Welcome to October! It’s a week in and for the first post of the season I have ten new sets for you, most of which are pretty spooktacular if I do say so myself.
We begin this post in a similar position to where we left off the last time we spoke with our own Cosmic Daughter: Brittny Nicole. Brittny and I had been planning this shoot really since our very first one out in the desert. For this shoot I travelled out to Idyllwild with Brittny and her boyfriend Max (who was kind enough to shoot some BTS for us). This set is of course really epic because Brittny and I don’t know how to do otherwise. I don’t want to say TOO MUCH but I will say “Slime booty” and leave it at that.
Up next is another new set with my POC Miss Chaos in an impromptu journey. There’s an abandoned pool I’ve had my eye for some time and well the timing just happened to be right a few weeks ago. Miss Chaos is also a big fan of abandoned places so I knew she would be perfect for mission. Our only intention was the pool but we later found ourselves at the new store of my old employer The Stockroom. The Stockroom’s new Echo Park location was once an old mechanic’s shop so that was pretty cool!
Our adventures continue with the return of The Goddess Chelsea Hanes. Those that follow me closely know Chelsea is a close friend of mine that moved to Portland last year. She hit me up that she was coming down to LA so we set up a shoot. I took Chelsea to The Scary Dairy in Camarillo. Normally when I go to the Scary Dairy its pretty easy to get in to as large parts of the fencing are torn down. Well apparently they fixed them just recently. Not to be deterred we decided to hop off the fence anyway. It was totally worth it as you can see the photos came out great, but the adventure was harrowing. On the way to hop the fence out I caught my septum ring on the fence, bending it in half, and nearly ripping it out of my face. Needless to say I will not be hopping any fences anytime soon. Of course it was wonderful reconnecting with Chelsea.
Things take a turn for the spooky with a brand new set featuring Cosplay Queen Fablechan. I once again venture deep in to Orange County to shoot with the homegirl. She showed me some really cool locations and we got pretty spooky/sexy with our surroundings (artistically speaking of course). Always love shooting with Fablechan and I think we had some real fun experimenting with double exposures and some weird Pineagrams inside of this cool tunnel.
From one weirdo that I love to another is the return of Girlwolf Cindy Clark after her successful surgery. Cindy has had a tumor in her leg for years. Though it was benign, it was causing her great pain and precluding her from a lot of physical activity including running (which she’s done all her life). Cindy finally got the insurance company to approve the surgery after a very long fight. Well after two months of recovery time she was itching to get back out there and shoot. Funny enough I had the shoots with Fablechan and Cindy scheduled on back-to-back days unbeknownst to anyone but me. Over the weekend before the shoots I received a text from Fablechan featuring a picture of the two of them together. It turned out they met one another for the first time at a Dolls Kill audition and snapped a pic for me!
Cindy and I met up in Downtown and shot at some of my favorite grungy spots in the Arts District as well as finding this really cool abandoned garage that lent itself to some photos. We had a great time catching up and being dumb. We attempted to shoot on one rooftop before being thwarted by security but made our way on to a better rooftop, so how’s that for you? All I can really is that when Cindy and I shoot together it’s nothing but punk rock.
The abandoned pool shoot with Miss Chaos from earlier in the post was impromptu but this trip to Santa Barbara was not. Miss Chaos and I had been planning a trip to Santa Barbara to visit the famous Knapp’s Castle. The trip was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster as we kept driving through all this beautiful fog only to have it wind up super sunny where we were (whatever!). We started off by visiting this cool/weird water tower up in the mountains. I was very unhappy without fucking bright and hot it was but I still think we got some cool photos.
From there we headed to Knapp’s Castle which was SPECTACULAR. Knapp’s Castle if the remains of an old mansion in the mountains up past Santa Barbara. Sadly we saw a bunch of construction equipment and materials around, and though it didn’t seem like they were tearing it down, it definitely seems like they are building something around it, so we felt extra lucky we could visit. Miss Chaos put together some really fun looks and we even got an assist from Chelsea Hanes who let me borrow one of her Spirit Sugar Clip-in hair wraps.
We finished the evening by getting some delicious local food followed by our last location at the Santa Barbara pier. It was an exhausting day and an epic shoot.
After my journey so far out I wanted to keep things kind of local for the next shoot with the spooky Sarah Seraine. Sarah flexed her makeup skills with a rad black metal look (fitting that Sarah is in fact a metalhead). Sarah did an amazing job with her makeup that really set the tone for the whole shoot. We adventured around the industrial perimeter of Downtown LA and discovered some really haunting spots and finished off in Chinatown. Normally Sarah loves to be nude or nearly nude but I think we pulled off a killer set showing a slightly different side of Sarah.
The spookfest continued in overdrive with a brand new featuring Sage Sin. Unless I told you it was Sage you might not know it as she went full Michael Myers for this shoot. During our last shoot Sage and I joked it would be fun to do a shoot with Michael Myers doing some silly things. On the day of the shoot I remembered that the house from the original Halloween is actually really close to my house so we shot over there a bit, followed by Lori’s house, and then we got in to some really silly stuff around Pasadena.
For our second to last set of the post I want to introduce new muse Watermelon Waifu! Ms. Waifu is a good friend of Fablechan and requested a shoot together. I took Watermelon to my fav spot, Switzer Falls. I hadn’t been to Switzer in a minute so I was happy to get out in to woods. We had a fun time and she put together some really cute and spooky looks. We talked serial killers, music, and essentially all things spooky.
Finally we end things with a set I’ve been wanting to shoot for a while: The return of Alondra Excene Shields! Alondra is always a favorite muse and human being of mine. We consistently make killer stuff together. Unfortunately Alondra is also a busy bee and we hadn’t been able to line our schedules up again since our last shoot during Easter! Of course we couldn’t let the spooky times go by without a shoot. Also I had been wanting to shoot Alondra badly since she shaved her head. Alondra suggested we go to Switzer to get those spooky vibes going. Alondra is actually the one that introduced me to Switzer Falls in the first place so I was happy for the sequel. She brought some really creepy outfits including a series of masks made by her friend Graham Schofield. This shoot was completely different than our previous Switzer shoot and maybe our best one yet. Thanks again for checking out my work with these rad ladies and until next time, enjoy!