There are many kinds of love but ultimately when the love between people fills our hearts it's hard to say what it means because it's all just these positive energies swirling around our essence telling us "this is good". I've loved Stephanie Weitekamp since the day we met. I think it took me some time to figure out what that love meant but sometimes between artists it doesn't even matter what it means because the work and play together is just bliss. I hadn't really seen or shot Stephanie at all since our afternoon together in The Valley with her snake Balthazar. I felt nothing but pure love when we made some plans to do a new shoot together.
Stephanie and I met up at my place and headed downtown with very little gameplan in place (my favorite kind). We drove around a few places, walked around a bunch of places, and really just kind of explored while we chatted away. As we walked around I realized we were close to Arqade (the gallery space of Grey Garbo and Ceven Grey). I gave a knock knock knock and luckily Grey was home. I love introducing my models so I was happy to intro Grey and Stephanie, especially since Stephanie has such a strong connection to downtown as a regularly showing artist at the nearby gallery, The Hive. Grey invited us in and let us shoot in a the building a bit. Stephanie's first outfit was one of my favorites as I'm always a sucker for suspenders and her play between masculine and feminine was divine.
After that we headed to the arts district for coffee, pie, and more shooting. We hit up some of my favorite spots around there including down by the LA River under the former 6th Street Bridge. A few weeks later I would try to go down there again but it had since been gated off signaling perhaps one of the last times I'll get a chance to go down that way. We stopped by a health center called The Springs where my friend/muralist/collaborator Angelina Christina painted a few murals alongside the always talented Ease One. I was stoked that they let us in to the yoga studio so I could show Stephanie one of my favorite of Angelina's pieces and shoot a few photos of her in there. Overall it was a wonderful day together with one of my favorite people. I love my friend Stephanie a lot and hope you enjoy this new set.
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