After a few failed attempts, I was finally able to connect with Adjani for a really fun shoot. We took these photos at a location I’ve been to a million times. It’s a low key golf course and arcade thats crawling with kids all summer. The place was packed when we shot, which I love Adjani even more for. There are tons of mirrors and neon lights and I knew I wanted her to have a bold but simple look.
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?
It probably has something to do with how long I spent in college, but for me, the weekend starts on Thursday night. Even if I don’t go out, by Friday I’m already checked out and focused on what I’m doing over the weekend. This is probably because the weekend is my biggest chunk of time to work on my personal projects, and workin’ on mah prooooojects is always at the forefront of my mind.
Not only that, working 3 jobs my weekdays fly, and I do mean FLY, by. It seems like I wake up on Monday, blink and it’s Thursday and I’ve gotten nothing done. This feeling has been really pervasive lately and I’ve been struggling to feel like I’ve got my head above water with everything I want to do. I’ve been distracted and really irritable, especially in situations where I feel like my time isn’t being used as productively as it should be. I shot this series after a particularly long and uninspiring day.
My sister recently moved home, and one of the best things about having her here is that I have my personal photographer back! I’ve realized that what makes me feel the best is being productive. So as soon as i got home I grabbed my sister and made her come shoot with me. We only shot for like 45 minutes, which is actually a bit long for a typical OOTD shoot, but just those 45 minutes of doing something completely for myself made a huge difference on my mood. I went from legit feeling like I needed a Xanax and a good cry to laughing hysterically during this shoot. It was a good lesson for me about learning to cope with the rollercoaster of emotions that come along with chasing dreams. Nothing is as valuable as a good time with good company. And it was a great reminder of why I do what I do; because it makes my life more enjoyable. With that said, try to take some time this weekend to do something that directly makes your life more enjoyable. It can be really hard to keep negative thoughts and self doubt at bay and keeping those emotions in check is a huge part of staying sane.
Since graduating, I’ve really been trying to take time out to do the things I enjoy. So when a good friend of mine suggested we take on Seattle for the weekend to celebrate our 10 year friendaversary, it felt like perfect timing.
Our stay at The Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Seattle was great! Our concierge was the sweetest and helped us with everything we needed and because the hotel is brand new it had tons of great amenities like an indoor pool and spa and a 24 hour gym, complete with disposable earphones. We booked our flight and hotel in one shot with Priceline.com. If you haven’t used them, I would highly recommend giving them a look. They let you name your own prices and tweak parts of your trip that don’t work for you, like a 5:00 am flight, for example.
4 Ways to Spend a Weekend in the Emerald City:
Grab a custom latte at Moore Coffee Seattle
Moore’s latte art was so adorable, out of 1,200 coffee houses, we went here 2 out of our 3 days in Seattle. They have tons of unique lattes like a mexican latte with chili powder and Ibarra chocolate, as well as the classic flavors like vanilla and mocha if you’re not feeling too adventurous. The decor is amazing, with tons of ornate gold decorations and a cool, neutral color scheme to balance the eclecticism of the café. The wonderland-esque bathroom was my favorite part, complete with a slanted ceiling and a fabulous red and gold chair fit for the Queen of Hearts herself.
Take the Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry
This was probably the chillest and low key coolest thing we did while visiting. The round trip ride is only $7 or $8 a person and has the clearest, most convenient view of the Seattle skyline. The ferry is huge so seating wasn’t a problem and they have a decent snack bar that even serves beer and wine. It’s a super relaxing ride that takes about an hour round trip and offers amazing views of Seattle, Bainbridge and Washington’s majestic snow capped mountains. Hands down, my favorite part of the ferry was the car deck (!!!!). Our ferry’s in the Bay are pretty small so the idea of being able to drive your car onto a ferry sorta blew my mind. What was even more mind blowing was how many cars they were able to fit on that thing. It seemed like close to 50! The mind reels.
Ring once and knock twice at Needle and Thread
Granted I had tossed a few custom made cocktails back, but Needle and Thread was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been, period. Seattle’s best kept secret is a small speakeasy located above an inconspicuous restaurant in the Capital Hill District. You sorta have to jump through hoops to get a reservation but it’s sooooo worth it. The entrance is through A VAULT DOOR that you can only open after you’ve given the ‘password’ over a rotary phone on the wall next to it. Once we made it up, we were ushered into an intimate lounge decorated with prohibition era antiques. Probably the best thing about Needle and Thread was the way you order drinks. Instead of ordering off a menu, your bartender asks you questions to get a feel for what you like to drink. I told him I prefer to drink Tequilla, like light fruity flavors, and like a little carbonation. How he came up with the drink he brought me I’ll never know but it was delicious, had Tejan in it and was garnished with a bell pepper. Reservations max out at 2 hours but that was plenty of time for dinner and two rounds of drinks. You won’t regret this one.
Take the Seattle/Tacoma Airport monorail
A taxi from the airport to downtown costs about $45.00, had we known that, we probably would have taken this when we arrived, especially because it stops like 10 times all over down town and suburban Seattle. And instead of paying $45.00 we paid less than $5.00 a person. On top of everything else, the views on the way to the airport are pretty pristine. We got to see parts of the forests the Pacific Northwest is so famous for, and it even took us by the stadiums which we didn’t get a chance to see before we left. The ride is about 45 minutes, so you may want to give yourself an extra 15 or 20 minutes if you’ll be going this route.