Krista Baroni at the Crompton Collective: Sometimes You Must Misbehave

In the time that I’ve known Krista, she’s been a photographer, a waitress, and a jewelry store worker. She’s lived on her own, at her parents’, and with her boyfriend. She’s been a starving artist. Sometimes, just an artist. She’s been a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. A morning person. A night person. But no matter what, every day she wakes up, she’s a songwriter. A singer. A musician. Every. Single. Frickin’ day. I have been a lucky observer to her journey. Over the years we have collaborated on a million and one photo shoots together. We’ve experimented with costumes, hats, lighting, backgrounds, locations, you name it. This time around was special, though. Krista had been working on her latest album, The Alabaster Girl, and needed some promotional photos. We worked together to come up with a location that meshed well with both of our visions and we found it in the Crompton Collective out in Worcester. Crompton Collective is, in their words, “a curated boutique marketplace.” They have all sorts of amazing antiques, as well as items crafted by local artisans. In my words, Crompton Collective is like heaven on earth. Not only do they have AMAZING things I want to purchase (I never leave empty-handed), but they are so generous with their time and space and they LOVE supporting other artists. Together, we were able to nail what Krista wanted for her album. In the end, Krista incorporated one of my images into her album cover, thanks to the brilliant work of Emily Joy Ashman of the Illustrated Room and the last photo in this post is on the back cover of the CD. It feels so wonderful to have work out there that I am so proud of, but I think I might be even prouder of Krista and all her hard work. She’s made something amazing here. I might be biased, but Krista and the Dirt Floor team created quite the masterpiece.¬†Check out this review from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette if you don’t believe me. I normally don’t blog out of order (what can I say, I’m a little OCD that way), but I was feeling all pumped up after watching Krista perform last night at Club Passim. Yes, that Club Passim. The same place where Joan Baez and Bob Dylan used to play. That’s where Krista launched her new album. Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to blog, but this post just called out to me. I am incredibly honored to have worked alongside Krista, but I am even more honored to call her my friend. Enjoy the photos, but even better, get out there and enjoy The Alabaster Girl!

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