Alysa

Alysa rocks.  I did about three shoots with her, and she didn’t have the need to be “pretty” even though she is obviously quite gorgeous.  Modeling was her way of contributing to the arts, and I’m so glad I had the chance to work with her.  She wasn’t afraid of going dark and gritty.  Fiercely intelligent, and I sometimes find myself going through her shoots and finding an image I hadn’t noticed before…

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Dominance, Submission, Shiny

How do you know you have a cool mom?  The following conversation:

“Elizabeth, where did that slippery spot on the living room floor come from?”

“Um…I had a dominatrix standing on your fireplace and the slippery spot must be from the stuff that makes her catsuit shiny.  Oops.”

“Oh, ok, make sure you clean it up.”

“Yes Mom…”

I’ve shot many a person in the shiny gear, sometimes people in the lifestyle, sometimes people just exploring with the way it feels on camera.  Throw in my tendency to think of something ridiculous on the spot, and here’s a range….

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What You Don’t See

I enjoy chatting while I shoot, and learning about different experiences.  People often think models are dumb, and pretty is all there is to them, but I’ve worked with an amazing group of people from all different walks of life, and am happy to report that they’ve been intelligent and awesome on many levels.  For example:

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Former NICU and prenatal nurse, current VP
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Film maker and Actress
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Opera Singer and Clothing Designer
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Owner and Founder of Clockwork Couture
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Software Engineer

Corsets!

I loves me some corsets.  I don’t loves me wearing them for too long…I do love shooting them though.  Makes for beautiful lines, and not to mention, posture.  I’ve been fascinated with them since I was a kid.  I remember seeing Meet Me in St. Louis on Broadway, and getting to go to the dressing room of one of the actresses.  She was absolutely wonderful to me…I remember the dress she had to wear on stage…that thing weighed a ton!  The corset she wore underneath was authentic to the time period of the play.  Later in life after trying my first, I was thoroughly impressed that she could sing in that thing!  Anyway, corsets do tend to pop up in my shoots pretty often, and I notice the models attitude shift into a slightly more badass mode ;).  Don’t worry, never had a model pass out on me.

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Natural Light

Sometimes I like to ditch my big power flash and just use natural light.  This one was shot with film and window light.  Kinda funny, with the blue wig and the dress, this was supposed to be more of a glamour shoot, but when I saw the way her coloring looked by this window, I scrapped that idea.  Sometimes it’s the last minute decisions…

Oh, and I really miss having blue hair!  Maybe Heather will let me borrow her wig…

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