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Otakon 2013 | Cosplay Photography with Grace Valentine and Katie Avalanche

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Hello everyone!! Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending Otakon with two of my loveliest friends, Grace Valentine and Katie Avalanche. You may remember them from my previous posts featuring Grace and/or Kate including the adorable kigurumi shoot, NOH8 Campaign, or Grace in Lingerie. They came down to DC on Thursday and while we were hanging out & eating all the pizza in the world, we decided to we wanted to do a little promo shoot of our Friday cosplays so that people could know to look for us. 😀 Grace cosplayed Sherlock, Kate was Watson, and I was Hermione. We wondered who would win in a fight between Sherlock and Hermione. Thoughts?

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It took us a lot of energy post-pizza to actually get motivated to do this shoot. We flopped around and chased the cat and eventually got into our fancy little outfits. Hehehe… I volunteered my handsome boyfriend to take our photo so that we could have a good shot of all of us together before I did a solo shoot of the Sherlock cosplayer lovebirds. But first, Hermione invasion!

Waiting for Brendan means ridiculous selfies:

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And taking pictures of people taking pictures:

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Finally, Brendan arrived to take our photo. I realized that we somehow have a very hard time looking normal. Other than the Otakon promo photo above, the rest of the shots all seemed to look like this:

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So, we quickly abandoned that idea and I took over as photographer and shot Sherlock and Watson together. Mwahahaa~

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Awwwwww!!!!! Best Sherlock and Watson ever. EVER I SAY!

So, after our super quick mini-shoot, Sherlock and Watson headed back to Baltimore so they could start Otakon super early. Drum roll… Otakon Day 1!

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:’D So much fun!!!

On Saturday, I decided to bring my camera gear with me so that I could shoot Grace and Kate in their GACKT x Jon Underdown // YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz cosplay. If you are unfamiliar with this J-rock duo, you should give em a gander. Grace and Kate do an EXCELLENT cosplay of Gackt and Jon and I didn’t want to miss my chance to shoot it! They rarely do this cosplay because it takes FOREVER to draw Jon’s tattoos on Grace‘s arms, but she is a dedicated monster. :3

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Tattoo in progress!

We hopped and danced around and spun in circles until the tattoo was finished and then we headed outside to shoot some seriously badass shots right outside of the Lord Baltimore hotel in downtown Baltimore.

Cosplayers: Grace Valentine as Jon Underdown
Katie Avalanche as GACKT
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography

 

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I LOVE THESE YFC PHOTOS and the amazing light that we had that day.

After exhausting this spot, we ran across the street. I am a weird little creature with a YFCz towel on my little bear head.

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I’m awkward.

Anyway, back to the goods.

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Successful group shot even though it was too bright to see cellphone screen in three… two… one…..

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All done!

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After that, we scampered back to the hotel room so I could drop off my camera and enjoy the rest of the con worry-free. Here is a collage of the whirlwind that was Saturday at Otakon!

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Thanks for a wonderful, wonderful weekend, Otakon! Awesome pictures, awesome friends, awesome memories.

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love always,

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Cosplay Photography
Otakon 2013
Baltimore, MD

 


Grace Valentine Lingerie Shoot x2!~

Hi guys! Now, don’t be jealous, but I have had the opportunity to shoot Grace Valentine in lingerie not once… But twice! I know, I am a lucky lady. ☺

The first time around was back in February. I KNOW. SO FAR BEHIND. It’s okay guys… I’m catching up. Grace was in town visiting me from New York and we were popping off a bunch of shoots left and right. This SUPER quick session lasted maybe about 15 minutes. We were going for sexy… But got the most adorable photos possible. How did that happen!

Model: Grace Valentine
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair: Gothic Lolita Wigs
Lashes: Dolluxe 

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Awwwww! ♡♡ GRACE, Y U SO CUTE!?

Speaking of cute,

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Awwwww. And yes, Pipes and Grace are the same size. No trick camera angles here……. *shifty eyes*

SO… Let’s fast forward to June 2nd, when our lingerie do-over was scheduled. Another marathon shoot day with my NY buddies. We shot this lingerie set just before this FREAKING ADORABLE KIGURUMI set with Grace and her girlfriend, Kate. For this lingerie shoot, we wanted to stray from the cute and venture more toward sexy Grace. Meee-ow. Here goes nothing!

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Nailed it!! I love it! It’s hard for me to pick which set I like better. I can’t choose! Ahhh!!! Which version do you prefer?

If you are interested in either of the wigs Grace is wearing above, they are both Gothic Lolita Wigs Lady Grace Collection. The first shoot is Lady Grace in Cinnamon Scoop and the second is Lady Grace in Chocolate Royale.

And surprisingly, both of these sets were shot with natural light & bounce boards. I never use natural light! Sometimes it just works. ☺

Before I decided to go the natural light route, I did catch this shot. I don’t feel like this blog post is complete without it. Teeeeeehehehehhee….

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I LOVE YOU, GRACE!!~

Lingerie Photography
Boudoir Photography
Washington, DC


From Dark to Light | Britni in Black and White | Beautiful Girl of the Flowers

I am on a blogging ROLL lately! Damn! Today we are going back to April to visit a shoot with the lovely Britni McIntosh! You may have noticed, I am still digging through my older shoots that need to be blogged, and I am doing so in no particular order. I hope you like this trip down memory lane that I’ve been doing. I swear I will catch up one of these days….

Britni is the sweetest little thing. I have known her for ages. We grew up in the same crowd of friends and now we are all old and still friends. Woohoo! Britni was actually one of my very first guinea pigs EVER when I got my first camera (Nikon D60) a few years ago. While Britni kicked ass on that shoot, looking at my old work kind of burns my eyes out. I’m making these really small so no one can actually see them.

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HAHAHA. If it gives you any indication of how old this is, I found this photo on an old hard drive from 2009 in an folder entitled “Myspace”…….

ANYWAY.

….. I’ve lost my train of thought.

Now it’s 2013. And I got to shoot her again for the first time since my early days. It was pretty stoked!! I’ve wanted to shoot her for so long but she lives in Indiana and I live in Washington, DC. Somehow, the stars aligned and we were both vacationing in North Carolina at the same time in April and we were able to schedule a quick shoot together!

We decided to do two looks together. One sweet and happy and one dark and gothy. Since this photoshoot is from April, I’ve lost all of my Behind the Scenes photos, so I am shamelessly borrowing them from Britni’s instagram. Thanks honey bunny!

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Two look sneak peek!

Knowing that we had limited time and two looks, I decided to shoot the black and white look first. I wanted to save the pink look for shooting the sunset because I knew the colors of the sunset would pop more against the pink than they would against the black. We started in an abandoned fraternity or sorority (??) house. I used to live near this abandoned building with the greek letters Delta Kappa and an owl painted inside it. In my extremely minimal google searching, I still don’t know (or really care) what it is/was. All it is now is a pretty cool photo spot.

On to the goods! First setup:

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& a lighting test outtake of me falling.

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Yes, those striped legs belong to yours truly.

For this next set, I wanted to try some seriously low key lighting. I love the way the deep shadows play into the feel of this image.

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 And the outtakes. Here is Britni making some adorably menacing faces in our lighting test.

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Then we popped outside for a few more shots by this creepy lamp post in the backyard of this house.

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SppooOoOoOky.

All done here! Time to lighten the mood a little bit and change outfits! Planning shoots while in different states can be difficult. We were each picking pieces of our wardrobe for the shoot. After texting pictures back and forth we settled on something that looked like this.

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Now that is some good e-planning!

Britni got changed and we headed out to our next location: a huge field of beautiful yellow flowers.

Once we were there, we had some time to kill while waiting for the sun to go down.

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Well, may as well take some pictures!

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La la la laaaaaaa… Just waiting for the sun…

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While the lighting is pretty, it’s not the lighting I was looking for.

And then…

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BAM! Perfect! Time to knock em dead!

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OH yeah! I forgot to mention! These photos were featured in Deadly Dessert Magazine’s May issue that had a flower theme. Check out our spread! Woohoo!

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Finally, we wrapped up a fun day of shooting together. If you’re interested in either of the wigs that Britni is wearing in the photos above, please check out Gothic Lolita Wigs. The black and white split is a discontinued wig, but you can see GLW‘s new longer splits HERE. The pink wig she is wearing is Gothic Lolita Wigs’ Rhapsody Collection in Rose, which can be found HERE. Her lashes are Born to Flirt from Dolluxe.

Thanks Britni! I am so happy we could make this day work and I can’t wait for our paths to cross again!!! I’ll dress you up like Hermione and take your photo. 😉

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Fashion Photography
Charlotte, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina


Japanese Punk Visual Kei and Camui Gakuen Inspired Fashion Shoot | Jake visits Washington, DC

Hey guys! Time for a time warp! Let’s swing back to February to cover a shoot I did on the 25th of the month. My good friend Jake came down to visit me from New York and to get some kickass photos taken. I was so excited to see him because we always have such a fun time together! He is super silly, as you will be able to tell from the outtakes that will make their debut in this very blog post.

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We decided to do two different looks. Jake’s style derives a lot of inspiration from Japanese fashion and basically looks like he fell right out of an really cool anime, so of course, I wanted to capture his presence the best I could. He has such a uniquely awesome style which is something that draws me to shooting him. We started with a dark theme at one of the coolest location in the DMV area.

Because we shot in such a cool location, I wanted to shoot in a bunch of different spots around the location, which means a bunch of really great outtakes since I had to light each area individually. Of course, let’s start with some interesting light test shots….

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Awww, Jake is pouting! What’s wrong!? How can you pout when we made a final image that looks like this:

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BAM!!! He is so cool.

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Seriously, what a rockstar.

How about another light test? Heheh…

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Haha! Take it offffff! I’m pretty sure he was stripping in this photo, swinging his sweater around. Can’t you feel the sexiness??

I should also mention that it was like 10 degrees and the poor boy was freezing. Taking his sweater off was not easy! Sorry Jake!

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I love Jake’s hair color!

What’s that you say? You want another derpy test shot? Okay, okay, if you insist.

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Hahaha, culling Jake’s photos is more fun than most because I run across little gems like these.

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Okay! After playing all around this area, we were finally done at this location! After this, we went back to my place in the city to shoot a Camui Gakuen inspired shoot at Meridian Hill Park at sunset.

Because it was a sunset shoot, we had limited time, so not a lot of time to make silly faces at each other. UGHHH. Life sure is tough huh? Still, we came out with some amazing shots with great color in the sky. I love this style!! What a cute little school boy!

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How amazing is this sunset?!

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What an awesome (and LONG!!) day of shooting! Found memories of this day. 🙂 I hope to be able to continue to document the other shoots I missed in my blogging hiatus in the next few weeks. I really enjoy revisiting these little pieces of my life and career. Thanks for visiting me and allowing me to shoot your handsome face,  Jake!! xx

Fashion Photography
Fashion Portraits
Washington, DC


The Godiva Collection by RockStar Wigs featuring Alt. Models Fate and Alexa Poletti

Hey guys! I had the pleasure of shooting RockStar Wigs‘ launch of their newest collection, the Godiva Collection. This collection is based off of the legendary Lady Godiva who rode through town naked on horseback in protest of taxation. The designer of RockStar Wigs wanted the photos to reflect the inspiration of the collection as much as possible by shooting all of the launch photos in the nude.

I teamed up with alternative model Fate and Sweet Trade Photography for a marathon shoot day in Clarksburg, Maryland. My plans for the day included shooting the Godiva in black plum, dark brown, and milk tea on Fate. So we headed out to our location. Oh my gosh. How was this the hottest day ever? Not only was the temperature about five million degrees, we had a heavy rain the night before. Cue humidity. And mud. Lots of mud.

Location scouting in pink shoes. Mistake.

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Lesson learned.

Shortly after sinking ankle-deep in the mud, we found a great location to shoot the lovely Fate as Lady G. After hauling all of our gear and wardrobe (for other shoots we had planned), it was time to get ready to shoot these bad boys!

While Fate was shaving her legs (hahaha- way to be prepared!), Sarah from Sweet Trade Photography and I were being a bunch of weirdo goofballs and swinging the Godiva hair all around and making funny faces at each other. It was sooo hot out. That’s pretty much all I can remember about this shoot.

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Next step: Getting Fate in her very complicated wardrobe. Check!

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Long, long, long, amazing wigs! Here is Fate in our classy dressing room, getting ready to shoot!

Okay… looks like we are finally ready to get the ball rolling…

Quick lighting test…

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Bingo! Let’s do this!

The Godiva Collection by RockStar Wigs

Model: Fate
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair: RockStar Wigs

Godiva: Milk Tea

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Godiva: Black Plum

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Godiva: Dark Brown

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Mission complete! Fate killed it as Lady Godiva!

While I was shooting this collection, I grabbed a few quick headshots of Fate in her new Dolluxe lashes. Dolluxe is the new AMAZING cosmetics line from the creator of Gothic Lolita Wigs and RockStar Wigs.

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She is so incredibly stunning.

Anyway, back to Godiva. For some variety in the photos for the collection, I decided to shoot the other two colors, black and burgundy, on myself, in my home studio.

I often hear of photographers complaining because they don’t have a studio. Well ya know what? I don’t either. And I don’t have a spare room to make a studio in my apartment either. So I rearrange my living room and move my couches to different areas every time I need to make a studio setup. I hate when people make the excuse of not having enough space. I live in a tiny apartment in the city. There is always a way. /end rant

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Model: Alexa Poletti
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography (wrap your head around that!)
Hair: RockStar Wigs

Godiva: Black

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And that’s the Godiva Collection by RockStar Wigs. You can purchase them HERE for $58.00 each and see what the other muses, Anaol Fatale and Kassandra Leigh, did with their Godiva wigs!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this collection from the mastermind at RockStar Wigs! More posts coming soon! I promise I am trying to keep up with this blog! *faints*

Product Photography
Wig Photography
Fashion Photography
Washington, DC
Clarksburg, MD


From Fairy Princess to Super Sexy Femme Fatale

Hey guys! I have an exciting post for you today! Sweet Trade Photography invited me to shoot some latex outfits from Fetasia Latex and Scarlet Bliss (provided by Jade) with her earlier this week. I was so stoked to meet alternative model Fate and have the chance to shoot her. This girl can morph from fairy princess to sexy latex femme fatale in a matter of minutes. It was truly amazing to watch this girl work it. We decided to start off with more “normal” looks and progress to the latex shots at the end. Latex is a messy thing to shoot and if you’ve ever done it, you’ll know why we did it last. 😉

I LOVE working with Sarah from Sweet Trade Photography. We have only shot together one other time but I model for her quite frequently. Some of the best shots in my modeling portfolio are from this girl. She makes magic. But it’s so interesting to shoot alongside her because our styles are very different. We can shoot the same subject in the same setting and the same outfit and the images don’t look anything alike. I love that. We even have the same camera. I think that says a lot about artistic style and a photographers eye. Too cool. I also love shooting with Sarah because we get all of these cool Behind the Scenes pictures of us being goofy. Hehe!

Anyway, back to Fate. This first outfit is such a mashup of everyone’s things. Fate had this amazing flowy skirt that we paired with a Victorian-esque corset I brought, shoulder pieces from Amorous Cat’s Attic (provided by Jaded), and a dip into my magic bag of wigs.

Here I am adjusting Fate’s wig. The wig is from Cosplay Wigs USA (available here: CWUSA Curly Blonde). Also, I’d like to clarify that I am not a giant. Fate is just a munchkin. 🙂 xo

After pulling all of our resources together and getting everything all good to go, we went out to the woods in Sarah’s backyard. Time to make some princess magic happen.

Magic. I love it. It feels like she’s out in some far away world… Just a lost princess looking for her way home.

Next up, we stuck with the same kind of innocence of the first set. Fate switched into an adorable little dress, and we switched her into some dark brown long hair (Available here: CWUSA Long Straight Brown).

Haha!! Wig cap alert! Helping Fate get her wig on…. Always funny.

This time we went out to the front yard to grab some shots by some flowers. The sun was in an awesome spot for lens flare, and I am a HUGE sucker for flare if I can get it. So… here ya go!

Yesss! Sun flare love! And can I just point out how well Fate nails “innocent”? Very convincing… 😉

Another Behind the Scenes shot! This is Sarah shooting. She asked me to shake some flower pedals down onto Fate which led to this funny series….

On the way back into the house, the stairs jumped out at me as the perfect background against the dress and Fate’s beautiful pale skin contrasting with her hair and eyes. SO MUCH LOVE.

She is so beautiful!

After this, sweet and innocent time was over. Cue the latex. This black dress is by Scarlet Bliss.

In this Behind the Scenes shot, Sarah knocks out a few with Fate in Gothic Lolita Wigs’ Teal Bob (available here: GLW Teal Bob)

My turn! BAM.

See what I mean about this girl morphing? From super sweet and innocent to drop dead super sexy. Just wow. I am so impressed.

Time to switch into the last outfit. Latex takes some time to get into and get out of, so here is a picture of me and Sarah being silly in the mean time. La la la aaaa.

This latex is from Fetasia Latex (provided by Jaded). The wig is Gothic Lolita Wigs Red/White Split without the ponytails (available here: GLW Red/White Split). We decided to go for a more latex pinup look and I love the results!

Behind the scenes time!

My hair gets really psycho during shoots. There is nothing I can do!

The sun was so awesome that even the iPad (playing some really awesome Destiny’s Child… because who doesn’t love Destiny’s Child?) could catch it!

SO cute. Ah. This is just too much. To wrap up our marathon shoot, here is a lovely/goofy/what? shot of all of us together. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the photos and the behind-the-scenes look at a photoshoot with Alexa Poletti Photography and Sweet Trade Photography. That’s all for now! xo

Fashion Photography
Latex Photography
Maryland


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Quickie!! This is my new headshot that Brendan + I did the other day. I’m training him nicely… >:)

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Portrait Photography
Davidson, NC