Field Studies

You know how winter is cold but cozy but has a certain kind of smell?


  • Mustachefan December 5th, 2011 3:16 PM

    So beautiful!

  • teencult-ure December 5th, 2011 3:30 PM

    this is so beautiful

  • Naomi Morris December 5th, 2011 3:40 PM

    love it. and yes! winter does have a certain smell, the heating coming on in my house has a certain smell and i love it!

  • Nishat December 5th, 2011 3:48 PM

    Oh goodness! I love Eleanor and I know this is in the style category but what eye candy! This is so lovely visually and I’m really overwhelmed (in a good way) by the photographs.
    Rookie is so great because it’s creative and mature. You can tell there are intelligent people behind this – more than just overpriced dresses and generic advice columns. The mix of blog, girl minds and magazine make me so happy.

  • tobiasfunkette December 5th, 2011 3:48 PM

    this is obviously really well-done and beautiful, but i’ve been looking through all these photoshoots and wondering–where are the fat girls (/people)? i haven’t seen any…

    • Anaheed December 5th, 2011 4:39 PM

      We are, as we have said a bunch of times on the site, working on the diversity issue. It’s hard when we have no money and the photographers have to use their sisters, neighbors, and friends as models. We can’t really cast that wide a net. So we haven’t had a fat model yet but we have had some beautiful not-super-skinny girls. For example in this photo shoot of Chrissie’s:

      • tobiasfunkette December 5th, 2011 7:25 PM

        cool! that was my favorite of all of them

  • Cosmo Beatrix December 5th, 2011 3:55 PM

    Wow, beautiful girl!

  • FashionHauties December 5th, 2011 3:58 PM

    Love this! And she is so pretty! :)
    Here’s a shoot I did kind of like yours:

  • Dahlia December 5th, 2011 4:00 PM

    I love the sorta smoky backwood/hillbilly vibe, but it still reminds me of home at the same time. Great job. :)

  • hildaaa December 5th, 2011 4:20 PM

    wow, this is great! I adore the second photo, so so nice!
    But, sadly, I would never wear this in the winter.
    why? cause I would have frozen to death, but I can absolutely see myself wearing something like this in the spring!
    great job xx

  • SS December 5th, 2011 4:20 PM

    Love this
    Her hair is so pretty, sort of wishing I was blonde

  • Rita Unicornia December 5th, 2011 4:21 PM

    Awwww she’s so beautiful :O the pictures are great!
    I’m Rita, I’m 14 and I dream of being a fashion designer and blogger… I’m a begginer but I’ve got a blog called Style Potion nº 15, if any of you is reading please take a look at it.. I’d love to have you not only as a follower but a friend! xox, Rita

  • Gretchyn December 5th, 2011 4:53 PM

    Eleanor, your photographs are always so lovely + I love how much planning/thought you put into each shoot. You are very much an inspiration to me as well

  • Flower December 5th, 2011 4:59 PM

    This reminds me alot of a wood I often visit, where there is a kind of dip and a hidden space full of tree stumps covered in foxgloves. Its just so beautiful the way you can be out walking and suddenly find this strangely colourful little space, with white ponies arround it.
    But I agree about the adversity issue. It shouldn’t be like ‘oh we’re going to use a ‘fat’ model now’ it should be more like ‘ok we’re using this girl because she’s pretty’ and not about having a token plus size model.

    • Anaheed December 5th, 2011 5:26 PM

      Hi, Flower. Yes, of course we use all of our models because we like the way they look and their personalities. But when you’re striving to make your website look like the whole world, you do make conscious decisions to include all kinds of girls. I don’t actually see anything wrong with that!

      • Eleanor December 5th, 2011 7:17 PM

        I promise I am trying really hard to represent all girls in my pictures. If I’m not photographing one of my girlfriends, I shoot with agency models. The sad thing is, agencies often don’t offer every size of girl, so this can make things even harder.

        What I will say is, Hannah in the Camp Rookie shoot was beautifully curvy. Or Anya here is much shorter than the “standard model”, and I feel like that is still achieving something. As a short girl myself, I’d like to hope at least I’m making a start in representing a diverse range of girls, even if this particular example is height as opposed to body shape.

  • Kathryn December 5th, 2011 5:14 PM

    - Get home from school
    - Tiredly amble through facebook
    - Remember the existence of Rookie and get excited

    Pretty much my daily routine.

    These are so pretty! I especially liked the outfit on #7. These made me wish I had long, straight, blonde hair when my hair is pretty much the opposite of that hahah

    • Jamie December 5th, 2011 6:21 PM

      mine too. i have a curly red fro. learnin to love it, but whenever i see ladies with that etherial blond hair im like, “UGHHHH GET ON MY HEAD”

    • Chimdi December 5th, 2011 7:18 PM

      Yes, #7 is drool-worthy

  • Luxe December 5th, 2011 5:38 PM

    This entire shoot is gorgeous! Any chance of a DIY on those Doc Martens? They look great but there aren’t any close-ups…

  • argigle December 5th, 2011 5:39 PM

    This is obviously pretty but I wish Rookie would post pictures that weren’t so obviously posed, and more real life like.

  • Thepunkrocker December 5th, 2011 6:03 PM

    I love Eleanor so much! Her work is so beautiful! My dream is to meet her one day.

  • Limey December 5th, 2011 6:04 PM

    There is a smell to fall/winter, but none of my friends ever understand it.
    To me, it’s the smell when I walk onto my front porch right before I start walking to school. The smell is so crisp, it’s like ice combined with crunchy leaves. It smells so wonderful but it disappears in an instant. That’s one of the only reasons I can sometimes bear fall/winter mornings

  • Jamie December 5th, 2011 6:19 PM

    man 14/16… that’s one giant toothpick of a tree

  • missblack December 5th, 2011 6:57 PM

    I reeeeeaaaaaalllly love that patchwork jacket.


  • Marguerite December 5th, 2011 7:06 PM

    I love this – but Anya’s eyes kinda creep me out…

  • Chandler December 5th, 2011 7:13 PM

    I absolutley am inspired by this photoshoot and the inspiration book as well. I am going to start making inspiration books for my photoshoots that i do with my friends. I know i have asked this a bunch of times, but i really admire the camera you used.

    What camera did you use for the shoot? The outcome is amazing!!

    • Eleanor December 5th, 2011 7:27 PM

      I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk II and a Canon 300 :)

  • maggiemadge December 5th, 2011 7:43 PM

    I wish there was a like button on Rookie. haha… I love the styling and idea behind this photo series.

    • Tavi December 5th, 2011 7:44 PM

      there is! right above the related posts.

  • Adrienne December 5th, 2011 8:44 PM

    Oooh I love all of the mixing colors and patterns. Gotta love the doc martens… I am so inspired!! My favorite was the outfit on #7… god I want that top. The tree on #15 is so cute!

    Not to be a creeper/stalker, but just wondering, where was this shot? The overall landscape is beautiful!

  • Jenn December 5th, 2011 10:18 PM

    This is probably my favorite photoset Rookie has ever done -so much so, each shot has been saved to my desktop. It just hits all the right notes and the vibe is too perfect (especially since here in New Hampshire it’s getting colder and colder but somehow we still don’t have any snow??)

  • jessejames December 5th, 2011 10:35 PM

    This is so pretty.

  • witch-season December 5th, 2011 10:46 PM

    - How did you get those woods in the background? I love them!

    How are you short? You seem pretty tall, how tall are you?

  • arkasha December 6th, 2011 3:26 AM

    Anya is so beautiful, her expression is so innocent and other-worldly. She should sign up in an agency, if she hasn’t already. :)

  • soybrain December 6th, 2011 9:44 AM

    she’s very beautiful! love the vibe

  • Katya R. December 6th, 2011 3:05 PM

    I guess that I am kind of disappointed that Rookie used a model for this shoot. Not that the model – Anya Taylor at Storm Models, I believe? – is not very beautiful, but I thought Rookie was more about using average teen girls as their subjects, not girls who model professionally. Also, someone mentioned that Anya was shorter than industry standards – but according to her stats she is 5’7″ which is a little small for a model, but not for the rest of the general population.

    • Tavi December 6th, 2011 3:16 PM

      What’s the problem with doing both? Eleanor prefers to shoot models, Petra is more comfortable using her sister and friends. Film is expensive and less convenient than shooting digitally, and if I was a photographer, I would want to have confidence in the person I’m shooting that it wouldn’t be a waste –you’re basically guaranteed that, if you use a model from an agency, they’ll convey whatever it is you want to the camera. Still, I agree that we need to improve on other kinds of diversity, and we are working on it.

      • Eleanor December 6th, 2011 3:57 PM

        Also, to be honest I barely have any girlfriends… none of whom live near me now everyone has left for university, so working with agencies is really useful for me. Working with new models is a great way for me to meet new people. For this shoot, I felt Anya was perfect for the role. Casting for pictures can be like casting for a film, and it just depends who I think could convey the story I want to tell the best, and in this case it was Anya, who happens to be a signed model, but is also a normal teenage girl, as well as a ballerina, and much more!

  • Motherfunker December 6th, 2011 4:14 PM

    the model is absolutely gorgeous! beautiful shoot too.

  • brynntheredonethat December 6th, 2011 5:01 PM

    Heyy! I thought I was the only weirdo who used Where the Wild Things Are as fashion inspiration. Heckyes.

  • rhymeswithorange December 6th, 2011 6:08 PM

    fantastic. saving to desktop

  • Flower December 11th, 2011 2:28 PM

    Sorry, I didn’t actually mean it like that. I completely love these pictures, and most of Rookie. I just get touchy about these issues. I’m just this short, spotty kid with awful hair and bitten nails. Alot of the time people make assumptions about me based purely on opinion and its kinda tough when you loose a friend for wearing stripey socks.
    Not to ramble, but alot of the time its tought trying to ‘like yourself’ when every are images of idealistic girls.
    Still, I love these so much and wish I could just slip into them!

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  • hillary December 29th, 2011 2:38 AM

    ugh this is seriously one of the best shoots i’ve ever seen! Anya is so beautiful.