Hi guys! I did it! I shot something new! Look guys, look! I’m really back!
Hehehe…! Oh, and it feels so good.
One of my best buddies, Linden Valentine (who you see plastered all over this blog) asked me to shoot his engagement shoot to the loveliest person ever, Katie Avalanche. Knowing Linden, I knew there was a curve ball. Wait for it….
COSPLAY ENGAGEMENT. YUSSSSSSS. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate engagement shoot for Linden and Kate. I love shooting cosplay, so of course, I was PUMPED. Weeee!~
Because Linden & Kate live in New York, scheduling shoots with them is always tricky. We scheduled the shoot for earrrrlyyy on MLK because they were driving from Charlotte, NC to New York (shewww~ no thank you!) and could take a pit stop to see me and shoot in Raleigh along the way.
Of course, I responsibly got a ton of sleep and was super rested when Kate and Linden arrived…
Once Linden and Kate arrived, it was time to start getting ready for the shoot! Because they were cosplaying a podcast that I wasn’t familiar with (Welcome to Night Vale), I asked them to tell me the story so I could understand the characters. When shooting cosplay, I try to do my part to bring the characters to life through their posing and photos.
I am not even going to try to explain what the radio show is about, so have this description from their website instead:
WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.
Turn on your radio and hide.
BTW- You can listen to all of the podcasts here.
Kate would be cosplaying Cecil, the Night Vale local and narrator of the show, and Linden would be cosplaying Carlos, a scientist who comes to Night Vale to study all the strange occurrences that happen in the town. In the show, there is a scene where Cecil and Carlos are sitting on the hood of a Prius under an Arby’s sign, which we decided would be a perfect location for this shoot. It is also extremely convenient that I drive a Prius, hehehe ;D
One of my favorite parts of shooting is getting ready before the shoot. I love hanging out with my friends that I don’t see very often and during makeup is one of the best times to chat! Since Carlos is described as a Latino scientist with “dark and delicate skin, black hair with a dignified, if premature, touch of gray at his temples,” Linden needed an insta-tan to get all dark and delicate. Watching Kate smear foundation on him was HIGHLY ENTERTAINING. I do not envy him having to scrub all of that off lolol… Reason #243916 why I don’t cover my tattoos for cosplay.
Time to gather my equipment and head to Arby’s!
I am going to save all of my Behind the Scenes photos for the end, because this series tells a story and I would hate to interrupt it! Here we gooooo~
Cosplayers: Koala and Bear
Cecil: Katie Avalanche
Carlos: Linden Valentine
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
How cuteeeeeeeee are theyyyyyyyyyyy???????
Shooting with Alexa x Linden x Kate does not come without some ridiculous moments and unforgettable laughs. Here are a few of my favorite highlights:
The constant battle against the wind that Linden’s luscious hair was constantly losing. Cue infuriated Linden.
Linden’s very “serious” proposal. I should mention that he was a big cry baby about the concrete + knee situation, so I generously gave him a bag of unpopped popcorn and pajama pants to rest his little princess knees on. I think the fact that I had a bag of popcorn and pajamas laying around in my car probably reveals a bit too much about my lifestyle.
When Linden kissed Kate and his “dark and delicate skin” & facial hair rubbed off on her face, hahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
And whatever the hell this is:
I think I should also probably mention that I am 90% sure that we may or may not have caused a minor car accident because we are just a silly looking group of people doing unusual things. Most people aren’t accustomed to seeing a pink-headed Alexa-monster leading a photoshoot in an Arby’s parking lot. PSA: Friends don’t let friends watch photoshoots and drive.
So, I’m sorry if this was you. Keep your eyes on the road next time!
After we finished shooting, we went inside to see the excited Arby’s employees (they loved watching our shoot!) and to chow down on some delicious fast food. #modeldiet
And finally, a group shot after a job well done! ☺
See more of my shoots with Kate & Linden (aka Koala & Bear Cosplay) here:
From all of us, congratulations Kate and Linden!! We love you and are so excited for your future together!!~ xoxoxoxo
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
Awwwww! ♡♡ GRACE, Y U SO CUTE!?
Speaking of cute,
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!
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….
I LOVE YOU, GRACE!!~
So, everyone who knows Jazzmin Jolly knows that she is a weird little creature. She bounces and twirls and sings all day long. It is adorable to watch her freak out when she sees a microscopic spider or when she is terrified to do a bikini shoot even though she has the most amazing bod of anyone I know. Enter Jazzmin Jolly.
Jazzmin came down from Philly to join in the Hypnotic Sweet Treats launch that we were shooting over the weekend and wanted to shoot this summery side project. Jazzmin wanted to make an outfit entirely covered with flowers, but who wants to (or has time??) to make a full flowing dress of flowers?? Jazzmin decided to make a swimsuit covered in flowers instead (much less surface area!), which was an idea I LOVE. Nothing says summer like flowers, sunglasses, and a bikini! Ow ow!
Y’all. This girl was terrified to do a shoot showing this much skin but look how confident and amazing she looks? Can you even tell she was nervous? Go tell her how awesome she is right now!!! Facebook: Jazzmin Jolly
Abs, abs, and more abs. Damn girl!
Flower shoes! Look at her flower shoes!!! Oh my god!
I hope you all enjoy some summer fun this season! Get out there and do something awesome!
Hi guys! Over the weekend, I imported a few model buddies from New York and Philly to come down and hang out with me and to shoot the launch photos for Hypnotic Sweet Treats’ new line: Creepy Candy. While getting ready for our Hypnotic Sweet Treats launch photos, we got super sidetracked by shooting the lovely Grace Valentine and Katie Avalanche in their kigurumis. They are just the cutest little things. I was bouncing around and running in circles because it was so cute. I couldn’t handle it. CUTENESS OVERLOAD. >.< Ahhhhhhh!
Kigu attack!!! >.< Katie the clinging koala and Grace the ferocious kuma bear! :3
Awww… maybe they’re not so mean and scary after all… ♡ Kigu Kisses! ♡
SO cute. Ugh. I’m going to go hide in a corner until I am as cute as they are. Goodbye world!
Hey everyone! Meet Tyler! He is an aspiring actor from Virginia who contacted me looking to update his headshots. He came out to see me in DC and we did a quick mini-session this afternoon for some fantastic results!
I couldn’t help but grab a shot of Tyler looking all fly with his Vans on. Too cute!
Love it! Good luck with your casting this weekend, Tyler! 🙂 Don’t forget me when you’re famous!
Meet Kelly! She is an aspiring fitness model based out of DC. After seeing some of my dance photography, Kelly contacted me for her fitness shoot for a blend of lifestyle, fitness, action, and headshots, and I am so glad she did. She has a fantastic personality and I had SUCH a fun time shooting and hanging out with her!
Let’s back up and start with a little behind-the-scenes beauty prep. This creative team is so awesome, so I want to take a moment to spotlight them as well.
These beauty wizards are Liz and Melissa. Take a second to check out their amazing portfolios:
MUA: Melissa Michelle
Hair: Ms. Liz
Thanks to the creative team for an awesome look!
Now let’s check out how completely fabulous Kelly is! We wanted to start off with a casual studio look, with a little oil for a touch of fitness sheen.
Looking so stunning! Then we swapped into fitness mode:
And then to lifestyle:
Oh my gosh… Isn’t she the cutest freaking thing? I LOVE IT.
I am so in love with these photos. I don’t care if I am tooting my own horn… She looks amazing!
So then we went back into fitness shooting. I made this poor girl run so many laps while waiting for the sun to drop down where I wanted it. She was definitely a trooper and cut out to be a fitness model! Thanks for being such a good sport, Kelly!
This is what I was waiting for!!! Here we go~~
And that’s a wrap on Kelly’s fitness shoot! I hope you guys enjoyed the new material and keep a look out as I have a TON of new stuff that will be hitting the blog very soon. As always, thanks for viewing!
Hey guys! I have a very exciting and personal post for you all today!
Ever since I started doing wedding photography, I have wanted to shoot same-sex weddings. Gay marriage is an issue that is very close to my heart and something I care very deeply about. When I moved to DC from North Carolina, I was so happy to be moving to a place where all people are allowed to marry who they love. I can not stress enough how important equality is to me. I truly hope that these photos find struggling gay individuals/couples and give them hope and happiness for the future. We are on the right track.
ANYWAY, I could talk about gay marriage forever, but this post is about Mary and Machelle and their fabulous wedding day. This couple traveled up from North Carolina to make their promise to each other legal. I am so honored to have shot their wedding performed by Tiffany of MarriageDC in the Chelsea Gardens in Washington, DC. Meet Mary and Machelle!
Okay okay okay. Let’s start from the beginning. Here we are at Chelsea Gardens and the ceremony has begun!
:’D So happy!
(The above photo has been blacked out for blog purposes to protect the identity and privacy of my clients.)
So after the ceremony, we headed out to grab some portraits of the newlyweds! I wanted to take more of a lifestyle approach to capture this couples’ sincere joy. I love the way these girls laugh and their happiness was extremely contagious.
And finally… my favorite thing about Mary and Machelle was their sense of humor. How many couples will let you take photos like THIS on their wedding day?
Hahaha! Love it so much! Okay, that’s it guys. Hope everyone is having a great week so far! Thanks and CONGRATS again to Mary and Machelle!
Gay Marriage Photography