Styling the Boys of Hampden

As a stylist, I have worked in Baltimore and New York salons, and traveled as an educating artist across the states and in Europe. I worked back stage at burlesque shows and photo shoots, and on stage at hair shows.

2016 Boys of Hampden CalendarWorking as a stylist for the Boys of Hampden Calendar certainly tops my list as one of the most wonderful and exciting projects in which I have participated. Styling men was a very different experience than styling women.

All the boys had the look they wanted to shoot and required little or no coaxing to get the shot. All I had to do was offer suggestions for angles, tweak outfits, and cajole smiles or sexy looks. These guys acted like pros and really made it a lot of fun. There was no lack of confidence with this crew!

We styled and photographed 29 men in 2 days. It was a break-neck pace but since they had done their homework it really worked.

The best part is that now the calendar is done and available for $20. All proceeds benefit the Hampden Community Center. You can buy the calendar in Hampden businesses, or online at http://loucatelli.wix.com/boysofhampden.

I’m excited to see what the Ladies of Hampden do next year. Will we go classic with an edge. . .sexy. . .classy? We’ll let the ladies decide.

— Nikki Verdecchia