Golden Goddess

Oh how I love the wonderful, creative people I get to work with! For this editorial, the model Meliz put together the entire concept, outfit, and location, and I was excited she asked me to bring it to life with my photography. This was one of the rare early-morning photoshoots I’ve done, but the lighting was well worth it! Everything was glowing gold and Meliz exuded total goddess vibes! I also love how everything is in harmony with the Earth and she looks like an Earth-protecting strong female warrior.

Model, Makeup, Styling: Meliz S @gypsy_danger
Photographer: NatVon Photography @natvonphoto
Headdress: Michelle Curiel @artisticalshell
Pants: Temple Ro @templerosf
Location: Los Gatos, California

Leslie Gray

Model & Styling: Leslie Gray @lesliegrayyy
Photographer: NatVon Photography @natvonphoto
Outfit: @xxgabzz and @_mamadoux_
Location: San Jose, California

          Leslie and I have been shooting since day one and I always admire how our creativity flows together. She recently moved to Colorado but happened to be in town, so we jumped on the opportunity to create some photoshoot magic. We came up with the theme and location on short notice, then executed Purple Paradise Perfection! Leslie's birthday was a couple days after the shoot, so we decided this was her birthday shoot which makes it extra special.  Plus, purple is our favorite color!

More about Leslie
Age: 26
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Birthstone: Pearl
Profession: Performer
Favorite festival: Lucidity
Favorite quote: "What you seek is seeking you" -Rumi
Hidden talent: She loves scuba diving!
Social media: @lesliegrayyy

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

 

 

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."

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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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