Man Repeller at Tibi Soho: Outtakes

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Last week, I did a photo shoot with the Man Repeller at Tibi in Soho. As you may have seen from the earlier sneak peek I shared, it was quite the event! Dogs of all sizes, bicycles, and Sienna Miller inspired pants-less outfits were involved.

Tibi has the finished shots from fellow photographer Caroline on their blog, and Leandra shared some images from both of us on her site. I thought I’d post some more amazing photos from behind the scenes of one of the most hilarious photo shoots I’ve ever done.

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When I first arrived, Leandra was putting outfits together from the Spring ’11 collection, so I busied myself capturing some of the atmosphere.
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There are a lot of fun things to look at in the Tibi store. This was my first time visiting, so I really enjoyed the little touches, like Amy’s inspiration board and sketches:
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I miss bright colors. Spring weather, please come soon!

The first shot was outside. Luckily, that morning the weather was on our side and it wasn’t too cold:
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Leandra looking very “Saturday Night Fever”.

Proving she’s earned those harem pants, Leandra revealed she is actually a genie, and can fly:
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Back inside, Amy helped Leandra style her next pick:
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From cute summer frock to…something else:

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A sample fall ’11 skirt that Leandra loved on the runway happened to be in the store, so she got to play with that too!

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Back outside, things quickly got goofy:
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Up the street, we spotted a massive tiger-striped dog. We all joked about using him for the shoot, so I said we should definitely ask to borrow him. And his owner said yes!
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If you were wondering who was stronger, and you guessed Leandra, you were wrong:
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Cracking up after getting yanked around.

Once the pooch was stationary, he was quite the model:
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Another baby sized dog walked by, and the contrast between the two was quite hilarious:
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Doggie #1 had to go, so we asked, and #2’s owner agreed to let her model too!
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Back inside, there were a few more outfit changes:
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Out on the cobblestone street, Leandra experimented with twirling, fake cab hailing, and directing traffic:
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This move inspired a cab’s passenger to jump out and scream “get the hell out of the way!”. So rude.

Making use of all available props in the neighborhood, we found a freakishly tall bicycle:
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Amy found a dress shirt/bodysuit combination, and accessorized it with DIY Tibi collar:
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Add in black tights, and you have a Man Repeller meets Sienna Miller look!
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The ensemble earned Leandra some strange looks from those passing by. But a local handyman approved, and was so impressed he let her help fix some water pipes:
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The final shot of the day (and my personal favorite): Leandra “trapped” in the Tibi store window:
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See the full (hilarious) photo set here.

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Leandra and Tibi designer Amy Smilovic.

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