Content Magazine

It was a pleasure an honor to photograph some of the most influential hoopers of Silicon Valley for publication in Content Magazine. Nessia and Ronn Starr are a husband and wife team who founded TrinityStarr, a business which offers weekly hoop classes, custom made hoops, hosts monthly hoop jams, and much more!  They are super sweet and I became instant friends with them during the shoot!  Check out Content Magazine issue 9.4 to read more.

Trinity Starr website:
http://trinitystarr.com/TrinityStarr/Home.html

Content Magazine issue 9.4:
https://issuu.com/store/publishers/content-magazine/issues/perform_9.4_full_digital

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RING QUEENS

When I moved to the south bay over a year and a half ago I immediately connected up with the local hooping community. These girls became my first and best friends and we share so many fun experiences together. Olivia came up with the name Ring Queens for our hoop sisterhood and the name stuck.  These photos were taken during a hoop jam that Jordan put on in Downtown San Jose.  After jamming out for a while we walked over to my favorite purple wall and took these shots!!  

Models: Jordan Erickson, Amy Sargent, Olivia Miller, Me

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Sara

I'm so excited I got to shoot with my friend Sara! She and I met at our mutual friend's birthday getaway weekend where we went wine tasting, hooped, and adventured together and have been friends since! Her red hair, "atomic smile", and ukulele skills made her an inspiring subject to photograph. Sara is currently an ESL teacher, and has plans in the near future to travel to India to get her yoga teacher certification. The shoot took place at a park in Los Gatos, California, where I found a spot where the lighting was just perfect! Enjoy :)

Photographer: NatVon Photography @natvonphoto
Model: Sara M @wanderlustdriver
Pendant: Third Eye Pinecones
Top: Free People

 

 

Forest Hooping

Photoshoot with hooper Samantha V. 
Leggings by Slit Weave
Location: Nisene Marks State Park, California

Interview with Samantha Varada
Hometown: San Martin, California

Q: How and when did you start hooping?
I started hooping because I wanted to find something flow/dance oriented after I stopped gloving. Definitely inspired by OG hoopers in the rave scene. I don't really rave anymore and hooping had become my own personal flow expression. My first hoop was a duck taped toy hoop from Target and I've been hooping consistently for about three years now.

Q: What is your favorite thing about hooping?
My favorite thing about hooping was that it was my way into the wonderful world of dance/flow. I've always loved dance but it was never anything I was exposed to as a kid. The hoop was a way for me to be a part of a world that I've only ever admired from afar.

Q: What is your favorite hoop diameter?
This is kind of always changing for me as I progress or depending on how much in practice I am. Essentially anything from a 26 to 29 is awesome for me. I love isolations but I also love on-body too.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
I'm kind of obsessed with waffles. It's an actual food group for me.

Q: What is your favorite inspirational quote?
"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms." - Zen Shin

The Golden Choke

Photoshoot for The Golden Choke @thegoldenchoke
Photographer: NatVon Photography @natvonphoto
Model: Sarah Lynn of HMM Agency @marielynn27
Hair and Makeup: Macy Raye Graham at Vivace Salon Pleasanton @by.macy.raye

This photoshoot was a #GIRLBOSS collaboration between me and some of my hometown friends.  Lanea Warren, founder and owner of The Golden Choke, creates the choker necklaces by hand, each with an added touch of a Swarovski crystal and a 24k gold bead.  Her company's mission is to bring about awareness for domestic violence and sexual abuse, as well as encouraging women to embrace their sensuality.  Hair and makeup styling took place at Vivace Salon, a luxurious salon with a patio and garden, in where we shot the first look. Macy worked her magic to create this flawless whimsical look on San Jose model Sarah Lynn. This is my second time shooting with Sarah.  I love shooting with her because she has a beautifully unique way of portraying her essence and emotion through modeling.  Soon after this shoot she shaved her head and headed off to Maui to explore. She stated that she shaved her head in order to work on inner confidence and said that, "I think especially these days girls worry about what they look like and what people think about them, but I say forget that because everyone is different and everyone deserves to be confident in who God has made them to be."

GLEAM TEAM: 

Content Magazine's Model Monday

Photographer: NatVon Photography
Model: Leilani of Look Model Agency SF
Makeup Artist: Josanna Aguilar
Hair Stylist: Liz Navarro
Stylist: Mina Sattari
Wardrobe: Johnny Was Clothing
Location: Ulistac Nature Area, Santa Clara, CA

I had a lot of fun working with an amazing creative team for this shoot!  Having the shoot styled by one of my favorite clothing brands, Johnny Was, was a dream come true.  This shoot was also one of the most difficult shoots I have ever done, as it was raining, sometimes even pouring during the duration of the shoot. But we pulled it off and managed to create some magical moments, both on and off-camera!

The Model Monday blog post can be viewed here: 
http://content-magazine.com/home/model-monday-leilani/

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Behind the scenes photos:

Haunted

 

Photographer/Stylist: NatVon Photography
Model: Leslie Gray @lesliegrayyyy
Makeup Artist: Josanna Aguilar @hanieebabiee
Dress: KillStarCo
Choker: StandOut Jewels

Caitlin

Loved this shoot with Caitlin! The shoot took place at my favorite shooting location in Pleasanton on a beautiful summer day.  Caitlin is also a makeup artist and did her hair and makeup for the shoot.  The dress is by Free People. I tried out some new techniques with my lenses to get some rainbowy and hazy effects.  Enjoy!

Virsces

Loved shooting with the band Virsces!  Virsces is a San Francisco-based band established in 2016 by lead singer Dara Korn and guitarist/pianist Cody Keller.   The electronic rock duo blends dreamy electronica with dark, melodic, riff-heavy rock.  They are set to deliver their debut EP, Begin Again, over Summer 2016.  Check out their first single, Levees, on their website www.virsces.com!

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Pure Faery Gold

This photoshoot with Karina in Santa Cruz, California was one of my most favorite photoshoots of all time.  It had everything a good photoshoot needed including a beautiful model, perfect lighting, and an amazing location.  But what really made it special was the adventure aspect to it and the unexpected surprises.  After hiking around for the perfect shooting spot, the clouds moved over the sun to create the most perfect soft gold light.  Karina is a rare real-life fairy so there was no problem photographing her shining her true beauty in the most natural state.  Literally the minute we stopped shooting in the woods, the clouds moved out from in front of the sun revealing a vivid display of sunset colors.  We transformed into the next look and then ran to the nearest beach cliff to soak our souls in the incredible sunset and let our creativity flow.  Karina had a box filled with crystals that looked really amazing in the light and I was literally in awe about how perfect everything was at that moment!  It was so hard to stop taking pictures but when we finally did we just sat to watch the sunset and we saw a whale breach!  We watched it come up a few times then continued to talk about life and dreams.  Karina totally inspired me and shared some of the most amazing beauty secrets with me!!  Hope the photos show the magic, inspiration, and beauty we experienced during this shoot.  Enjoy!


Photoshoot with Mila Givens of JE Models

This photoshoot in Oakland, CA was an interesting experience!  After doing so many shoots in secluded nature recently, it was a lot different shooting on a busy city street.  Mila and I endured the honking cars, nosy passerbys, hooting and hollering, and having to "be a customer" to use restrooms as fitting rooms.  The only thing I went into this photoshoot expecting was for Mila to be there and I knew the location of the pink wall.  The rainbow wall art and purple flowers from a small flower shop were exquisite delights I discovered while shooting.  Enjoy!

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