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.
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.
Next step: Getting Fate in her very complicated wardrobe. Check!
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…
Bingo! Let’s do this!
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography
Hair: RockStar Wigs
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.
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
Model: Alexa Poletti
Photo: Alexa Poletti Photography (wrap your head around that!)
Hair: RockStar Wigs
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*
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!
Hey everyone! While Grace Valentine and Katie Avalanche were in town last weekend, we wanted to shoot a NOH8 series to kick off Pride Month. As a big supporter of gay rights and equality for all, this shoot was very important to me. I was more than happy to shoot this for one of my favorite couples in the world.
Find out more about the NOH8 Campaign here: http://www.noh8campaign.com
Get involved and speak up. There is no room in this world for the intolerance and prejudice that same sex couples still face every day.
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 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
“I’m 1 Today!”
This is Krish! What an adorable little boy!
Yesterday, I took a trip out to Raleigh, NC to shoot little Krish’s first birthday party.
Let’s start off with a quick family photo:
This party was such a huge event!! Krish is quite popular for a one year old.. I don’t think I could have a party this big if I tried!!! 😉 He had an awesome cake made by Lynn’s Traditions based out of Raleigh, NC. Check out their site for more details on how to get your own cake like this one.
Also, delicious food catered by the restaurant venue, Zayka Indian Cuisine.
Following appetizers was a children’s entertainment show, featuring Elmo, a magician, and balloon twisting.
Don’t forget face painting!
A special hat for the birthday boy!!
And finally, time for this huge crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to little Krish. He was so cute as he clapped along with everyone after the song.
Blowing out the candle! Happy birthday little man!
That’s a wrap on Krish’s 1st Birthday. Looking forward to a future portrait session with this awesome family & their precious son!!