A seaside farewell

This is one of the last beach shoots Chad Muller intends to do. “I’ve been shooting fashion outdoors and on beaches for decades,” he explains. Back then, fashion was mostly shot in studios, and beach shoots involved either nudes or bikinis. “I had the idea to shoot fashion where people would normally shoot nudes or bathing suits,” says Muller. But as others have caught up and beaches are now the backdrops for everything from winter woolies to evening couture, he feels its time to move on.

Thus, in what promises to be one of his last sea-side shoots, Muller evokes something that isn’t raw, unadulterated sex appeal and isn’t wholly delicate beauty, either. It’s a mix of pretty and awkward, a mix that plays to model Aria’s youth and “quirky personality”.

chad muller Bambi issue 8

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)
Chad Muller for Bambi Magazine Issue 8 (NSFW)

There’s something splendidly easy and natural about Chad Muller’s work here, shot half in digital and half on film. While we’ve no doubt that leaving the beach behind for good will only leave more room for other types of work, in some ways the parting of a photographer and the crashing waves is a sad farewell.

But, well, we all change our minds occasionally. Perhaps Chad will too.

Click on the thumbnails above for all of Chad Muller’s shoot starring model Aria Darcella. And if you haven’t already indulged in the full issue 8 of Bambi Magazine, click here.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.