#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?

THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY

In the frigid fall air in rural Oregon a pair of hikers wandered into an abandoned family farm. Hidden among the overgrown weeds and the remains of the family’s tattered belongings the hikers discovered 4 small children living as ghosts. The children, without proper care from an adult developed a survivalist lifestyle, becoming accustomed to the harsh weather and using the piles of broken materials and tools as play toys in their dangerous games.

The hikers were struck by the children right away and immediately started taking photos. The children seemed almost used to their presence, and led the awestruck documentarians  around their home.

 

This was one of my favorite shoots I did this year! I love shooting with my nieces and nephew. They are such great models and always down for whatever crazy idea I want them to try. The love scary stuff and The Walking Dead is one of their favorite shows. For this shoots, I wanted something like The Walking Dead meets Kid Nation, that ill conceived Fox reality show following the lives of 20 children abandoned in the middle of no where and forced to compete to survive.  The final product just screaaaaamed ‘Addams Family’, don’t you think?

XO,

J

Straight Outta Oakland, Pt II

Hello, hello!  Today I’m sharing Part II of the Straight Outta Oakland shoot inspired by the movie Straight Outta Compton. For this shoot, I wanted to expand on the concept from our first shoot, but in kind of a funkier way. Angela actually found this spot while hiking in the Oakland Hills (I never give up secret spots like this, sorry) and knew right away it was going to be the location for our next shoot. We had hella fun playing with those spray paints 😉

Shout out to my go to model Angela (@_persuasioon) Shes such a dream to work work with – i’m always amazed at what we come up with. Stay tuned for much much more!

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Leader of Cool Moons Light Up Lookbook

Just saying a quick hello today, and sharing some shots from a lookbook shoot I did a while back. Leader of Cool Moons is a west coast based lifestyle brand, specializing in handcrafted, recycled, unisex clothing. Theres really not anything else out there like this brand and I love that they’re working to make Fashion a more sustainable art form.

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This handsome boy is Blue. He was rescued a few years ago from a Bay Area dog fighting ring. Dogs that come from situations like that require a lot of patience, love and guidance. For a while, Blue struggled to adjust to normal life, but with the right amount of attention, socialization and a healthy regimen he’s looking healthier and happier then ever.

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XO,

J.