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

In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat 2018

In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat (www.HawaiiHoopDance.com)
Produced by Caroline Pauline Cárdenas creator of The Hula Hoop Girl (www.TheHulaHoopGirl.com)
January 20-27, 2018
Location: Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island, Hawaii

        The intention of In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat was to create a safe, inviting, and loving space to inspire the mind, body, and soul to experience the transformational power of joy replenishment through Body & Movement Play. The week consisted of seven days filled with several workshops taught by some of the world's best hoopdance instructors, morning yoga classes taught by a talented Somatic Psychologist and Yoga Teacher, dining on a variety of delicious organic meals prepared by the Kalani staff, and free time in the jungles to roam and explore. 

        This retreat and the powerful, caring women who helped imagine and create this experience will always hold a dear place in my heart. Together, we laughed, cried, played, and as Caroline would say, danced in the center of our joy. Photographing the retreat was one of the most exciting and fulfilling photography projects I have ever experienced. After being immersed in the fullness of the week’s activities, connections, and creative expression with all of the women at the retreat, I knew that I was living my dream job and felt even more inspired to forge ahead and pursue my vision of becoming a full-time photographer to share my art with the world. My heart is full of gratitude and so much joy and I am forever shaped by this amazing time when we all danced in the center of our joy in the jungles of the Big Island. 

       If you are interested in a Soul fulfilling experience, check out what In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat is all about. I assure you that your joy will be replenished and you will learn new hoopdance tricks and techniques, create great memories, and make great friends too! 

UPDATE: Due to recent Kīlauea eruptions, lava flow, earthquakes, presence of toxic gasses and road closures impacting the Kalani Retreat Center, the decision has been made to cancel In-Depth 2019. In Caroline's words, "It has been my honor to produce the final In-Depth Hawaii Hoopdance Retreat! My hope is to return to one of the Hawaiian Islands in the future to offer another Hoopdance Retreat again. Only time will tell and only Mother Nature will dictate what the future holds…Stay tuned for a new Hoopdance Retreat in a new location for 2020 or 2021."

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Gail O'Brien's Workshop

Gail O'Brien's Workshop

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Rachel Lust's Workshop

Rachel Lust's Workshop

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Caroline Cardenas' Workshop

Caroline Cardenas' Workshop

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Tulasi's Yoga Class

Tulasi's Yoga Class

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Adventure day!

Adventure day!

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Caroline Cardenas and Tulasi Adeva

Caroline Cardenas and Tulasi Adeva

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Morgan Jenkins

Morgan Jenkins

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Melissa's Leg Hooping Workshop

Melissa's Leg Hooping Workshop

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Morgan Jenkins' Hoopography Workshop

Morgan Jenkins' Hoopography Workshop

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Black Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach

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Gail O'Brien

Gail O'Brien

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Thanks to Caroline for getting some photos of me!

Thanks to Caroline for getting some photos of me!

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Amy Fire Dancing

You may find Amy fire spinning at festivals this summer, or making unique hula hoop designs in the south Bay Area. She is a badass and we had an awesome time shooting at Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, California. The golden light and sand and salt water on our feet made for an enjoyable experience, as well as putting on a magical show of fire spinning! This was my first time photographing fire spinning and it was quite different than photographing normal hooping and flow arts. Because the fire was HOT and close to her skin, there was much less time for posed shots, and a lot more of invigorating high-speed shooting and spinning! 

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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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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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