WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PICK UP A CAMERA?
My sophomore year in high-school I took a Photography class just because it was a medium I had not worked with yet, and fell in love. What originally captured my heart was working in the darkroom. I would spend hours and hours in there and would be completely entranced. I had a wonderfully encouraging teacher, and she urged me to apply to art school and continue with photography; and I did! I started college still working in the darkroom but eventually was lured away by the immediate gratification of digital cameras; and now here I am.
WHAT PARTICULAR CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE WITH EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY AS OPPOSED TO OTHER GENRES?
Well I don't view myself as shooting erotic photography. There can be erotic qualities that show up in some of my work, but it is generally unintentional. With that being said, maybe my challenge is recognizing the erotic themes that somehow find their way into my photographs. I don't intentionally bring anything sexual and or erotic into my work, but I suppose when you photograph pretty ladies, it happens.
DO YOU PREFER TO SHOOT WITH FILM OR DIGITAL?
I would absolutely adore shooting in film again, but having a darkroom and buying film all the time isn't always feasible. After shooting digital for the past 5 years and becoming accustomed to the immediate gratification; I'm sure I'll stick with digital for the most part.
DO YOU THINK PINUP AND FETISH ARE BECOMING PART OF THE MAINSTREAM CULTURE?
Pinup and fetish are definitely on their way to becoming part of mainstream culture I think. People like Katie Perry, Dita Von Teese, and Betsey Johnson are definitely making the pinup style more appealing to the younger crowd and I've noticed tons of girls dressing with that pinup flair. There also seems to now be a million pinup models and photographers. Maybe not as much with fetish but you are starting to see it around a lot more I think, especially with artists like Lady Gaga and her followers dancing around in latex haha.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CREATIVE MEDIUMS YOU WORK IN?
I dabble in painting, sewing,sculpting and random crafts. I also build the sets for my photographs, so that is a pretty big creative outlet for me.
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE?
I listen to a lot of metal, mainly Black and Folk metal. Depending on my mood though, I will listen to classical, ridiculous 80's music, or random pop songs. Never rap or country though, never.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
Pretty much everything I do involves making art in some fashion; whether it's photographing a pretty lady, doing makeup,getting tattoo'd or building sets. I'm not really one to go out and party and do typical "fun" things.
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Model & Photo Credits:
Deanna MarieNicole Roberts
Dress is by Rockin Bones
MUA is Lyse