BTS with Lindsey Stirling at The Ragdoll Pink Palace

It was late when I got the message from my good friend and editor Jasmine over at Grumpy Magazine that she wanted to try and squeeze in one last talent shoot before the Winter edition released. Before I could even answer (which would have been a yes either way), she told me it was Lindsey Stirling and I seriously couldn’t reply back fast enough. My brain instantly started planning out our shoot.

I had about a week to get everything prepared for this shoot and the biggest challenge per usual was finding an amazing location to shoot at. The concept I wanted for Lindsey was a vintage circus wonderland inspired shoot hahahaha no problem right?!

 The actual moodboard Jasmine created and sent to the team based off my visions for the shoot

The actual moodboard Jasmine created and sent to the team based off my visions for the shoot

I got to work right away looking for locations and upon my search meet Winie the ringleader of the LA Circus; one of the biggest prop houses for circus themed films in the country. She greeted me with baby pink curlers in hair as she filled dishes of candy and tea for our meeting. We sat and chatted about her space and the history of her prop house before she showed me around the 4 acres of circus history

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I had chills walking through this glorious place while I envisioned all the places I would pose Lindsey. At the end of our nearly 3 hour long meeting, Winie gave me the unbelievable offer to use her space for the shoot and I could not wait to report back to the team about this amazing location I had secured.

Unfortunately, it was a tad too far for the team to travel and so we were back to square one, with only 72 hours to spare. We secured a small studio in downtown Los Angeles just as a backup and it was looking like that was going to be the final shooting location.

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I messaged Jasmine 24 hrs prior to the shoot, panicked and told her how uninspired I was by the location. I went from securing us the whole circus just to end up at the “lightbulb wall” room and I just really couldn’t hide my disappointment and I was struggling to find the magic in this new location.

A few hours later, Jasmine messages me to let me know she was able to secure The Ragdoll Pink Palace for our shoot. The relief was instant and the creativity starting trickling back.

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When I arrived at 9:30 the next morning, Lindsey’s glam team David Gardner (@davidgardnerla) and Michelle Miller (@missmeeeshie) were already transforming Lindsey from sweet to circus fabulous.

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While Lindsey was in makeup, wardrobe stylist Brittny Moore (@brittnymoore) and I pow wowed which outfits we liked the most and I went room to room to see where I wanted to photograph them.

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We were behind schedule when we finally got to shooting but luckily the owner of the location gave us an extra hour and a half to work and so all in all we were able to get 5 looks done in the time that we had together.

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This is by far my favorite editorial to have worked on all year. Lindsey was an absolute pro to work with and was so fun and sweet to boot. Make sure to grab the 2018 Winter edition of Grumpy Magazine with our cover girl Lindsey Stirling when its released later this month!

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BTS with Meg Donnelly for Grumpy Magazine

Some photoshoots you are given the luxury of spending several hours with a talent, while others you have just a brief moment to connect and get the images you want. I had an hour to work with Meg and I have learned in this industry to work fast. We were able to do four looks in the time that we had together.

She is truly an amazing talent and was so wonderful to work with. Here is some fun behind the scenes images from our shoot to tide you over until the series is released next month for Grumpy Magazine!


GETTING READY:

MAKEUP ARTIST :Anton Khachaturian @antonmakeup

Hair Stylist: Suzy Balderas @slayed.bysuzy

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THE WARDROBE

STYLING BY: Lo VonRumpf @stylevr

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THE STUDIO

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Extras

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Behind the Scenes with Madison Iseman for Saturne Magazine

It takes a village to make any great project come together and luckily I have the best tribe around. Planning this shoot with actress Madison Iseman was so fun and I just knew it was going to be a killer day when it all came together.

I met Madison and her glam team at 10:30 am on Tuesday Sept 18th along with my wonderful stylist Shaina Feldman. Everyone got settled in for the two hours we had reserved and I was determined in getting 6 looks done in that time frame.

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As usual, Shaina knocked it out of the park with her brilliant and unique looks which was so different to the space but somehow worked wonderfully. Madison and I were beyond excited to play around with the variety of vintage Versace, sequin shorts and faux furs.

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The studio had so many awesome little sections to work with and I decided to start on the left side and work my way around to the windows ( praying the sunlight would shift by the time I got there because Holy Bright Light Batman!)

The first section was new to the studio and I was excited to break it in. We got Madison dolled up in this fabulous dress that looked like it was made for her! Just look at this angel!

Look 1: Angel Wing

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Look 2: Breakfast Club

The second look was so fun and the blue just complimented Madison so so well!

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Look Three: Sully

This faux fur jacket had everyone in heart eyes and it was tenderly dubbed as ‘Sully’.

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Outfit 4: Daisy

This outfit was so cute and was giving me all those retro vibes in this space!

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Look 5: Crosley and Versace

This was my personal favorite look of the day and it probably reflects in how many images I have from this portion of the photo shoot haha

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Look 6: Canary

And our final look for the day <3 Madison look absolutely amazing in everything and was so easy to work with.

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Im so proud of this series and cannot wait for you all to see the full gallery and publication when its released later this month.

Malibu Adventures with Emily Skinner

6 AM Monday morning; the California interstates are jam packed already and my glam team and I are in the thick of it. Why, you ask? Well, because we are on our way to spend the day with Disney star Emily Skinner and her beautiful momma Jennifer for an exclusive  one on one photo shoot for Saturne Magazine. 

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We all started our day off early in anticipation of the long morning commute to beautiful Malibu California. My glam team got to the park right on time to greet Emily (thank god) because my gps hijacked the route and put me on the complete opposite side of the park--apparently my GPS thinks I'm adventurous...Im not. Luckily my glam team is amazing and got to work on transforming Emily for our day of creating. 

When I finally arrived 45 minutes later (insert crying emoji here), my make up artist Hali McGowan and hairstylist Suzy Balderas were finishing up final touches on Emily and soon after, my stylist Nery Rodriguez arrived and started laying out all our clothing options! 

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Hali McGowan

 The mobile make up artist haha

The mobile make up artist haha

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Hali McGowan

 Suzy Balderas in action

Suzy Balderas in action

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Suzy Balderas 

Unfortunately there was a mix up with film permits and we were asked to leave the park and find a new location. CRINGE! It was beyond embarrassing and I almost didnt include this in the blog because of how embarrassing the moment was, but life is real and moments like this happen--not often thankfully, but they do and you have to overcome them. Luckily, I knew of a location about 20 minutes away so we all drove one by one to the new park. I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and l honestly think we got better images at the new location than we ever would have got at the original location. Happy accidents yall, happy little miracles.

When we got  to the new park and Emily did her fitting and choose five outfits to shoot in. Everyone grabbed various bags and props and we all started the mile and half trek though the Malibu canyon. 

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 Emily's beautiful Mom Jennifer Skinner looking as graceful as ever

Emily's beautiful Mom Jennifer Skinner looking as graceful as ever

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Everyone helped carry the load, and yup even little Emily back there did her part haha!!

We finished shooting right around 4:30 pm..(talk about a long day, am I right!?) but I honestly, I could have kept going because this park just had endless amounts of beauty and historical charm.

 I am so excited to share this exclusive photo series with you all when it is released later this month in Saturne Magazine. In the meantime here are some outtakes and BTS to tide you over! 


Outfit 1 - Designer: Mustard Velvet Dress: Dumebi @atelier_dumebi                                                                              White Undershirt: Hottie + Lord @hottieandlord

Provided by @mannfolkpr

 

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Sometimes you have to do a fitting in the car/parking lot. Thankful for my team of pros who can work under any condition. Stylist: Nery Rodriguez 

 Cheesin' in Outfit 1

Cheesin' in Outfit 1

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Outfit 2  

Wardrobe Provided by: Latiste Clothing @latiseteclothing

 

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 Stylist Nery Rodriguez in action for Outfit 2

Stylist Nery Rodriguez in action for Outfit 2

 The hair wizard Suzy Balderas

The hair wizard Suzy Balderas

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Cant with her! 


Outfit 3

Wardrobe Provided by: Latiste Clothing @latiseteclothing

 Hali McGowan doing her thing to make Emily shine in Outfit 3

Hali McGowan doing her thing to make Emily shine in Outfit 3

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Outfit 4 

Wardrobe Provided by: Latiste Clothing @latiseteclothing

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Outfit 5 

Designer: Red Velvet Skirt: Dumebi @atelier_dumebi                                                                              Provided by @mannfolkpr

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 Man, my hair hahaaa..it was a looong day. Dont judge&nbsp;   

Man, my hair hahaaa..it was a looong day. Dont judge 

 

Huge shout out to all five of these fabulous women for spending a full day hiking, laughing, swapping life stories, and creating art together. Make sure to follow them all at

 

 

Talent- Emily Skinner @emilyskinner__

Hair- Suzy Balderas @slayedbysuzy

Make up- Hali McGowan @halimcgowan.mua www.halimcgowanbeauty.wixsite.com/mysite

Stylist- Nery Rodriguez @campyvamp www.stylriot.com

Wardrobe provided by @mannfolkpr

Drew and Alyssa: The Hills are Filled with Love and Honey

The weather was a perfect shade of overcast as the bride and groom got ready in their separate hotel rooms. I had the pleasure of hanging out with the grooms and his many, many, many groomsmen and family members in the Hotel Angeleno as they prepared for the big day. 

When the guys were done getting glam, we all left caravan style to the Mountain Gate Country Club where the wedding was being held later that day. The Bride and Groom had decided on doing a first look which is such a gift to us photographers and this one was extra special because all their friends, family and loved ones where there to witness the moment.

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After the first look, the whole crew went to get portraits done and when I say portraits, we DID portraits and A LOT of them! This family was big and so loved that the Bride and Groom wanted to make sure that everyone was included in the photos! 

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After our 2 hour portrait session, everyone went off for a much needed cocktail hour while I went off to photograph all the beautiful details before the wedding started. 

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The ceremony started right as the sun hit the canyon and draped the hills in honey golden light, illuminating the couple as they made their way down the aisle and toward their new lives together. 

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