Crystal Richard is a creative director, model, hair and makeup artist, stylist, and all around boss babe. She is partnered with her equally charming husband, Gus, who is usually behind the lens. There's something special to be said about a creative power couple and these two have a certain magnetism that captures you instantly. You'll also find Crys working alongside her BFF, Shawna, for Daughter of the Wild, an up and coming site dedicated to their trades and vintage fashion. For beautiful, retro inspired images follow her at @crysrichard and for your daily dose of girl power check out @daughters.of.the.wild
You're a jack of all trades when it comes to developing artistic projects. What's your favorite part of the creative process?
It is really hard to say what my favorite part of the creative process is. It's all so exciting! Because I get inspired by so many things, at any given moment, I love that first spark of inspiration. That moment when an idea hits you and hear the jackpot bells sounding off in your head! You think 'yeah man, I could do this and that, then shoot it here and edit it this way...and it will be amazing!,' Then I attack that idea with all cylinders firing. The process of bringing all the elements together and curating the look is consuming. I'm creating a world and it's when I'm truly in my happy place. Then editing all the photos in the end where I get to take a modern photo, in a modern location and make it look as period specific as possible. When it's all said and done, and our photos take you into that world, I am really proud.
What's it like getting to work so regularly with your husband on different projects?
Being in a creative partnership with my hubby, Gus (@captaingoose), is the best part! Not only is he wildly encouraging of all my creative endeavors, but he's along for the ride. From the spark of inspiration to the final edit, he's with me, thrifting, hunting, scanning the web for inspo pics, scouting locations and most of all taking amazing pictures. I tell him my vision and it becomes his passion to help me bring it to life. If it weren't for his excitement, talent and support of all my rapid fire and endless ideas, they might have remained just ideas. Together it's art. plus, we are both complete asses most of the time so, it's the most fun, the entire time. If you like the photos you should see the outtakes!
Tell me more about Daughters of the Wild and what inspires you when developing photo shoots? Daughters of the Wild started when my best friend and muse, Shawna Singers (@ssingers), moved to Toronto. We wanted a place to put up the casual, everyday hangout stuff we get up to. What started as just the two of us, slowly grew in to the coming together of creative women and supporting their amazing work! It's a page where Shawna and I collaborate with these amazing gals, spread the love and also collaborate on art with each other. We will soon be turning it into a multifaceted page that focuses on her jewelry designs, my craft work, and both of our curated vintage for sale!
What's the best way to practice self-care?
The best self care practice for me are days off, music on, puttering around the house indulging in all the things I love to. Be it designing and decorating the home, planning shoots or editing photos...doing it in one of my hubby's old t-shirts and a messy bun full of coconut oil.
What's your best beauty advice?
The best beauty advice I can give is get your rest, drink lots of water and laugh a lot. Happiness and laughter brighten you from the inside out.
What's your favorite thing about yourself?
My favorite thing about myself...would likely be my creativity. I am lucky enough to be fairly multifaceted in the creativity department and it has led to a really interesting life. Be it music, drawing, interior design or the latest delving into creative direction and story telling through vintage clothes and photography....I'm always inspired and creating something. My ideas turn into projects and those projects lead to meeting people and going places that I otherwise may not have. It's really exciting for me.
Do you have a favorite decade when it comes to beauty?
My favorite decades for beauty are the 40's/50's. There was such a dedication to artistry. The aesthetic had such a focus on glamorous design, be it with hair, clothes, cars or architecture. That whole era was a time of lavish glamour. I look to the Lucille Ball's and the Lana Turner's of that era, for inspiration. You created art with your hair, and it took so much time and dedication. I love that. I love the ritual. You didn't just throw you hair in a ponytail, you crafted intricate styles then put a stunning hair piece in or a gorgeous hat. More attention to the finishing touches!
I am most inspired by the 40's-70's. I've always incorporated elements of all those era's in my life. From music to interior design, they have always been a part of me. I love getting to feel like I am back in those era's, when I put on a glamorous dress or put a beehive in my hair. I've always been taken by the hair and clothes of these era's and, making these photos is a way of paying homage to that life long love affair.
What's something most people don't know about you?
I haven't always been "glamorous". I used to be a little metal head, with green hair (shaved on the sides way before it was fashionable), who wore 14hole Doc Marten's and played bass guitar.