tiffanie & marc couple's shoot - riverside cemetery asheville, nc

One of my favorite things to do is creative, editorial, styled shoots. Ok, who am I kidding? It’s my absolute favorite thing to do! Especially when I get to work with really awesome clients who are also rad friends and artists! Marc and Tiffanie wanted a goth-y, Victorian inspired couple’s shoot in an old cemetery, and I knew just the place - Riverside in Asheville, NC. Marc is an incredible tattoo artist and all-around awesome guy who has been working on my botanical sleeve, and his wife Tiffanie is just as badass. I loved loved LOVED shooting them together. They had no problem getting intimate and steamy in front of my camera. Even when they’re not looking at each other, their chemistry is undeniable! Special thanks to Franky Martinez of Franky and Rogue Beauty for making these two look so incredible!


Of course Marc collects awesome artifacts, so we had plenty of props to work with: a raven, a scythe, and a real human skull.


After a couple of cool Victorian outfits, we put Tiffanie in this gorgeous red dress by local designer and artist Amanda Rose


Marc simply could not take his eyes off Tiff during this whole segment, and I just love how steamy they got in the vines together!

It was such a blast making art with you two in a cemetery for hours! I can’t wait for our next installment!


sunset to sunrise

Camping, friends, talented models and designers, beautiful landscapes, and a marathon sunset-to-sunrise photo shoot.  This was my life last week.

A group of very talented and tough people went up to Pisgah Forest Campground with me at sunset on Monday evening. We scouted the area and shot at an overlook near the camp ground. Unfortunately, we just missed the bulk of the actual sunset, but I did manage to snap this great photo of Jill Summers, tricked out as an awesome woodland elf:

I have recently discovered the magical time right after the popular golden hour called "blue hour." Up in the mountains of WNC, after the sun sets behind the mountains, there is still some good light that has this beautiful dusky hue to it.

What you can't see in these pictures is the bitterly cold wind that was battering us on top of the mountain, but these girls are such pros, you can't even tell!

Once we got back to the campground and warmed up a little around the fire, we started scouting the camp site for more photos. The site was surrounded by these awesome, old, twisty rhododendron groves. We set up an off-camera flash and umbrella and shot some cool, moody fantasy shots. Jill and Nichole donned my velvet cloaks and some of Amy Metsker's beautiful hand-made jewelry.

I also finally got to put someone in the Princess Dress that I found at Goodwill! Thanks, Nichole!

After some fantasy fun, it was time to rock out some KatDog Couture designs! Jill and Kati put on hood dresses and frolicked around in the grove until about 2:30 am when we finally all crashed.  We were also briefly joined by Ben and Ivy, who helped add a spooky vibe to some of Kati's hooded cloaks.

I crashed around 2:30 am in the back of my car.  It was cramped, and it was cold, and before I knew it, it was time to get up again.  After 2 hours of "sleep," we all roused ourselves at 5am to set up for some sunrise shots!

As the sun rose higher, we got to experiment with the angle of the light a little. I just love the red morning light filling up my lens with beautiful flares and giving Kati a warm glow!

A big shout-out to Max Ganly, who generously let me use his lighting equipment!

Though it was grueling and took me several days to recover, this was an unforgettable experience that yielded some awesome work. Thanks, Kati, for organizing this!

nevermore editorial

For a long time, I have wanted to do an editorial shoot in a nest.  The idea started years ago and has been percolating in the back of my brain.  This year, I finally made it happen (with a lot of help!)  Cody helped me design and build the nest.  We chopped up an ugly bush in our back yard to build the base and get the basic shape.  Wild grape vines completed the outside. Once we had the nest, we just needed the perfect team of model and makeup artist. 

Kayla Morgan agreed to model, and Danielle Southcott graciously offered her makeup skills. 

Cody assisted with catch-lights, fog machine, and some very impressive umbrella skills.