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  • Behind the scenes -

    Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of a life style or editorial image? What it took to get that amazing shot? Over the years I have done quite a few photo shoots and let me tell you, it is not all glamour and fun. Don't get me wrong.  It can be glamorous, but there are bugs, sore muscles, long hours and amazing dedication to getting that perfect shot. I have met amazing people, been part of some fabulous shoots and gotten my work features in print and video! 

     Here are just a few. 

    Editorial photo shoot - inside look

    Editorial fashion shoot which included quite a few of my statement pieces as well as a few pieces by other jewelry designers pulled from local boutiques by the stylist. 

    Fashion Video - Shelby Preist from Ivan Clow on Vimeo.

     

      

    Model - Shelby Priest, Photography - Piper Rastello, Hair/Makeup - Ana Liza Witham, Wardrobe Stylist - Krista Roser, Gowns by - Johnathan Kayne

    Endangered animal awareness campaign shoot

    This shoot took place in a music studio in Music City (Nashville) and out in the woods and an abandoned barn. It was a long day, so much fun. 

           

    At first, the models didn't want to hold the snake, but then they became good friends. There were bugs and humidity and wild animals out there! And that isn't even the ones in the shoot. At one point I became a human curtain rod in the woods while holding up a blanket to make a make shift changing room for the models. 

                     

    This monkey was not a big fan of other females being around HER trainer. It took a little photography magic to make this shot happen. There was also a giant lizard, a scorpion (only one model was brave enough to hold) and a tortoise to name a few. 

    Photographer - Toni Hayes , Model - Esseri Holmes, Jess Hughes and Sam Gutshall, Wardrobe - Johnathan Kayne , Jewelry - Nora Catherine Jewelry

    Swimsuit photo shoot - Stones River

                          

    Right after this shot was taken a couple of fishermen told us we may not want to hang our feet off those rocks.... Water moccasins like to hang out there. Yikes! (We moved.) Great shot though! 

    Swimwear by Doug Barry, Photography by Ruth Chapa, Jewelry by Nora Catherine Jewelry

     Tara Buck jewelry shoot - Portland OR

    Actress Tara Buck as seen on True Blood, Ray Donovan and Party of Five

    I met Tara years ago through her husband Chris Pierce. She graciously agreed to do a photo shoot with me when she and Chris were in Portland OR for a show he was doing. She was down for the shoot around town and then we enjoyed listening to Chris perform. 

     

    Hair and Makeup by Camillia, Photography by Peter Greene, Jewelry by Nora Catherine, Model/actress Tara Buck

    Camillia, Tara and I.

    I look forward to working with amazingly talented artists that inspire and push me to grow. 

    Check out some of my latest work in the shop!  

  • Never to late to dance!

    As a child, I grew up on a small farm outside of a two stop light town in Southern Oregon. Growing up in the country, I experiences all that nature had to offer, from milking cows, collecting eggs and chopping wood  to hunting for peacock feathers in the woods, riding our bikes to the lake to swim and picking blackberries every summer for spending money.  (Yes, I said peacocks feathers.... Our neighbors had some. They escapes and years later, wild flocks inhabited the woods behind our house. )

    If you look closely at our fabulous head bands, you can see some of the feathers we collected. This was not a halloween costume, but us dressing the part while playing outside. No shoes required.

    Thanks to my Mom, I played the piano, took ballet and tap, sang in choir and learned to sew. Thanks Mom!

    I grew up and moved on, but the thrill of exploration and creating never left me. The ballet and tap fell by the way side, but my love of music and the desire to dance never left. Life happened and I never found the time.    Oh, I danced..... I danced when no one was around. I danced with my son in my arm to the Gipsy Kings when he was little. I danced to live music with my friends, but I never made the commitment to take up the art form and learn the craft. 

    A few years ago I became intrigued by belly dancing and those wistful thoughts of dancing reared their heads again.
    This style of dance speaks to me. So passionate! So vibrant! As a woman addicted to vibrant color, jewelry, exotic places and music, how could I not love it?! The costumes! The moves! The strong confident way these dancers carry themselves. Nuff said!

    Matt Abraxas

    I purchased this amazing print to hang on my wall and inspire me every day! (It was hard to choose which one to get first. His work is breathtaking!)

    I did a little research in my area and found a class that teaches ATS style belly dancing. The first class is free they said....... (Famous last words.) I took that free class and never looked back. That was 7 months ago. I took level one, bought my first vintage bellydance belt and was hooked. I advanced to level two and added to my ever growing collection of dance costumes.  (I search on Etsy for vintage treasures) Last weekend I was asked to perform with the troupe on the chorus line and of course I said yes!

    Never one to do anything on a small scale, I decided to make a head piece using a copper branch tiara I had made a few years back as a base. 

    Here is the piece finished. I secured it in place with leather ties and bobby pins. You can't have your flowers flying off when you are spinning on stage........ 

    Next up... tribal stage makeup, hair and the rest of my costume. In ATS Belly dancing you wear layered skirts over pantaloons, a short top called a choli with a decorated beaded bra over it and lot and lots of jewelry. I ordered a custom one from White Ibis Design.

    This piece I bought on Etsy from EasternWonders   which  I layered over two 25 yard skirts. 
     

     

    I combined pieces from my own jewelry line with what was left of the belt I use on the head piece.  

    Hand crafted great white shark tooth ring in sterling silver and bronze. Adjustable

     
    Bronze crescent moon earrings with recycled silver stars. Faceted carnelian wrapped with sterling. Sterling silver ear wires. 
     

    Here I am, all ready to go. Now lets dance!!!

    My tribe.  Vibrant, beautiful women. www.tulatribebellydance.com
    Shop www.noracatherine.com  for jewelry that inspires YOU to dance!
  • Shark tooth necklace

    Shark tooth necklace

    I finished this piece the other day and couldn't be happier how it turned out. The inspiration was the center stone which I have had for years. I used it in the very first piece I learned to solder on. I re-clamed it and wanted to do a new piece with it. The shape of this freeform amazonite/smokey quartz stone reminded me of a sharks tooth so I went with it. The fun part was giving the teeth dimention and texture. The tips are high shine while the tops are satin brush finished. I love the linking of this piece. So clean and bold. This is a one of a kind piece because of the center stone, but will most definitely take the components to make other pieces to create a mini collection. I love it that much!