Julie - 2019.

I first was introduced to Julie a year ago. A friend of mine let me know that she had some friends coming into town for the Days of the Dead horror convention that wanted some new photos taken. After some brief Facebook conversations back and forth we decided to shoot some basic headshots during the convention.

However, it just wasn’t meant to be. A wave of food poisoning hit at the least opportune time, so we decided to push things back. When the convention came to town this year we decided that we would revisit the offer.

We only had about 30 minutes of working time before it was time for the VIP party, but I am still very happy with how things turned out.

This was also the first time I used the portable V-Flat system from V-Flat World. I have to say I am very happy with how portable the whole system is, and can’t wait to learn how to use it better.

Nina La Voix - 2018.

Nina La Voix is a burlesque performer and producer based out of Brooklyn, New York.  Her performance style is hard-hitting yet strikingly sensual. With a heavy classic and street dance background, Nina's style often blends the classic structures of burlesque with modern/neo twists. She has graced international stages including Paris and Amsterdam.  

I got to work with Nina almost by accident, and I certainly wasn't aware of her celebrity status. While on business in NYC, I reached out to a few different models, and Nina was the one that responded the most positively. It's not every day that a stranger reaches out and invites you to his hotel room for a photoshoot. Nina was completely cool with working through some ideas and we both were super excited with the results. 

Nina is a completely awesome individual, and you should not miss tracking her down if you are in the big city. 

The Below Images are NSFW

See the rest of this set and so much more by becoming a subscriber to Nina's Patreon and check out her website for the latest calendar of where you can see her perform in person.

Seven Black and White Polaroids (and a few Color too)

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have seen some variant of the "Challenge your friends to post 7 Black and White photos" post floating around. 

Usually, I take it upon myself to do one of these independently, but this year I was tagged by two friends to complete a week of Black and White photos. This year, however, I had a box of the new Polaroid Originals B&W film for my SX-70 to play with.

This post is a collection of the photos I posted throughout the week of November 12-November 18, 2017.

Along with the B&W film, I also had a pack of the color option as well. I find the color SX-70 film to be much harder to work with (but this current formulation seems to render color a little better than it did in the past). 

Straight Edge Tattoo - Portfolio Day.

At the end of July, while I was shooting a corset piercing for Nic of Straight Edge Tattoo in Woodstock GA, I asked if the shop wanted to run some sort of event where I came in and shot some of the work from all of the talented artists from the shop. 

It didn't take much time at all for it to be decided that that would be a great idea. Having shot at the shop a few times now, it was just a matter of getting time scheduled to come by. Below are some of the pieces of work I was able to document. 

Tattoos by Nic

Piercings/Dermals by Nic

Tattoos by Luke

I also used this time, to test out a new little toy that has ended up in my hands. I've always said, "I'd probably never buy a point and shoot camera, but I'd use the hell out of it if I had one". And it just so happened that I won a giveaway for a Sony RX100 M2. For a small little 1" sensor camera, I was actually pretty impressed with what it was able to produce. Below is a gallery as the photos don't exactly follow any particular theme.

So as always thanks again to Nic, Brandie, Luke, Matt, Nathan, and David for having me out. And another big thanks to everyone who took time out of their day to drop by for either some new work, or for me to point a camera at a part of your body. 

Straight Edge Tattoo - Corset Piercing

So this entry is going to be a little different than my usual posts. I wanted to try something a little different in how I present things as well. Instead of a few select photos and a lot of text, I am going to have my favorite photos from the night in a gallery slide show below. 

I was invited by Brandie and Nic of Straight Edge Tattoo to document a corset piercing being performed by Nic for his portfolio. I didn't want to treat this as a typical portrait session (because it wasn't), so instead I chose to make myself a fly on the wall and try to capture the beauty, emotions, and even the pain of this pursuit of beauty. 

For those who may not be familiar with the process a few considerations:
Yes, these are real piercings. They were performed in sequence throughout the course of the evening. After our final laced photos were taken, they were removed. These piercings are not made to be permanent, only temporary.

This type of activity should only be performed by a professional in a clean and sterilized environment using only new and sterilized equipment. Proper safety precautions should be taken at all times. 

For more information, or to have a piercing like this performed yourself please contact your local tattoo/piercing shop for more information. (If you happen to be in the Atlanta area, make sure to drop by and see everyone at Straight Edge Tattoo)

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