A couple weeks ago I did an interview and collaboration with my dear friend and fellow photographer Sarah Katherine Davis for her wedding blog in which I went over my advice for what to wear when having your photo taken. We had an excellent time running around the city shooting at some of our favorite Louisville spots while discussing the fashion and wedding photography industries. Do check it out.
This shoot I did for IRK MAGAZINE was mainly inspired by early surrealist and fashion photographers, namely Man Ray and Horst P. Horst. I also drew inspiration from classic tattoos and even 80's illustrations. I really wanted to explore the iconography of romance, vanity, and sexuality by mixing the past and present. Using clever camera and backdrop tricks we managed to do nearly everything in camera and with natural light. It's something I'm proud of and always strive for with my work; I just think everything looks better practically.
MUA + HAIR Heather French, MODEL Chelsea Naparstek
I met Kenley after attending a friends improv show at Second City in Chicago a while back. She's also a part of the comedy improv group Thicc & Emotional, and a stand up and writer in her own right. When she asked me to take her portrait I jumped at the opportunity. I love shooting creative people from all walks of life, especially ones that do things I find very hard, like writing and getting on stage. Before we shot, she expressed a desire for her queerness to show through in the photos, as a femme lesbian sometimes visibility is an issue since you don't have the "usual" lesbian markers associated with more masculine presenting women. How to go about this was a unique challenge I welcomed, and I ultimately settled on borrowing from an age old advertising troupe; disembodied women's hands symbolizing sex appeal, only this time it's women only. Said hands are yours truly.