Bird Swift circa 1963

I had a quick trip for a shoot to Boston again and ended up staying with my agent right outside of the city to save time. She not only has the most amazing bungalow style home filled with interesting pieces from antiques and artists that is so my style, but has old photos and mementos galore that are just so inspiring. She even showed me a stack of old letters that her husband’s grandparents wrote to each other and kept neatly bundled with a ribbon. Who does that anymore? With the prevalence of email, will love notes be a thing of the past, just dedicated to home decor?

What struck me the most was this photo and the story behind the woman with the incredible name, Bird Swift. (Yes, that is her real name, and in fact it was her mother’s as well). I loved finding this photo hanging in her stairway, showcasing Bird’s cotillion as a debutante in Chicago. Other than the white gloves and the sepia-toned image, her graceful style looks like it could be either in the 60’s or today with her natural-looking makeup and understated elegance.

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