Contributors: February 2009

Khristi Zimmeth

Parents who had summers off and took the family on road trips in a 1969 Chevy Impala convertible left Zimmeth with a lasting wanderlust. Her family’s car, she says, “was a great way to see the country.” A former writer and editor for both Dearborn-based Michigan Living and New York-based Travel & Leisure, Zimmeth has logged many travel miles since childhood, including a cruise to Tahiti and a trans-Atlantic trip on the QE2. She still enjoys exploring her home state and writes about honeymooning in Michigan on page 70. While she still writes about travel, these days she sticks closer to home, contributing to The Detroit News’ “Homestyle” section and working as a field editor and writer for Meredith Corp., publishers of Better Homes & Gardens and Traditional Home.

Terry Parris Jr.

As a staff writer for Model D Media and Metromode, Parris has reported on a wide range of topics, from being a movie extra to exploring the local-food movement. In addition to being a frequent contributor to Hour Detroit, he also writes for the Hamtramck Citizen, where he writes about snowstorms, street repairs, and other nuts-and-bolts municipal matters. So it came as a nice change of pace, he says, to profile a soul-singing former Ann Arborite (page 27) whose debut release was a heart-shaped 45 rpm titled “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out.” “It was also nice to hear someone say, ‘just ain’t gonna work out,’ and not be single the next day,” Parris says. “If I had a nickel for every time a girl told me that, I’d have three nickels.”

Taryn Bickley

For this month’s bridal fashion feature, Bickley matched five personalities with suitably typecast gowns and accessories. “For me, the accessories are almost as important as the dress,” she says. “They complete your outfit and you can wear them again.” Choosing coordinating color palettes for each look was fun for Bickley, who is planning her own rustic-style wedding in northern Michigan for fall 2009. “It’s really about what fits in the context, coupled with what you’ve always envisioned,” she says. Bickley is a metro Detroit native who now works as a Chicago-based stylist and freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Chicago Magazine, Elle Décor, Metro Detroit Bride and Luxe Magazine. In this issue, she also writes about designer Pamella DeVos.

John Roe

Though his home base is a work/live loft/studio in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, Roe spends much of his time in Miami and travels extensively for photographic assignments. Much of his work is automotive and automotive-action. His primary interest is fashion photography, however, so he was happy to focus his lens on bridal gowns and accessories for this issue (page 54). A behind-the-scenes note: Photo shoots aren’t all cameras and glamour. The night before the session, Roe was up until midnight painting the canvas backdrop. Roe’s editorial work has been published in GQ, Automobile, Corvette Quarterly, and Car. His commercial photography has appeared in many national magazines.

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