Tallulah + Starsi, Age 12

Canon EOS 5D Mark II  |  26mm  |  1/125  |  f/5.6

Tallulah Novogratz, 12, and her best friend, Starsi Marie Howell drenched in paint in the Novogratz family home tub. I wanted to depict the strong bond and playful intimacy between best girlfriends during those vulnerable teen years – where you’re not quite a child, but not yet an adult. Tallulah was the art director of this shoot and came up with the idea to use paint. I should have known that the Novogratz’s 12-year-old would be a better art director than me.

*The Novogratz family is headed by successful interior designers, Robert and Cortney, owners of New York’s Sixx Design.


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  1. Beautiful shot! I love that the girls came up with this idea…
    Vulnerable and strong at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nicole Bensen

    So creative! Beautiful colors, fun, close, artsy. Love.

  3. Thanks, Nicole and Tracey. I had a lot of fun photographing this shoot. Watch out for a full series in late summer featuring the entire Novogratz family :)