Mourning Glory/ Beauty Editorial / New Orleans

Dark Beauty photo in cemetery

This blog post is dedicated to the seven beautiful and talented women (and Corey) from Urban Elements Salon  in Petaluma CA. who went to New Orleans for this haunting beauty editorial photoshoot!

You may have seen a few of these images on Urban Elements billboard on Washington Street!

My adventure started with having to get on a 737 Max 8 just before they were grounded. I wasn’t terribly worried after we reached altitude. The previous Max 8 crashes happened shortly after take off.    
When I arrived Rachel and Corey picked about 10 pounds of Crawfish. I couldn’t stomach them (because of the flight) but it was entertaining to watch the girls bite the heads off and suck out the juice!    
Shortly after arrival Rachel, Dylanne and I went to a home called “Covenstead” for a photoshoot. It’s an experience I will NEVER forget! But that’s a story for another time.

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

The next day was the “Mourning Glory” beauty editorial photoshoot in New Orlean’s iconic Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery. I had heard about the cemeteries in New Orleans…. they aren’t like a regular cemetery. Because New Orleans is below sea level, people can’t be buried in the ground. They are all crypts.    
( New Orleans is situated slightly below sea level. Because of this, the water table is quite high. When early European settlers put coffins under six feet of earth, they found that the water level would often rise above them, especially during the city’s frequent floods. Since the coffins were filled with air, the water sometimes pushed them up through the earth, causing both a gruesome sight and a health hazard. To keep the coffins underground, holes were drilled in the lid to let air escape, and the coffins were weighted down with rocks and sand. But this was only partially successful, and in any case the saturated corpses did not decompose properly, leading to unsanitary conditions. The only solution was to bury the dead above ground.)    
After we were done at the cemetery there was a quick change then off to the main event….. Raw Artists-New Orleans The 3 models CeCe, Lindsey and Dylanne strutted their stuff on the catwalk and on pedestals. They looked Fabulous and rocked their roles as 2 brides and a groom. Photos from the RAW show below….    
We stopped for some delicious beignets after the show, then home to SF next day.    
Creative Direction- Rachel Nixon & ALi Sutter    
Lead Hairstylist – Rachel Nixon    
Makeup – ALi Sutter    
Hairstylist – Lindsey Neuerburg    
Nails- Jessica Scott    
Salon- Urban Elements Salon    
Models – Dylanne, Lindsey and Cece    
And a Great BIG Thank You to Corey for making sure I never had to go without Starbucks!    

 RAW Artists show  New Orleans               2019


Bay Area Model photographer/Devin’s modeling portfolio shoot

Devin and I met while she was working as a barista and going to school at the Academy of Art in San Francisco! I was thrilled to work with this exotic beauty! This photo shoot was for her modeling portfolio with a strong boudoir influence. The styling is modern and classic using several outfits from “For Love and Lemons”  “Burberry” and vintage items. My favorite piece has to be the black velvet high waisted skivvies from “For Love and Lemons”. Devin looked AMAZING in them!



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Bay Area couples photographer/ Ysabella & Noah


Lost in Love…..Beautiful couple Ysabella & Noah wander the mountains in Petaluma. Follow them through their journey of wanderlust and love in the summer splendor….


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SweetVintage shoot in Sonoma County

This personal project bring many of my favorite things together. The models are my son Matt and his good friend Liza.  My horse Oliver did a great job eating grass and looking handsome.

Liza and I styled the shoot! The vintage clothing was pulled from our own collections and a little shopping in Downtown Petaluma antique shops. I made a flower headpiece for each one of Liza’s ensembles.

We started in the studio with natural window light. The ballerina on pointe is Rachel Sustek.
Rustic old trucks make great props!
The necklace is from the 1940's. My Grandmother was wardrobe mistress at MGM in the 40's and I believe this piece was worn perhaps in a 1940's movie.
My Great Grandmother was the wardrobe mistress at MGM in the 1940’s, this necklace was one of her pieces.
Pretty in Purple
This sweet vintage slip is updated with the wide belt and chunky necklace.
Mini treats from Starbucks were lovely and delicious! Cake pops, what splendid idea.
Oliver doing what he does best!
Matty looks so handsome
Matty looking super handsome
This awsome belt was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the first Sex and the City Movie.
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This beautiful spot was originally occupied by native American’s. I can see why they lived here.
Beautiful evening sun filters through the oak trees
Sweetness in a vintage long gown and a Juicy Couture shrug.
Sunset Under the willows
My sweet Mickey, who accompanies me on many of my photo shoots, is always the ladies man.