Michael Costello Launch Party

A while back i attended Michael Costello's launch party for his fall collection and had the pleasure of meeting him as well as a few other amazing people from different walks of life. The night was a blast considering that i'm a hermit that lives under a rock most of the time. I'm finally getting around to archiving things so here it is!

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obviously these images are simply breathtaking. The fabric was beautiful in person.

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My beautiful friend and stylist Braxton Holme who so kindly took me to this event. Clearly he knows something about style and posing.

My favorite dress propped up near the windowsill. Silver and Gold beaded applique.

At the end of the night, Braxton had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Costello about his work.

Sugar Pepper Jones: The Room Hollywood, CA. "Put On The Red Light"

I recently had the pleasure of shooting with Sugar Pepper Jones, we were very short on time and on top of this we shot at The Room in Hollywood, Ca which is very dimly lit; definitely a challenge, but i absolutely adore the look and feel of the shots we were able to get. Stay tuned for more projects with this beauty!

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Such a talent to work with and a natural in front of the camera even when she was coming off of a nasty cold.

This last shot was my favorite of the day ( I shouldn't say day, it was really 30 minutes!)

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Like An American

This was a shoot with one of my client's daughters that came in to see me for makeup. I told her daughter that she should model and well, she let me take some pictures of her. I think i had way too much fun.

The whole shoot I had "American" by Lana Del Rey stuck in my head. I wonder why.

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Bailey is one of the sweetest individuals I've ever had the pleasure of working with, I still can't believe how young she is. More shoots to come so stay tuned!

Smoke & Mirrors

We all have days where things are not going to go as planned, but sometimes you have to take a step back and look at the big picture and take those days with a grain of salt and a lesson rather than just a bad day.

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The other day I went on an impromptu photo adventure with some friends and well, on the way there, it started raining. We drove pretty far away to a beautiful location (I shoot here on occasion and you will see that most of my images are taken here.) and luckily it wasn't raining too hard, but it was extremely muggy and hot AND overcast. We finally found a location we liked and I have been wanting to play more with color and smoke, yes...don't do this...I am almost positive it is illegal to use these in a park but.....that hasn't stopped me before. Well, we happened to move locations in the same area a couple of times due to some guy following us...we weren't sure if he was generally interested, being creepy, or an undercover park ranger (pretty sure that doesn't exist). Either way it totally ruined and killed the mood so we decided to leave before it got worse, thank God that we did though. Some times it's better to play it safe instead of to put you or your model in a bad situation. 

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After leaving, we ended up finding another place to shoot.

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As photographers we can sometimes put these grand elaborate ideas for shoots into our heads which can then lead to us getting our hopes up. In the end it is sometimes best to take a step back and allow the day to unfold as it is and as it will and learn that some things are out of your control.

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It's a smoke and mirrors game instead of our heads and letting it go can help us see what is right in front of us instead of the "what ifs"

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