slim aarons-inspired poolside pride

poolside pride

Birmingham, ALABAMA | June 2020

PHOTOGRAPHY— LAURA WALKER | CREATIVE DIRECTION + WARDROBE— BASIC.

VIDEOGRAPHY— GINNARD ARCHIBALD | STYLING— GABBY HOLLOWAY

poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign. this image shows a pool deck with 7 people positioned around it in a cocktail scene.

HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT.

-harvey milk

'on june 28th, 1969, new york city’s stonewall inn was raided. with the throwing of what is referred to as “the shot glass heard around the world,” marsha p. johnson began what would be a series of riots and protests that catapulted the LGBTQ awareness movement to a new level, empowering others to stand up for their civil rights...'

a woman wearing a straw hat and mustard boots sits on a pink slide wearing sunglasses while a man in a chartreuse jumpsuit speaks with a curly haired woman wearing a lilac jumpsuit for "poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign."
a woman wearing a straw hat and mustard boots sits on a pink slide wearing sunglasses while a man in a chartreuse jumpsuit speaks with a curly haired woman wearing a lilac jumpsuit for "poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign."
a woman wearing a straw hat, mustard boots, and an orange romper sits on a pink slide wearing sunglasses for "poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign."
a man in a headscarf and caftan sits on the pool edge while a man in white sunglasses and a yellow midi shift dress perches on the handrail above for "poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign."
a man in a headscarf and caftan sits on the pool edge while a man in white sunglasses and a yellow midi shift dress perches on the handrail above for "poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign."
a man in a headscarf and caftan sits on the pool edge while a man in white sunglasses and a yellow midi shift dress perches on the handrail above for "poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign."
"we can spend our lives letting the world tell us who we are. sane or insane. saints or sex addicts. heroes or victims. letting history tell us how good or bad we are. letting our past decide our future. or we can decide for ourselves.

and maybe it's our job to invent something better."

-chuck palahnuick
8 people model on the side of the pool deck for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
8 people model on the side of the pool deck for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man and a woman model matching chartreuse jumpsuits on the pool deck for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man and a woman model matching chartreuse jumpsuits on the pool deck for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign

there’s been a lot of lost potential in a world that wasn’t, but we’re more interested in the world that can be.


love is love. always.

a woman with natural curly hair and a baby pink dress + sunglasses sits on top of a pink slide with a pink cocktail in her hand for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man and a woman model matching chartreuse jumpsuits on the pool deck for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman with natural curly hair and a baby pink dress + sunglasses sits on top of a pink slide with a pink cocktail in her hand for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man in an orange spaghetti strap crop top and matching pants lays on the diving board above the pool below for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man in an orange spaghetti strap crop top and matching pants lays on the diving board above the pool below for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man in an orange spaghetti strap crop top and matching pants lays on the diving board above the pool below for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man in an orange spaghetti strap crop top and matching pants  stands in front of a turquoise cinderblock wall for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
5 people stand around for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
two women sit on top of the pool deck roof for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman with long black hair, pink sunglasses, and a pink crop top sits on the bottom of a pink slide above the pool below for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman with long black hair, pink sunglasses, and a pink crop top sits on the bottom of a pink slide above the pool below for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign

you. do. you.

a man with shaved hair and glasses sits with his white shirt open on the side of the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman with a tattoo sleeve and long ombre hair, a straw visor, and a matching cropped set holds a table tennis paddle next to the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman with a tattoo sleeve and long ombre hair, a straw visor, and a matching cropped set holds a table tennis paddle next to the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman with a tattoo sleeve and long ombre hair, a straw visor, and a matching cropped set holds a table tennis paddle next to the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man wearing a headscarf, caftan, and glasses relaxes in the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man wearing a headscarf, caftan, and glasses relaxes in the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a man wearing a headscarf, caftan, and glasses relaxes in the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman wearing pink skates and a matching pink crop top with geometric pants stands in front of the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
a woman wearing pink skates and a matching pink crop top with geometric pants stands in front of the pool for poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired pride campaign
poolside pride: a slim aarons-inspired photo campaign. this image shows a pool deck with 7 people positioned around it in a cocktail scene.

a note from photographer laura walker

on june 28th, 1969, new york city’s stonewall inn was raided. with the throwing of what is referred to as “the shot glass heard around the world,” marsha p. johnson began what would be a series of riots and protests that catapulted the LGBTQ awareness movement to a new level, empowering others to stand up for their civil rights. the following year, on the anniversary of the stonewall riots, demonstrations in major cities across the US began. parades and demonstrations promoted visibility of the LGBTQ community, helped raise awareness of AIDS and gained support for marriage equality. media coverage of these events helped accelerate the movement, and it began to transition into the beautiful celebrations of love and life that pride month is today.


we know that the fight for both LGBTQ and racial equality is an ongoing one and the battle is in no way over, but there are so many accomplishments that can be celebrated and so many things about the past that will help continue to push this further into the future. for this month’s celebration of Pride, we took inspiration from a photographer of the famous and elite, slim aarons. In his words, he gained his fame, “photographing attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” his work romanticized the idea of life, leisure and beauty, peering into the life of his wealthy subjects.


we have taken slim’s romantic perspective and featured people who were being marginalized during aarons’ time, people who would likely never be in magazines like town and country or harper’s bazaar, and we captured them in such settings. elevating, celebrating and supporting every person, especially those who have been marginalized and underrepresented, is something we value. just as slim favored photographing the vibrant women with great personal style of the 60s and 70s, we have chosen some of our most vibrant and confidently beautiful friends in the LGBTQ community to shine and represent love, diversity and equality.