Trixie Mattel & Brian Firkus: Two Birds

May 2, 2017 in Photography

Today is a very exciting day for country music!  Currently, my collection includes legends such as Dolly, Johnny, Hank (1 & 3), Patsy, and Loretta; as of today, Brian & Trixie join these master crooners!!!!!!!  I am SOOOO excited to promote the release of drag legend Trixie Mattel/Brian Firkus‘s FANTASTIC new album, Two Birds, now available on iTunes!!!!!!  As always, it was such a pleasure collaborating with the AMAZING Trixie on this super fun conceptual shoot!  Inspiration for the album art was drawn from 60s and 70s country albums with a little bit of “Green Acres” thrown in there too (so in love with those sets & Eva Gabor <sigh>!!!). Trixie is the kind of client I throw out all the stops for-this includes taking a machete to the park, asking the ex-husband for a favor, and bringing into the studio tall grass (I’m highly allergic to) with fragile fuzzy plumes that shed EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!  Don’t worry, I survived and I’m thrilled with our collaboration; check out our awesome new pics below and go give the album a listen!:)

XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Tom Michas
Intern: Jiaqi Li
Prop Assist: Amber Halaka
Fence: Emotive Reclaim, check out Rob’s AWESOME work here: website and Instagram
Retouching: Tom Michas (Tomikiss)
Special thanks: Robbie Vasquez III

Happy Father’s Day!!! (subtitle: If Trixie Mattel had daughters)

June 16, 2016 in Photography

I think it only makes sense to start out a Father’s Day blog post by telling everyone my dad is THE BEST (my mom too of course!)!  I am truly lucky to have amazing and supportive parents who constantly encourage me even when my ideas might be a little crazy!:) 🙂 🙂

Trixie Mattel/Brian Firkus and I are constantly brainstorming fun ideas for new photographs and we both wanted to honor dads this month.  The idea of shooting Brian as a non-Trixie character was too good to pass up!  After some extensive research, I found the perfect family of triplets for us to foster.  May I present Jackie, Roxy, and Dolly – 3 tough little gals that are looking better than ever after their trip to the hair salon!  Our set was inspired in part by the television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; I LOVE the details like the window frame with no window and the house plant behind it!:)  I wonder if my parents realized how much the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” was going to influence my life!;)  Happy Father’s Day to all of the awesome dads out there (especially mine!!)!!!

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XOXO!!!:
Assistant: Jacqueline Ayala
Wardrobe Stylist: Sasha Hodges
Interns: Dolly Nguyen, Roxy Yang
Retouching: Jeff Whitlock

Happy Trixie Easter!!!

March 25, 2016 in Photography

I think it’s pretty clear I want to spend ALL of my holidays with my favorite muse, Trixie Mattel!!!:) 🙂 🙂  I’m not sure if you have heard, but Trixie has moved to Hollywood to become an even bigger star!!!  In honor of the move, our latest shoot was inspired by vintage movie star promotional photographs combined with a little bit of creepy bunny to help celebrate the holiday!  Also, just for the record, rabbits are known to be herbivores and no baby chicks were harmed in the making of these photographs!  Hope you all have a Happy Trixie Easter!!!  XOXO!!!!

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XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Jacqueline Ayala, Brian Gladkowski, & Tom Michas
Intern:  Travon Newbern
Prop Artist: Emily Franklin
Retouching: Sami (with a ♥ over the i) Hylla

2016: A Happy Trixie New Year!!!

December 31, 2015 in Photography

It’s been said, you are supposed to spend New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in preparation for what you want to happen in the upcoming year.  There is nothing I want more than to spend the next year working with my favorite (& future favorite!!) creative collaborators!  Checkout this very special NYE shoot we did yesterday with one of my favorite creative babes, the ultra fabulous Trixie Mattel!!!:) 🙂 🙂  Wishing everyone the best for the new year!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXOX!!!!!!!!!

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XOXO!!!:
Assistants: Brian Gladkowski & Tom Michas
Intern:  Travon Newbern
(You can’t ever have too much glitter & rhinestones) Prop Artist: Emily Franklin
Clock Fabricator/Problem Solver: Dane Larsen
Retouching: Sarah Crump

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

Love for Trixie Mattel!!!♥♥♥♥♥

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!!!!!!!!!:)

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XOXO!!!:
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