A night free at home mixed with Jeffree Star cosmetics and an Elephant Ear plant combined to help me with a little Self Exploration. It’s all about learning to love yourself and discovering the ways to represent yourself in the correct light. It was a lot trial and error with positioning and a change of lighting. It was very interesting putting myself in the position of my models and feel what they feel. It was a very raw and unfiltered experience where I have never felt so exposed especially when I saw them full screen on my computer and began to edit them. Welcome to my self portrait project of Self Exploration.
Metallic leather jackets, poinsettias, and uniquely colored lipsticks made for a creative night which developed into the Wintertide series. Holdrege Floral Expressions was generous enough to let Roxy and I shoot at their amazing Floral Shop/Greenhouse and spend some day getting some Christmas cheer. The metallic blues brought in the icy chill of Winter and the red featured the vibrant poinsettias and brought the cheer.
Michelle, Tyson, and I met in the Benson neighborhood in Omaha and did some exploring. While exploring we found textures and artwork that were such exciting backdrops and had fun walking and talking. This was one of my favorite series I have done because it was pure, casual fun. Check out the images of Exploring Omaha.
Cher of LOL Cowgirl Western Designs approached me with and idea to collaborate with a fellow western wear designers to combiner her beautifully structured tops with Sherry of Buffalo Grounds‘ playful skirts. Together they made for some beautiful outfits and the fits were amazing on our models. The ladies were naturals and made it easy to get some authentic shots that featured real emotions and showcased the clothing in a fun way.
The Occult has always fascinated me so when Roxy and Annessa asked me to make headdresses for a Voodoo themed Halloween party I wholeheartedly agreed in exchange for photographs. The costumes combined with Annessa’s makeup and hair talents joined together with the night to make a dark and sinister photo series come to life.
Nebraska, The Good Life, is represented in small town Nebraska life. For me, growing up in a small town that meant going with my Mom to pick Chokecherries to make her homemade jelly. This involved getting permission from the farmers to pick by their fields and a lot of minimum maintenance roads. This photo series showcases the highs and lows of growing up in Central Nebraska; The Good Life.
Tattoos are a personal expression of a person’s interior on their exterior. A permanent extensions of that individual soul. The goal for this photo series was to showcase the individuals body and how those tattoos and their designs can be better expressed by a particular scene and lighting set up. Join me in viewing the lovely artwork in Inked Up.
Fashion and the word fierce have been synonymous in our world and through this series I have created some more “couture” pieces and added some edge to every image. Annessa’s looks that could kill mixed with some sunhat, collars, and capes creates images that will make you want to strut your stuff and be a part of the Fashion Kills series.
By aid of a Victorian inspired dress, fake blood, and a blood red bath bomb by PopNatural. Viewer discretion is advised for this bloody photo set that is both creepy and skin crawling goodness. An extended grin and whiteout contacts makes for some fun in the series Blood Bath.
A red paint that makes your heart skip a beat, waterline styled interior, and the signature fuzzy dice. All the makings of a classic car. The 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air mixed with storm clouds rolling in make for a breathtaking scape to take photographs of a car that started from rusty bones in the series 55′.
The cemetery and a building that was once in flames were the backdrops for Annessa and Michelle in this chilling shoot. I crafted a headpiece for the cemetery scene and Annessa did her own makeup and hair to make for a dark and rich photoshoot. We wanted to show the beautiful desperation in the darkness and create a scene that made you heart quicken. Michelle and the disheveled walls made for a scene that gives you chills in Very Superstitious.
Classic cars, old school Coke bottles, and some pin up wear all combine together to create a classic photoshoot. Aubrey and I had a few things in common such as our love for pin up and the vintage lifestyle. We explored Ord, Nebraska that featured a renovated gas station that is now the clubhouse for Valley Rods Unlimited. I grew up in that culture. My father owns a 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air, a gorgeous White stingray, and a red Corvette; my mother also owns a Corvette. All that you need is a blue Corvette to finish off the procession. This appreciation for classic cars is not limited to the cars but also the culture around it. The value that is held in keeping a vehicle in peak condition or restoring something from just the bones. With that value and lifestyle Flashback was created.
Nebraska is not notorious for high fashion and couture. Especially in the rural areas. I took this as a personal challenge to show others how Nebraska can work for commercial and high fashion photography. Accompanied by women who have spent a good part of Nebraska and have various backgrounds ranging from rural women studying to be a Veterinary Technician to a woman of Swiss decent who was majoring in Engineering. All these women were so different but the way they were all joined is that they had the Nebraskan generosity and love of life. Check out some editorial pieces that represent Nebraska in Cornfed Couture.
Ballet. Traditionally an art form of dance performed in such places as grand theaters. It is such a graceful, disciplined dance and was an absolute treat to photograph. To challenge the way you look at ballet I chose to take it out of the traditional location and shoot in downtown Kearney, in the woods, and in rural Nebraska near the glistening river. You can see the beautiful woman in several series whose titles are based upon their location. Michelle graced us in Rural & Urban Ballet, Samantha in Boho Ballet, and Taylor in Industrial Ballet. 2015-2017.