#MODELMONDAZE: PLAYING IN THE SAND

Sooooo, I’m still tweaking my sites and content because I want to showcase a lot of my work in addition to my personal style. I see my work as being an even clearer depiction of my personal style. So to do that, and to push myself to work even more, I’m going to be revamping my content. The first revamp is a feature that for now I’m calling ‘Model Mondaze’. Model Mondaze will feature creative photo sets I’ve shot with different models. Mondaze are hard for me to get motivated and I know I’m not alone. So to help me, and maybe help some of you too, we’ll be starting off the week with some creative inspiration!

This beauty is Angela, and you have probably seen her on my site and social media accounts. She’s one of the first girls who really fucked with me creatively and she’s one of my favorites to shoot with. We make magic. The beauty of photography is that the pictures hold different meanings for every person that views them. Watching Angela grow and become more comfortable with each shoot is a beautiful thing. The first couple series we shot alluded more to the rougher side of femininity because that’s what I identify with most strongly. For our third collaboration, I wanted to do something softer and sexier.

My favorite thing about this shoot is that before we even started, Angela was having serious doubts about her ability to be sexy. WHAT?!  This presented a really amazing opportunity for me: to bring her sexy out. There is a huge part of photography that can’t really be learned traditionally, and that is the interpersonal aspect. People need to trust their photographer, they need to be comfortable and be confident that you’re not going to make them look crazy or unappealing. For women, this is even more crucial. Honestly, Angela’s reluctance made me even more confident in my ability to direct her. The moral to this story: Never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone because amazing things happen there! and Jessica always gets what she wants 😉

p.s. these are the sexiest pics I’ve taken, so I’d say she pulled it off just fiiiiiiiiiiine, don’t you think?

ADVENTURES IN CANDYLAND

A few months ago, I stumbled upon the work of a guy named Matt Crump. Matt has developed a unique photography style he calls ‘Candy Minimal’ which he showcases in his Instagram gallery as well as an account created exclusively for sharing amazing #CandyMinimal features from all over the world.

The basis behind Matt’s eye catching style is simple: Minimalistic shots with vibrant candy colors. I have become obsessed with his style. Candy Minimalism was at the forefront of my creative mind on a recent trip I took to, perhaps as close as we will ever get to experiencing a real, live, candy colored world: Disneyland.

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Disneyland lends itself well to the candy part of candy minimalism. It’s the minimalism part that requires a bit more work. BUT, its well worth it. I love Disneyland, don’t ever get me wrong about that. But all the things that make Disneyland a photographers dream: emotion, fun, youth, families, breathtaking scenery, once in a lifetime moments at every turn – can also make it difficult to create truly stunning images within the park. There is always a straggler (or 10 or 20) in the background; a pesky wire running a tangent through your photo, an absent minded stranger wandering aimlessly through your background. It can be excruciating. Focusing on #CandyMinimalism helped me to circumvent these common obstacles. Especially since, for me, photographing in Disneyland can sometimes be exhausting. There is literally too much to look at. I feel pulled in 50 million directions, creatively, when I try to shoot there. Should I be capturing candid moments street style? or documenting the amazingly detailed decor? or capturing my own memories via video? Just trying to figure it out can take a lot of the fun out of it. Finding focus often allows us to find clarity, both proverbially and literally.

Consider this next time you are feeling overwhelmed in any situation. What are you really wanting to say or show, or do? Defining this, in simplest terms, can help you to refocus on tasks that align more centrally with your core objectives and get you closer to your end goal.

Stay Inspired,

Jess

Disneyland Days

I love going to Disneyland. It’s like going someplace brand new and very familiar at the same time. The atmosphere is celebratory and youthful and makes you feel like anything is possible. I always feel compelled to shoot while I’m there because everything around me is so visually stunning. I’ve yet to really capture the essence of Disneyland in my photos, but I just use that as an excuse to keep going back. One thing I always love about Disneyland is how swaggy everybody is! Aside from the fanny packs, sunhats and ridiculous sandals, most people come with some of their best outfits ready show off their Disney spirit. Of course, the best pieces usually don’t come from the park. Hot Topic has a sick collection of Disney inspired pieces and some of my favorite things I saw were from there as well. One of my main focuses this trip was to photograph Disneyland Street Style in the style of classic street photography.

I failed miserably at capturing the essence of the photographic style, but I do know how to spot great style when I see it, so the photos aren’t amazing, but the subjects are sporting some seriously cool shit.

Theres just too much to appreciate at Disneyland! Disney is really good about finding actors who are truly committed to their roles. When you meet Kylo Ren at Disneyland, it’s not like meeting a character, it’s not even like meeting Adam Driver. It’s like stepping on to Star Killer Base and meeting Kylo Ren. It really adds a lot to the Disney experience.

Unfortunately, I have to wait till summer to come back. But my family will be coming, including two of my nieces and my nephew so I know it will be even crazier and more fun than this trip! What are some of your favorite attractions at Disneyland and California Adventures? And who is your dream Disney Bound? I’m trying to think of a really good group Disneybound that can include myself, my mom, sister, two nieces (15 &11) and my nephew (9), and would love to hear some of your ideas!

XO,

Jess