I have been blessed to have some beautiful and talented friends in this small town where I now call home. It’s even cooler when they want me to photograph them. A few Sundays ago, the subject of my shoot was my dear friend, Jessica Roselius of itsallhiphop. Check her out on SoundCloud here. Her voice is magical, she writes her own music, and she is quite a talented actress. I got the pleasure of meeting her in an acting class at the beginning of the year. Sadly, she is moving down to LA, but her humor and talent will take her far there. Can’t wait to visit!
First look: Simple makeup and an American Apparel Bodysuit were an easy blank canvas to start. We decided to do some back shots, showing off beautiful curls, and her tattoo, a cancer symbol with the initial D in the center as a remembrance to her mother. We moved around to take some close ups and played with angles for a bit. In the last shot, you can really see Jess’s eyes and the different colors that they are. One of them is blue and the other hazel. I have never witnessed this so prominantly before and it is absolutely incredible.
Second look: To switch up the feel from innocent to sultry, Jess added a darker cat eye and used red lipstick by MakeUp Forever to accentuate her lips. This was perfect for some serious shots and even a few playful ones. Check out those cool rosary beads she got at a swap meet and now wears as a necklace.
Third look: We decided to shoot in my vintage purple chair with a cigarette for that badass bitch look. Into the equation came my antique knife from the Korean War to add even more edge. When you add a knife, things are bound to get interesting.
Fourth look: For these shots we used some dried roses that I had sprayed with black paint. We ripped the flowers off of the stems and showered Jess with the petals to add pops of red in the pictures as well as on her body after they stuck. The empty stems were a haunting contrast to the fragile lace and soft curls in her hair.
The junk haus has finally started to put together photoshoots in different locations using our clothes and antiques. This is one of the recent ones we did. Right before Halloween, my friend, Gabrielle Rivera, and I decided to spend one afternoon getting lost in a corn maze. What happened in that sunny afternoon turned into some beautiful pictures and a short movie that will be posted soon. We used two vintage negligees that I had in my closet and some other fun accessories. If you are interested in purchasing either of these white nightgowns, shoot me a message in a comment or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. They are not on the shop yet, but others like this pink one are. We also used this beautiful pair of deer antlers to add a sense of wildness to some shots. They are available here. Check out the raw shots from the day below. I picked a few of my favorite quotes out to go with them. That day we were just two girls: young, wild and free. No one could try to control the fire in our souls. Inspiration was burning, and the camera just followed.
“Children of the Corn”
“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” ~ Isadora Duncan
“Chaos, leave me never. Keep me wild and keep me free so that my brokenness will be, the only beauty the world will see.” ~ RM Drake
“We all carry these things inside that no one else can see. They hold us down like anchors. They drown us out at sea.” ~ Bring Me the Horizon
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“She is just some wild thing. Let her laugh, live, love, and roam free on her own terms, and she is sure to come back to you.”
“She was never crazy, she just didn’t let her heart settle in a cage. She was born wild… and sometimes we need people like her. For it’s the horrors in her heart which cause the flames in ours. And she was always willing to burn for everything she has ever loves.” RM Drake
“She’s a mess of gorgeous chaos. You can see it in her eyes.”
“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of freewater. She belonged to no man and to no city” ~ Roman Payne
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ~ Charles Bukowski
“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.” ~ F Scott Fitzgerald, Beautiful and Damned
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of shooting Emily in a pair of custom Converse that our sister Etsy shop creates. Photographing children is never an easy feat. They usually are very nervous in front of the camera, shying away with stage fright. That or they are too antsy to even capture the moment. Emily was neither of these things. Her youthful exuberance, radiated throughout every picture and her ease in front of the camera made for comfortable and cool pictures. These custom shoes were the target of the photographs. Each pair is custom made in my studio and sold through our sister Etsy account, the play haus. Colors are chosen based on works of art, the shoes are painted, and then they are sealed with a canvas weatherproofing spray. The paint lasts a lifetime even if the shoes are thrown in the washer. Check them out, and if you want to order a pair, please contact me at email@example.com. Emily’s jacket was custom made by her mother, Jessie. Thank you so much David and Jessie Sokol for this experience. It would make sense that Emily’s spirit is free and comfortable coming from the two artistic, intellectual people that you are. Your daughter is a ray of sunshine!
Converse Shoes: Custom painted by the play haus
Denim Jacket: Custom made by her Mother, Jessie.
Location: The Mission of San Luis Obispo
Running right into Daddy’s arms.
The junk haus is doing some interesting things lately. I have been working for a start up fashion app called Haberdashion. If you have an iPhone, check it out. If not, you are going to have to wait until November for it to come out on Android. The app is a mix of Pinterest, Instagram, and Pandora with a built in brain that literally tailors its feed according to your taste. It pulls from your many social media profiles, because we know you have them, and then shows you what you would want to be looking at. As you scroll through the feed, you can save images and products to different boards or you can swipe left, a la Tindr, and never see that item again. The app links to the website to purchase any item that truly calls your name. So I would have to recommend you download this app and start shopping. If you don’t have space on your phone, at least check out the blog. It is full of interesting content and pretty pictures from photoshoots that I have been putting together. A few weeks ago Haberdashion asked me to create some editorial content to draw people to the blog. With a plethora of clothing and a mind full of ideas, I thought it would be the perfect partnership. Here is a photoshoot I did a couple weeks ago.
This shoot was all about two girls who made a picnic and hiked up to the top of a hill to set up camp, but when they got to the top they were so inspired by the beauty they saw that they left their bags under a tree to go frolic. In today’s world, we never fall so deeply in love with where we are that we forget about our lives and fully live in the moment. I wanted this shoot to show two girls blissfully enjoying their time together in this free space, not tied down by the ding of a phone or the pressure of a schedule, but living with the full enjoyment of the moment. Carli and Melissa did a great job being those girls.
“Time for a Picnic”
Hair: Brittani Roltgen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Makeup: Livi Ramirez (email@example.com)
Photography: Alexandria Carter
Photo Editing: Brittani Roltgen
Clothes and Accessories:
Second Look: Melissa, Skirt: Charlotte Russe, Top: Urban Outfitters. Carli, Skirt: Top: Vintage.
Most little girls dream of their wedding day. They make plans of getting all dolled up and walking down the aisle to their Prince Charming. They fantasize about their wedding dress, which they will wear only one day of their life. I however was not one of those girls. There were no thoughts of marriage and kids in my mind ever. I never wanted to walk down an aisle, and I never wanted to spend a ton of money on a dress. To this day, the thought of marriage makes me a little uneasy. But the other day while I was out thrifting, I saw this beauty. This very Victorian, Marie Antoinette, beautiful silk off the shoulder gown called to me from the rack of discarded wedding dresses. I looked at the tag to see “Priscilla of Boston” which I knew from working one of their fashion shows in New York years ago, that this dress was worth a pretty penny. Better yet was the fact that it was in flawless condition. I didn’t care that it would probably be too small for me. I would make every effort to contort my ribcage until the zipper was fully up. The gem went home with me, and an hour later, I found that even if I removed some ribs, and lost 20 pounds, I would never be small enough to wear this dress. So now it is available on the shop here. If you are getting married and are a size 0-2, this piece is a one of a kind gem, made even more special by the fact that Priscilla of Boston closed their doors in 2011. No more custom silk dresses from them. This might be the last chance you have to own one of their pieces.
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