Pinup photography is a lot of fun. When I shoot it, I aim to have my subject look sexy as well as strong, confident, powerful, and seductive. All of those in varying degrees depending on the specific mood of the shoot. I also aim to bring out the unique beauty in each of my subjects rather than conform to any beauty standards. When Deanna Deadly was passing close by, Auxiliary Magazine featured her as the August/September 2013 Issue PinUp. I shot this in my studio with a constructed set to give the impression of a location without too much distraction. Read the interview with Deanna Deadly and check out more of this PinUp feature at auxiliarymagazine.com.
A tree grove, two wonderful models, a great hair and makeup team, a great assistant, the perfect jewelry from Adelina Mictlan, and beautiful gowns from Rose Mortem all came together for the Auxiliary Magazine February/March 2013 Issue Designer Spotlight on Rose Mortem. I wore a couple hats on set that day working as fashion stylist and creative director in addition to shooting. The trick is lots of planning ahead of the shoot so it all goes smoothly day of. I always love it when I get to style shoots, especially when there are pieces as stunning as these involved! You can see more of this fashion feature at auxiliarymagazine.com.
For the December/January 2013/2014 Issue of Auxiliary Magazine I shot the fashion section’s Must feature. The concept behind this feature is to highlight a must-have item for the season within the world of alternative culture and subculture. This time the must-have was a chunky knit hat and scarf from Toronto designer scarffaces. I acted as photographer and creative director and we had a great team for the shoot including model Dannielle Bradford, makeup artist and hair stylist Theresa Jahmi, and fashion stylist Shannon Kramp. I always enjoy shooting this feature as the goal is to get just one great shot that has to show off the featured fashion item, have a clean background for layout, set the right tone for the season, and give a hint of a story.