Art for the love of art…

Cali: Vintage Nudes

Cali continued the 50’s make-up and look for some beautiful nudes. Model: Cali. Make-up: Hana Christine.

MaYa: 3 Looks

Local fashion designer MaYa collaborated on three different looks, two involving wonderful vintage dresses Sandra and I found. Model & make-up: MaYa.

Old French Postcards

In the early 1900’s in France a black market for scandalous postcards of nude women existed. Now of course these same postcards might be seem as charming, whimsical or even innocent. I didn’t want to ...

Amanda: Hats and Portraits

At the end of the shoot, it was time to have a little fun trying different hats to capture different portraits of Amanda. Model: Amanda Kelly. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Amanda in Chantilly Lace

Amanda shows a beautiful and delicate Chantilly lace dress. Model: Amanda Kelly. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Sarah Jain in a Western Theme

A hat and revolver complete this western theme. Model: Sarah Jain. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Cali: More 80’s Looks

We swapped out the 80’s jacket for a miniskirt, and we also tried a really fun mesh shirt Sandra and I found. Model: Cali. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Cali in the 80’s

Bright colored lights, fog, a stylish 80’s jacket and Cali! Model: Cali. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Cali: 1940’s Teal Dress

The fruit of a long hunt for Sandra and I, this vintage 1940’s teal dress is one of the prettiest I’ve seen. Cali perfectly showcases it. Model: Cali. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Olivia: Portraits and Nudes

This set was built around variations in lighting, and a fan to blow Olivia’s hair. Very simple, but very beautiful. Model: Olivia North. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Olivia in a Women’s Dickey

Dickeys are shirt fronts intended to make everyday or old shirts look fancy. Originally for men, they gained popularity for women. This dickey is probably 70 years old or so, and Olivia had a lot ...

Nicole: Limitless

Sandra wrote this poem for Nicole for this flower series: Limitless You are a bouquet A complete medley of wonder Capable of evoking euphoria Capable of inducing a restful slumber of bringing finality and yet ...

Nicole in an Old, Wet Dress

This sheer vintage dress was a great find, and seemed like something that would look good clingy. So we made the dress wet, and Nicole wet. Model: Nicole Stark. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Viktoria as an Angel

A dancer and a beautiful pair of wings makes for a great set of images. Model: Vik tory. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Sarah Jain GoGo

Sandra and I found this actual GoGo outfit from the 60’s, and came up with this idea of circles to match the circle cuts in the outfit and boots. Sandra cut out over 50 circles, ...

Viktoria: Ballerina as Figure Skater

Sandra and I found this pink figure skating outfit, so we re-imagined Viktoria as a figure skater. Since this isn’t moving on ice, the shots of her balancing on a single blade of a skate ...

Viktoria: Nude Ballet Poses

Viktoria shares her years of practicing and training in this amazing set of ballet poses. The lighting and hand-painted canvas backdrop showcase her in sculptural detail, and capture the combination of grace and strength of ...

Ballerina@Home: Relaxing to the Radio

Viktoria relaxes to the radio; the point shoes off, she can relax. Model: VikTory. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Mariah Maternity

Those of you keeping score may have noticed that Mariah hasn’t been appearing much in shoots. The reason is simple: she is becoming a mother. I’ve never shot maternity, and probably never will again, but ...

Portraits of Veronica

Veronica shares a quiet moment with these simple glamor portraits. Model: Veronica LaVery. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Amber Flowers: Nudes

San Diego native Amber Flowers continues the vintage theme with a few nudes. Model: Amber Flowers. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Olivia in a Blue Mesh Dress

Olivia poses in a blue mesh dress. The mesh is interesting, because it provides strong definition for the shape of the body. Model: Olivia North. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Crystal Nudes

Crystal, simple and elegant. Model: Crystal Wings. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Veronica: Blue Tulle

Very simple — blue tulle against a matching blue background, this set is about shine and color. Model: Veronica LaVery. Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Olivia Art Nudes

Using the same set as the Pink Dress series with Olivia, we did a few nudes to capture the soft light and colors. Model: Olivia North. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Nathalie Howl: Vintage Green

Sandra and I found this green dress hidden in a rack at a local antique mall; Nathalie was kind enough to model it for us. Model: Nathalie Howl. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Jasmine Elliott: Post-Apocolyptic Wonder Woman

Jasmine created this imaginative and fun re-imagining of Wonder Woman in a world in ruins. Model, make-up and costume: Jasmine Elliott.

Megan: Retro Orange Pants

Flair pants were all the rage in the 70’s, and this pair took that to the limit. These orange pants surprisingly make wonder shapes. Model: Megan Felix. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Olivia North: The Pink Dress

First Sandra and I found a nice pink hat, but then we found this stunning pink dress, so we  put together a set around it. I’m realizing just how much I love mid-century vintage, and ...

Olivia North’s Racing Stripe

Olivia is set for the track! After finding this wonderful mesh shirt, Sandra came up with the idea of painting a matching stripe down Olivia’s leg. She also convinced me to shoot on white, and ...

Rebecca with Black Stripes

At little more fantasy and whimsical, Rebecca is painted in black strips. Red is for Rebecca, as this is the second shoot I’ve used red gel (color) for the lights. Model: Rebecca Fae, make-up: Claire ...

Highlights

A sample of work, highlights from shoots over the past two years.

Amanda’s Rainy Day Window

Amanda contemplating the rainy world outside. Model: Amanda Kelly. Make-up: Claire Gonella. Grateful for the assistance of Sandra.

Nicole: Mid-Century Gold Dress

Nicole channels decades past in a classic mid-century gold dress Sandra and I discovered on our adventures. Model: Nicole Stark. Make-up: Hana Christine.

Nicole: Retro Roller Skates

Nicole hams it up with a 70’s pair of rollerskates, and 70’s Sears shorts. The shorts were a great find — somehow they survived the past 40 years with the label on, never worn. Model: ...

Amanda Kelly: Elegance

Amanda Kelly poses for fine art nudes. Shooting with actors is great; Amanda creates a unique feeling in each shot with small changes in her expression. Model: Amanda Kelly, make-up: Claire Gonella.

Amanda: Salmon-Colored Dress

I’ve been hoarding this dress for the right model — found her! Actor and model Amanda Kelly captures the elegance of this retro dress. Sandra helped find the dress and put together the set. Model: ...

Viktoria: The Steampunk Traveler

Viktoria travels throughout the U.S. and the world on various projects; here she is imagined as a steampunk traveler. Model: VikTory, make-up: Claire Gonella.

Juliette in Purple Light

Juliette is bathed in purple light, surrounded by tulle. Model: Juliette Cecile, Make-up: Claire Gonella.

Nicole Picks a Tie

Nicole faces a dilemma many of us have faced when heading out on a formal occasion — which tie to wear? This is Sandra’s concept and styling, and features stylish retro pants. Model: Nicole Stark, ...

Nicole Stark: 1960’s Swimsuit

Nicole brings the 60’s to life with a beautiful one-piece swimsuit from that period. Model: Nicole Stark, make-up Hana Christine.

Crystal: Roaring 20’s

Crystal Wings models a dress from the 1920’s; the dress is shear and is actually intended as an overdress. Sandra and I found the antique dress while visiting Vancouver. The ancient material was literally tearing ...

Viktoria: Tansu Step Chest

Viktoria utilizes our antique Japanese Tansu Step-Chest to create elegant shapes. Model: VikTory, make-up: Claire Gonella.

Amber Flowers: Sheer Dress

Amber goes retro in a pink dress, and a beautiful vintage hat. Model: Amber Flowers, Make-up Claire Gonella.

Mariah: White Shoot Mermaid Look

White pearls and shells complete the mermaid look, the second half of the White Shoot. Mariah herself provided much of the vision for the shoot. Model and styling: Mariah Feuerhelm, make-up: Claire Gonella.

Anika Wilmore Portraits

At the end of the shoot, we did a few simple, elegant nudes. Model: Anika Wilmore, make-up Claire Gonella.

Anika in the Attic

Anika explores an attic. Sandra helped with the styling for this shot. Model: Anika Wilmore, make-up Claire Gonella.

Anika: More 70’s

Anika continues the retro 70’s theme with a purple shirt and bikini bottoms. Model: Anika Wilmore, make-up: Claire Gonella.

Anika: 70’s Dress

I had this 70’s dress for a while, but not the perfect model for it — until Anika! Sandra helped create the set, featuring colorful tissue paper flowers. The color and Anika’s energy channel that ...

Viktoria: The Hat Garden

Whimsy, and an obsession with hats, inspired “The Hat Garden”. Sandra made the hat trees, then decorated with vintage hats. Model: VikTory, make-up: Claire Gonella, concept/styling: Sandra Keet.

Rebecca: The Green Fairy

Rebecca is a fantasy creature of the woods, at home in her forest habitat. Rebecca had a lot of fun with this — she declined to have the body-paint removed when she left. Make-up/bodypaint: Claire ...

Mariah: Wedding Dress

Part 1 of the “White Shoot”, Mariah brought her wedding dress as an elegant centerpiece for the first set. Model: Mariah Feuerhelm, make-up: Claire Gonella.

Rebecca: Short Poems

Short phrases from poems by T.S. Eliot, e e cummings, Jane Austen and Sandra Keet. The series is short, but the poetry beautiful. Concept: Sandra Keet, model: Rebecca Fae and make-up Claire Gonella.

Dylan Rose Yorke: Bodyscapes

Bodyscapes capture the more abstract shapes and contours of the human body, at times even resembling landscapes. These beautiful images are simple and fun to do, and Dylan was constantly amazed to see these shapes ...

Dylan Rose Yorke: Bodypaint Armor

Dylan donned armor made of paint, and wandered into the world of fantasy! At the end of the set there are a few taken prior to the bodypaint being applied. Model: Dylan Rose York. Bodypaint ...

Nicole Goes to a Diner

Nicole Stark as a 50’s Diner patron. Sandra and I spent a lot of time planning this shoot — we had to find all the stuff! Special thanks to Sandra for her help. Nicole just ...

Viktoria: The Blue Dress

Sandra and I found this 50’s blue dress. I didn’t think it would move well because the material is think and heavy — I was wrong! Viktoria brought the dress to life, making the whole ...

Megan Felix in Brown

A beautiful sheer lace gown we found, with a matching bolero-style jacket, formed the centerpiece of this set with model Megan Felix. Make-up Hana Christine.

Crystal in Tulle

Model: Crystal Wings. Make-up: Claire Gonella. Simple set with tulle.

Veronica: 50’s-Style Pinup

Model: Veronica LaVery, make-up: Claire Gonella. Veronica’s fun posing captured the classic 50’s pinup’s clean, innocent and playful style. The only ingredients needed: a (real) navy cap and themed bottoms.

Viktoria: Art Poses

It was the end of a day of shooting, and we had an extra 1/2 hour. So I put up a tapestry I have, and a rug. Despite the improvised nature of this set, a ...

Viktoria: Antique Dress

Model: VikTory, make-up Claire Gonella. Sandra and I found this beautifully laced antique dress from around 1910 (the seaming and clasps are consistent with that time). Viktoria took great care with the delicate material; it ...

Portraits of Viktoria

Black and white portraits, and more. Model: VikTory, make-up: Claire Gonella.

Ballerina@Home

Model: VikTory, Make-up: Claire Gonella. What does a ballerina do at home? One imagines fairly mundane things, like ironing or chatting on the phone. This daring series finds out. Sandra helped put together the concept, ...

Sarah: Two Swimsuits

Model: Sarah Bonrepaux, make-up: Claire Gonella. For the last in the series with French actress Sarah, two modern swimsuits. The second wet look was inspired by a Robert Palmer video.

Sarah: Red Velvet and Vintage Swimsuit

Model: Sarah Bonrepaux, make-up: Claire Gonella. Sarah captures the essence of the 60’s with a red velvet miniskirt outfit, and a beautiful vintage swimsuit.

Viktoria: Victorian Bolero Jacket

The jacket dates from the 1890’s, and considering its age held together well. I had no other matching wardrobe, but Viktoria really wanted to shoot with it, so that is how this set came to ...

Nicole: Antique Lace Shawl, Hats

Model: Nicole Stark, make-up Claire Gonella. The shawl is from the 1890’s, and literally disintegrated as Nicole modeled it. The shawl was beautiful though. And, of course, hats.

Victorian Viktoria

Model: VikTory Model, make-up Claire Gonella. Bloomers, Victorian themed jacket — what could be more fun?

Sarah: Mid-Century

Model: Sarah Bonrepaux, make-up: Claire Gonella. Sandra and I found mid-century dresses at a tiny used-item store in the middle of the desert. The first is a designer sample from the 50’s; we don’t know if ...

Sarafin: Emerging

Model: Sarafin, make-up Claire Gonella.

Experiments with Bodystockings: Rebecca and Lena

An experiment with form and color. Models Lena Nicole and Rebecca Fae bring shape to bodystockings colored with gels (colored cellophane) over the studio lights.

Sarafin: Hats, Shawls and More!

Sarafin with hats — I’ve discovered a secret love of hats and shawls, in particular vintage and antique styling. Sandra also found this incredible body stocking that flows nicely. Make-up by Claire Gonella.

Juliette: Lavender Dress & Portraits

French model Juliette Cecile in the soft color of lavender. Make-up by Claire Gonella.

Nicole: Renaissance Cosplay

Model: Nicole Stark, make-up: Claire Gonnella. Sandra found this beautiful Renaissance-looking dress, and Nicole brought it to life.

Viktoria Goes Golfing

Model: VikTory. Make-up: Claire Gonella. Found these wonderful vintage velvet short pants, and suggested golf!

Viktoria: Island Night

Model: VikTory Model, make-up: Claire Gonella. Viktoria lights up as evening falls, dancing in a grass skirt. The live orchids that made up the lei had a sweet floral scent.

Mariah: That 70’s Shoot!

Teamed up with Mariah Feuerhelm as model, Claire Gonella for make-up and with a lot of help from Sandra for a 70’s themed shoot. Sandra and I found a bunch of old 70’s clothing, including a ...

Jasmine Elliott: Steampunk Bodypainting

Model and make-up: Jasmine Elliott, and bodypainting by Land o.

Sarafin – Fine Art Nudes

A French tapestry and a few antique pieces complete this set featuring Sarafin. Make-up by Claire Gonella.

Nicole: Intimate Portraits and Some Feathers

Portraits of Nicole Stark, and a fantasy set involving a feathered skirt.

Nicole in Spring

Nicole Stark in spring. Make-up Claire Gonella.

24K Nicole

Nicole Stark, an actor and model, decorated in 24K gold leaf. Makeup: Claire Gonella.

Amber with Wings

In this short set, Amber is depicted as an angel. The goal was to use a simple blue color to provide variation and gradients across both feathers and features.

Mariah – Pretty Dresses

Mariah looking great in four different dresses. I find great dresses at thrift stores, flea markets, clearance sales, and sometimes brand new — and now have more dresses (easily) than Sandra, my wife.

Ariel

A shoot with Ariel; the series covers a variety of moods by varying lighting, poses, props and sets.

2 of Hearts – Part 2

The second of the Two of Hearts is a little sad and very shy. She tries to play along when she has to, and keep to herself otherwise. And jealously watches…

Bodyscapes – Rebecca

The human form can take on abstract shapes, reminiscent of landscapes or architecture.

2 of Hearts – Part 1

Lively, outgoing, and perhaps a little needy, this first of the 2 of Hearts welcomes you to her enclave.

Viktoria Ballet – Part 1

A world class ballerina draws from her training to form elegant, timeless poses.

Viktoria Ballet – Part 2

Subtle sidelight captures the definition of Viktoria.

Mariah: Purple Invasion

Imagine a young woman falling into a world of purple. Will it consume her, or will she consume it?

O.C. Great Park Legacy Project

The Orange County Great Park’s land includes a former marine air base. Some of the builds are in active use, but mostly the runway and landscape have been turned over to nature. Eventually the area ...

Rebecca in Red

Everyone has a favorite color; Rebecca’s is red. Up until this shoot, I did not use colored gels much. After this shoot, I was convinced that gels are a core tool for photographer.

Maria Gerber: A Casual Shoot

Just a casual shoot with Maria, a local University student.

Natalie Watson

Los Angeles-based model Natalie Watson has kept busy on fashion runways, TV shows, print catalogs and most recently on a Super Bowl ad. With Natalie, I was able to try some very different types of ...

Los Angeles

Postcards from the City of Angels.

Irene at the Beach

Sandra and I met Irene at Laguna Beach; despite the heavy clouds, rain and inclement weather we went ahead with the shoot.

Jasmine: Anti-Fashion

Every hate your clothes? Ever want to fight back?

Mariah Feuerhelm

Portraits of Mariah Feuerhelm

Birds

Birds found in Southern California.

Jasmine Elliott: B&W Nudes

Classical poses in black-and-white from a fitness model.

Flowers

Flowers from gardens around Southern California. Many were shot in the Huntington Library.

Desert

The desert in Southern California is as alive as any forest, although that life is harder. Also there are a lot of abandoned houses and ranches.