I have always felt a kindred kind of connection with Little Red Riding Hood.
My go-to color to wear on an almost daily basis is deep red, and I have a pretty SERIOUS obsession with wolves. When I met photographer David Scott Bowels, I knew that we were a perfect photography pair.
We've got a lot of big plans to work together again in the very near future, so keep your eyes peeled!
He was shooting with such emotion; his pores were pouring out passion with every photo he shot. I could feel it.
We spent hours in his beautiful studio with the perfect playlist serenading us; the music completely penetrated our creative sides in such a moving and profound way and we definitely captured some real winners. This was one of my most memorable shoots to date.
We also shot some images for Vogue Italia that afternoon, but those shots are secrets for now. ;)
Ever since I got my snake Zero last October I knew it was only a matter of time before I shot with him. Steve Meier, thank you for letting me splatter red paint all over your white studio wall and for allowing my photo shoot dream to come to fruition. You let me have full control for this shoot and I cannot thank you enough for handing my the creative reigns.
I'm absolutely obsessed with my little reptile and I couldn't think of a better photographer to capture the two of us together.
This shoot was one of the most fun I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of.
When I first walked into Steve Meier's studio, I had never imagined that the shoot would involve setting my hand on fire over and over again- painlessly.
We got the moody, extra-terrestrial shots we had discussed before meeting, but as the shoot progressed, we got more and more excited and kept throwing in additional elements to fabricate a shoot that was truly out of this world.
We shot with different colored gels, a smoke machine, and, as you can see below, we lit my hand on fire. We did this by mixing dish soap and water in a pot, then agitating the water with a bottle of butane until a decent amount of bubbles had formed. Then, I took the bubbles into my hand and, with a lighter, lit them, which quickly burned up in a beautiful little fiery inferno. It didn't hurt a bit and was quite the spectacle.
(Don't try this at home, kids)
I'm a bit of a pyro so this shoot was way too much fun for me. And I think the photos speak for themselves: Shoot = success!
I went through quite a few fairly extreme changes within the first half of 2017. When the year started, I had felt as if I had lost myself completely; I was aching to feel the connection with myself that I had always so confidently grasped. I was experiencing several grief-inducing life hurtles at the time and had lost my sense of self in the process. This photo shoot was important to me because, not only was it my first shoot of the year, but it was also the beginning of my artistic reconnection with myself. I dressed in what I felt truly represented who I was and during the entirety of the shoot, my heart was set ablaze with inspiration and motivation to do ME to the max for the rest of the year. And I’m very happy to say that I did just that. :)
These photos were shot by the extremely talented photographer, Eric Carroll. The entirety of the shoot was spent laughing our asses off, even though we were meeting for the first time. From the moment I walked into his home, we acted as if we had known each other for years and the sentiment was true. Eric is an absolute pleasure to work with and we are already discussing plans for our next collaborative shoot together. ;) Self-stylized. www.ericcarrollphotography.com
These photos were shot by an exceptionally talented photographer who goes by the Instagram name, "@thatoneguypaul".
Please, let me tell you with the utmost confidence: this guy is going to BE somebody someday; I mean really; Paul is the real deal; a naturally talented, groundbreaking artist with a breathtaking and exceedingly beautiful vision. Also, just a really nice dude.
I have never worked with a photographer who was as good a director; he knew exactly how to direct my body into positions that brought the pictures to LIFE.
For the first time since I've been working with photographers in LA, I completely let myself submit to his direction and milk the shoot HIS way. I followed his lead. He was in control.
The whole shoot was a beautiful, fluid collaboration: his direction, his location choices; my outfits/accessories, my self-stylizing (hair and makeup).
Fun fact: only minutes before I arrived to the shoot he somehow accidentally broke his go-to lens. This entire shoot was an experiment to see what he could capture with a lens he had never used before. I'd say he was pretty damn successful. Wouldn't you? Self-stylized.
The most beautiful pieces of art are conceived when two creative minds, both with passionate visions, collaborate. I met photographer Richie Banks online. Immediately, after viewing each other’s portfolios, we knew we wanted (needed) to collaborate. He had an edge to his work that I liked and appreciated and I knew that he would be able to capture the edge that I wanted to physically convey.
He wanted to shoot in the desert… I have ALWAYS wanted to shoot in the desert.
I was born and raised in Nevada, so the desert feels like home for me. I feel at peace there, all alone, among the Joshua trees and the yellow sand. The minute Richie told me that he wanted to shoot an hour and a half outside LA, to the middle of the desert, I immediately jumped into action and spent an entire day searching for the perfect garments and accessories that would bring my vision of this wild, free-spirited, desert-coyote-elf to life. We spent 10 hours shooting in the desert… 10 HOURS… to capture EXACTLY what we had envisioned: a being that was wild, free, youthful, and raw; no-fucks-given. THIS little elf is a wild animal; a free-spirited desert baby. Self-stylized. www.richiebanks.com
This shoot was something else because believe it or not, it started out as a headshot session. Lisa Whitmore, my talented photographer friend, asked me if I would model for her so she could practice getting the hang of shooting headshots; her usual photography specialty is shooting people underwater so headshots are new territory for her.
About 30 minutes into shooting headshots, she wanted to throw in a fan to blow my hair about (not typical for headshots, but I was down to try it out).
And then she threw a green gel over the light...
And then a hair light...
And then she asked me, "Wanna throw on a nude latex body suit?"
And THESE shots are the fruits of our "headshot" session.
We're already planning our next latex-clad collaboration so keep your eyes peeled. ;) www.lisawhitmorephoto.com
As a product of this shoot, the photographer and I wanted to capture the essence of "urban baby doll"... and I must say, I think we did a pretty damn good job.
These photos were taken by Sonny V of Studio V11.
"I am one of god's mistakes" is a top from Sonny's clothing line, "Loaded". I loved shooting with Sonny in his incredible DTLA studio, overlooking the entire City of Angels. He has an incredible, confidence-boosting, calming presence and was also an honest BLAST to shoot with; so edgy, inspired, and motivated. Self-stylized.