Ashley & Shawn: Separate Togetherness (The Engagement)

February 14, 2018 in Photography

When Ashley & Shawn shared with me the big news of their upcoming nuptials, I couldn’t wait to collaborate on fun engagement pics with the happy couple!  Ashley (knowing the way to my heart) presented me with some inspiration images, including a 1961 cover of Playboy and the concept of “Separate Togetherness”.  Add in inspiration from one of my favorite movies, Pillow Talk, a bunch of personal details pertaining to Ashley & Shawn, one of my favorite photographers, Colleen Durkin, as stylist/co-art director and the super fab hair & makeup stylings of Jezabel Carolina Rico and this is what you get!:) ūüôā ūüôā


Assistant & Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Styling: Colleen Durkin
Hair & Makeup: Jezabel Carolina Rico

Our Lives Magazine, January 2015: Brian Firkus, the creator of Trixie Mattel

February 26, 2015 in Photography

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ¬†Trixie is going to be on TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ¬†This Monday, March 2nd on Logo TV you can watch Trixie compete on¬†RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 7)!!!!!!:)

Patrick Farabaugh, of Our Lives Magazine, literally made my day when he sent the¬†email asking if I was interested in photographing the fabulous, Trixie Mattel!!! ¬†Brian Firkus is the creator of Trixie and a photographer’s dream:¬†model, hair & makeup artist, and costume designer¬†all in one! ¬†We talked about incorporating¬†Brian’s hair & makeup talents into our concept¬†which made me think about the¬†Barbie Stylin’ Head I always wanted as a kid-my parents never bought me¬†one because they knew I would have immediately¬†chopped the hair off and cried! ¬†The Doll Collector¬†image was inspired by my Great Aunt Alda who used to display her collection of dolls in her bedroom, just out of my reach from me and my scissors!:)


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Assistants: Brian Gladkowski, Angela Mata Moriarity
Stylist: Sasha Hodges
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

Love for Trixie Mattel!!!‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

February 13, 2015 in Photography

I LOVE Trixie Mattel!!!

The moment I saw the first pic of Trixie, it was truly love at first sight! ¬†Special thanks to our matchmaker, Patrick Farabaugh from Our Lives Magazine who set us up on our first date (keep an eye¬†out for a TBT post soon!)! ¬†During our first phone conversation my love just grew stronger; we talked about the color pink, Barbies, the 60’s, Jayne Mansfield, Miss Yvonne, dressing up, and having fun! ¬†Talk about making my heart beat faster!!!:)

For Valentine’s Day, there was nothing I wanted more than to shower my lovely muse with handmade gifts of love which now I can share¬†with you! ¬†A VERY special thank you to¬†my Valentine’s Day collaborators, most notably our amazing box artist, Emily Franklin, and the man of too¬†many talents to list, Brian Gladkowski!

Starting on March 2nd, you can watch (and cheer on!!!) Trixie competing on¬†RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 7)-be sure to watch!!!!!!!!!:)




Man who does it all!: Brian Gladkowski
Handmade Box Artist: Emily Franklin
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla
Special thanks to: Sarah Crump, Jacqueline Ayala, Grace Allen, Angela Mata, Gonzalo Guzman & Bob Paulson