It's a spooktacular weekend as I welcome my first set with Ms. Synful Pleasure! Syn and I were introduced by my good friend and fellow photographer Steven Sandler. Steven is an attorney, a kinkster, and in recent years has recommitted himself as a photographer (something he learned as a child from his father). Those that follow my blog here closely might remember Steven as the man the finally made the connect between me and Cybill Troy that led to the two of us shooting together. Well thank you to Steven as he made another great connect.
A muse is a sacred thing. Of course anyone can model for whoever, but to truly achieve muse status it's all about the inspiration the artist draws based on a number of factors, but most importantly is chemistry. I'm someone who gets along with most people but one photographer's muse may not be mine. Some photographers and I share a strong crossover of muses and that often will push us close together, such as Darren Eskandari aka Paradox23, who I will be doing a small group show with in September at Arqade. If Darren recommends someone to me I know that that person and I will most likely hit it off. My only point of reference with Steven was the Cybill connection, who I was already very familiar with, but I saw the work he did with Synful Pleasure and felt strongly like I wanted to photograph her. Steven set up the connect, we figured out a date, and met in downtown.
Syn was absolutely a delight to work with. I loved her very punk rock attitude as we wandered around downtown including getting kicked out of the legendary Bradbury building (most notably for me one of the sets from Blade Runner). We ran in to a little conflict in our second location when Syn felt a little out of place in a more naturey spot (Elysian Park), being primarily used to more urban environments, but after some discussion she pushed through like the warrior she is and was so gorgeous there I'm glad she did. We ended our shoot in one of my favorite graff spots in all of LA underneath a bridge on the outskirts of Chinatown where Syn busted out her kinky nun look. Overall we had a great day and I really hope we shoot together again as Synful Pleasure is a kickass human being. Enjoy!
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