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
Hey guys!! It’s been a while since I’ve put up a wedding post, so here ya go! While I was in Wilmington last week, my old buddy and photography sensei Chris Van Atta asked me if I’d like to be second shooter on a wedding he had coming up. OF COURSE, I said I’d love to! It was so so so great to be reunited with my buddy after almost a year of not shooting together. Isn’t that insane?! UGH. So that led me to meet Heather and Adam, a wonderfully spunky couple that goes by “Heat” and “Addy” — Love it!
So sweet! While Heather was getting ready at the Hilton Riverside, Adam was holding down the fort at the beautiful St. Thomas Preservation Hall. It was a cool time of day for lighting in the hall!
Here are some shots of the green/blue peacock theme!
Presenting the couple! Yay!
Awww what an awesome ceremony. So during the switch from wedding chapel to reception party room, we hit the streets of downtown Wilmington, NC for some fun family photos.
Vintage style kissin’ in the street. That’s where it’s at!
On our way back to the reception, we made a pit stop outside of Yosake, where Heather and Adam shared their first date. Awww. 🙂
The reception was a lot of fun too! I spent most of the night assisting Chris with lighting but here are a few quick shots of Heather and Adam’s first dance!
Well guys, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed Heather and Adam’s Wilmington wedding!
Until next time! xo
Hey y’all! As you may know, I’ve spent the last week in Wilmington, NC to film my little role on One Tree Hill. So many great things have happened this week, one of which includes meeting the fabulously beautiful Abby Bolin. We hung out all day on set on Tuesday and decided that we needed to shoot some fun costume shots supplied by Halloween & More. So we narrowed it down to a hot pirate outfit and a fun little doll outfit!
Here is Ms. Abby Bolin as Darling Dollie!
I just adore these photos so much!! Oh my gosh. The location was just so perfect and has been screaming for me to shoot there for years. Just never had the perfect opportunity…. I think this theme was just about perfect for it. 🙂
Now, I give you Abby as a super sexy pirate!
Toooooo much fun!!!
Thank you sooo much to Abby Bolin and to Halloween & More. What a wonderful day! I hope next time I am in NC that I get to shoot with her again! Eeep!
Just some shots around the house… Since it’s Mothers Day, here are some photos of my daughter:
An advantage of having a studio in my house..! Here’s me looking foxy:
Haha… kind of a pointless post. Bye!
Hey guys! It’s my cousin Laura’s birthday today!! Happppyyyyyyy Birthdayyyyyyyy toooo youuuu…
For her birthday, she wanted a photoshoot of her adorable cat, Jezebel. Quite a convenient thing that her cousin is a pro photographer… 😉
Happy birthday, sweetheart.
And her roommate, as yall know as Subreen Davis, and her dog MoMo.
Hey guys! Busy weekend for Genna and I.. shooting Brianna Little on Saturday and Arsenio Clemens on Sunday! Lucky for you, this entry is starring the fabulous Brianna!!! She booked a senior portrait shoot with me and to my wonderful surprise, she is also an INCREDIBLY talented DANCER! And yall know how I love dancers… !!! Yessss!
While we were at it, we decided to do some killer dance shots for Brianna’s portfolio. Genna grabbed a few behind the scenes shots for our Lake Norman location.. Check Brianna out! She practically floats! So graceful..!
And heres to me working my magic:
So after nailing that location, we headed to our next spot in Davidson to knock out a few more dance shots.. Beautiful!
Alright, that’s it for Brianna Little. I told you she was fantastic. Check back for Arsenio’s Gaga-inspired Glam shoot!
Lake Norman, NC