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

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!