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Photographer: Mariana Quevedo Photography/ Makeup: Rahela Williams

The beginning of this journey is sort of blurry for me. I remember my senior year of high school, my artsy friends would ask to take photos of me for their classes. I never thought much of it, but it was always fun to have new photos to post on Instagram and Facebook. For me it was never anything more than that. However, as time went on I became more and more interested in fashion. Everything about the fashion industry intrigued me: the different styles that I previously had no clue existed, photo shoots, fashion shows. It was all so new and exciting.

I was working two jobs at the time, so it was nice to finally have some sort of an outlet. I started looking for more people to work with and connected with different artists: makeup, hair, designers, photographers and started planning different photo shoots. What started out as a time filler became a passion, a way to express myself and let the artist in me out.

Three years later, here I am. All of the friendships I’ve made and projects I’ve been a part of have turned a hobby into much more.

Photographer: Fan the Flame/ Makeup: Rahela Williams/ Hair+Wardrobe: JodyKrevens

Tsura

Photographer: Fan the Flame

Styling and Hair: Jody Krevens /Makeup: Rahela Williams /Wolfdog: Lucian

It was during Portland Fashion Week 2014 when I first saw then 15 year old designer Kate Miles share her collection. She had many fabulous pieces, but one in particular caught my eye: a big black tulle dress with a handmade glass corset. As I laid my eyes on the dress I knew it was time to plan another project. An epic dress deserved an epic story, so I began my hunt for the key piece to this project-a wolfdog: a dog mixed with low to high content of wolf. I had the opportunity to work with Lucian, an upper mid content wolfdog back home in Ohio, and I was itching to work with another beautiful dog. After a little bit of searching I met Tracy and Tsura via Facebook. Tracy lives in Oregon with Tsura, a 80/20 British Colombian Wolf-Malamute mix.

 On a cloudy day in February, I met Tsura for the first time. Don't let the peaceful expressions on my face fool you, I was a nervous being so close to such a big beauty, but she was a sweetheart. The end results...well just take a look for yourself!

Photographer: Michelle Dorman Designer: Kate Miles /Makeup: Sable Desiree /Hair: Shontia

Kentucky

It was the summer of 2013 when I was given an invitation to work with the photographer Joshua Eskridge, along with some of the best creatives in Louisville: hair, makeup, and designer. The concept of the project: an all white studio editorial- I said yes, packed my bags and headed down. I have never met individuals who are  so in love with their craft, and so amazing at it too; till this day some of my favorite people to work with.

Almost a year later I was asked to work with Joshua, Matthew, Isidro, and Genna again on photos that would be submitted to the North American Hairstyling Awards. If you've never heard of it, the best of the best in the U.S and Canada submit creative studio work in different categories ranging from hair texture to hair color. It was two days of hair, makeup, and some of the wildest designs I've had the pleasure to work with.

It's been almost two years now since my last trip to Kentucky, but I will never forget the friendships and connections that were made that summer.

Photographer: Joshua Eskridge Designer: Genna Yussman  Hair: Matthew Tyldesley Makeup: Isidro Valencia