#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?

Straight Outta Oakland

BWA_Angela0815_028Raise your hand if you saw ‘Straight Outta Compton’ when it came out a few weeks ago? I can’t be the only one who found it to be a HUGE source of creative inspiration, can I? Literally, everything – the music, the attitude, the fashion, the struggle, the message, it relevancy today (HELLOO)….the over kill of black clothing and raiders gear…. it really spoke to me.

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Lucky for me, one of my many muses, @_persuasioon was up to the task of embodying my B.W.A. a tough, fun, modern twist on what it means to be female in the 21st century. Our grandma’s days of passivity are long gone. We’re out here making moves and getting money in higher numbers than ever before despite the overwhelming effort of mass media to keep us boxed in. Keep being you ladies (and gentleman)! Whatever that is, and whatever you do, don’t let anyone stop you.