Color Me Arq

Lily Glass (the queen) and I have wanted to shoot on some solid backgrounds for a while, and when we saw Arq’s new underwear collection for women & kids, we knew the opportunity was here. Abigail and Elle created Arq about 3 years ago. It was initially just a children’s brand that offered the sweetest vintage silhouettes - giving it a 60s/70s flair. Since then, they have ventured into soft basics for mom-and-me. The color palette is beyond beautiful, the fabric is oh-so soft, and they are dang comfy.

To make our ideas come to life, we brought on our friend Wilmarose Orlanes. She is an expert on all things set designing and prop styling, and she sure knows how to play with color (which is a territory I often stay away from). Wilmarose hung these painted canvases, color-matched to the undies, and they gave the set life.

Lily knocked it out of the park with the shots. We had… what? 2 hours to shoot this?

Nailed it.

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Arq, Lucia Tran

Thanks to our beautiful models for making our concept come to life, including set designer Wilmarose who was forced to get in some undies after a model cancellation, and for Bread Lounge for being open early enough for us to caffeinate. Oh, and our favorite steep parking lot ramp that gives us the only exercise we do once a month. Our hamstrings still burn.

You're a producer now?

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I initially wanted to be a witch. I was five and thought I could fly on a broomstick like Sabrina. “Listen, my teacher said that if you work really hard, you can make your dreams come true!” I failed to convince my family.

20 years later, I became a keeper of sanity, handler of budgets, booker of cast and crew, coordinator of sets, and most importantly: organizer of life’s mess.

But I had no intention of becoming a producer. Nada. Zip. Zero. Nothing. I started web development when I was a tween, then created a magazine during high school… ran that through college, and then became a publicist. The transitions were organic. I worked a lot. I worked hard.

Production was sort of full circle for me. I handled most productions for the magazine, and it was generally with celebrities (boy, that got old real fast). I often felt stinted in creativity because the options were more limited. But through my work in PR, I helped lead campaign shoots for each season and I was given the freedom to just make and it felt great.

Plus, logistics make me happy (spreadsheets are the greatest), and so a life in production it is.

My family dubs me as a delegator. Always telling people what to do without hesitation. At least they’re convinced I can be a producer. And hey, dreams did come true.

It took 5000 turns to get to where I am right now, and I for-see many more. So that’s how I got here (in a nutshell)… That means all aspiring Teenage Witches will become producers too. We should start a coven.