LBI's beaches have been voted in the top 10 in the country (including Hawaii!). We refer to it as "the Hamptons of Jersey," and the 18-mile island has the Atlantic on one side and a serene, boat-filled bay on the other. This is one part of my New Jersey roots that this proud now-city girl could never abandon.
One day a few months ago, Stylewhipped photographer Andrew Werner looked at me and said, "Let's do a photoshoot on-location at your beach. A really beautiful, sexy one." So of course (of course!), I immediately said yes. And two weeks ago, we finally got the weather to cooperate, an amazing team to be available on the same day, and Faria's, my very favorite LBI surf shop, to let us use their most fabulous pieces on our model.
Below is the editorial ("A DAY AWAY") that was the result of Andrew's extraordinary eye, styling by yours truly, make-up & grooming by Isabel Rosado, photo assistance from the unflappable David Oliveira, and of course, our gorgeous (and soaking-wet-covered-in-sand) model Cris Crapello.
So enjoy the photos...because we so very much enjoyed our "day away" to create them...
(Click on photos to enlarge.)