Meet Beth Garrabrant

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Beth is a photographer and the photo director of NYLON magazine. She grew up in Connecticut and Chicago before moving to New York 8 1/2 years ago to study at ICP. She was a photo editor at Travel + Leisure prior to her time at Nylon. She loves horror movies, dolls, and Britney Spears.
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Sweater, Organic by John Patrick ; Jeans, J Brand

Sweater, Organic by John Patrick ; Jeans, J Brand


I wake up, turn on NY1, and have a yerba mate. Then I (very) slowly but surely get ready for work. At some point I sneak in a call to my sister Katie for outfit advice. I’m always running late so makeup is done on the go but I never leave without a healthy spritz of A Quiet Morning Miller et Bertaux perfume.

on becoming a photographer

My friend, fellow photo editor and photographer Katie Dunn, inspired me to become a photographer. I’ve known Katie my entire life. When my sister and I were very young, Katie would take beautiful black and white portraits of us for her high school photography class. We would organize Katie’s film rolls in between shots and she would let us take photos with her camera. From then on I was hooked. I started out with a disposable camera and barbie models.

the cameras she uses

I really only shoot film, mainly medium format. My go-to cameras are my Pentax 67 II and Fuji 645. I also use Contax T4 and a Rolleilflex. I love shooting portraits, miniatures, and places in decay.

Top, Jacquemus ;  Jeans, The Row  ; Photograph, Paul D'Amato

Top, Jacquemus ; Jeans, The Row ; Photograph, Paul D'Amato

The Britney book is one of my favorite things in the world. To say I’m crazy about Britney would be an understatement. Brit Forever.
Juergen Teller Go-Sees was suggested by a close friend when I first started at NYLON as the model booker. This collection inspired me to start shooting film portraits of the girls I was casting. It’s just fantastic.
— on her favorite books
Fat and the Moon Kooch Quench;  Nature's Bounty Melatonin;   La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen ; Organic Virgin Coconut Oil;  Schmidt's Deodorant Jar ; Tulsi Honey Chamomile;  Eminence Organic Skin Care Clear Skin Probiotic Masque  ;    Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush  ;  Tulsi Organic India Tulsi Tea, Honey Chamomile  ;    Remedy Nourishing Skin Cream with Phytoplex  ; Herbal Plus Echinacea & Goldenseal

on the best part of her job

Travel + Leisure took me around the world, literally. For most of my time at T+L the photo department consisted of all female photographers, and we were all shooting for the magazine. At the time I didn’t realize just how special that was. It was at T+L that I discovered the Pentax 6x7, which was our staff camera. As a young photographer, I always wished to one day work at NYLON. Every day I get to collaborate with incredible art directors, editors, photographers, stylists, hair and makeup teams, models—the list goes on. I’m constantly inspired.

on her shopping habits and style

My mom and sister are responsible for all of the best things in my closet. The pieces that I covet most were either a gift or a hand-me-down or just plain stolen from their closets. Some of my favorite shops are American Two Shot, Gail Rothwell, and Warm. My aesthetic is relaxed and a little retro. I love knits and bell bottoms. I often wear overalls when I’m shooting for lots of pocket space for film and my light meter.



Top, Organic by John Patrick, Jeans, J Brand

Top, Organic by John Patrick, Jeans, J Brand

My favorite daily product is Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe SPF 18. It really makes your skin shimmer.
— on her favorite beauty product
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Dress, Vintage ; Photograph, Paul D'Amato

Dress, Vintage ; Photograph, Paul D'Amato


I’ve been pretty consistent with my makeup regime since high school: lots of mascara, Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner, Benefit Gimme Brow, and a little lip gloss, like Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha or Josie Maran Argan 3-in-1 Core Color Hydrating Lipstick. One of my close friends who’s a beauty editor just gave me Boy Brow by Glossier, which I really like. I’ve also recently gotten into face masks, which I love to do with my mom and sister on our girls nights. My favorite is Charlotte Tilbury’s Goddess Mask.

My favorite daily product is Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe SPF 18. It really makes your skin shimmer. I also use Avene Micellar LotionLucas PapawCetaphil Skin CleanserOribe Côte d'Azur Luminous Hair & Body OilCHANEL Le Vernis Nail Polish in Vertigo, Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo for Beautiful Color, Naturopathica Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream, and Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream.

Top, Band of Outsiders

Top, Band of Outsiders

beth's favorite books

The Virgin Suicides: A New Generation's Companion to Film Edited by Susanna Howe, Britney by James R. Blandford, Hold Still by Sally Mann, Go-Sees by Juergen Teller, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

beth's favorite places in nyc

My favorite restaurant in New York is The Little Owl. It's on Bedford and Grove, which is one of the dreamiest intersections in New York. 

My favorite bar is Emmett's, which is owned by a very dear old friend and serves the best deep-dish pizza on the East Coast (though I prefer his thin crust). 


Top, Band of Outsiders ; Jeans, The Row ; Coat, No.21 ;  Bag, Céline  ;  Shoes, Acne  

Top, Band of Outsiders ; Jeans, The Row ; Coat, No.21 ; Bag, Céline ; Shoes, Acne