All can glitter, if you make it gold

After my surgery, I was eager to plan something in New York. I have been thinking about this concept all throughout my recovery period and knew that Yasutaké Kosaka was just the man to pull of this amazing hair concept.

He created two amazing wigs that were absolutely beautiful. It was wonderful to do a street shoot again, I don't think I have done one since I was in school. I think the people of New York definitely got an eye full when our team walked down the street. It's not ever day you see a beautiful girl in a shinning gold wig! Well maybe less out of the ordinary in New York.....

Blood Milk Jewels that we used for the shoot.

Wardrobe layout 


 




Yuko Nakao dressing Muse Model Andrea Sheffield
Hey New York! We roll with our heads in boxes



We get a little weird after a long day of shooting! 


Look out for the published images in Esthétique Magazine issue 8.

Up all night, Sleep all day

   This shoot had so many hurtles, I think if it wasn't for the perfect combination of people on the team it would have been disastrous!
   Night time shoots are always challenging because everyone's energy is never as high as during the day but to add on to that issue it was also a rainy night. Talk about draaaaag. After a lot of initial confusion and everyone getting situated It was actually an amazingly funny night!

   The concept was insomnia, specifically how everything  seems to get more and more outlandish the further into sleep depravation you get.


I can not stress how amazing Christine is as a model, her personality and energy are amazing to have in the mix at a shoot. Beyond that I can always count on her to be willing to try any of my crazy ideas and look amazing while doing it!


   As it happens, we were all pretty sleep deprived by the end of this one. During the clean up and drive home we had all reached that wonderful part of exhaustion where absolutely EVERYTHING is funny. I guess this shoot was more in the vein of method acting... we were actually sleep deprived so we could relate completely to our subject matter! 


See the rest in Neon Black Magazine

  My sides hurt for days ;-)

Protect Me

   The idea of fashion as armor has been on my mind for a while now, and as some of you know, it is a theme that pops up  frequently in my shoots in some way or another. It is a concept I believe to be at the center of many fashion designs as well as the creation of clothing itself. Fashion is a means by which we keep what is inside, the entity of us, within ourselves. It acts as an armoring vessel. It is also a way to keep us protected from the world.

    I am really interested in exploring the iconography of traditional armor pieces as well as how they have influenced fashion. What is it about the shapes and texture of armor that, when mimicked, create  a type of mental armor that allows us to feel safe.

   This shoot has become a launching pad to what I am sure will be lengthy exploration of this idea.



The full editorial can be seen in Alexis Magazine Vol. 10
Select jewelry used in shoot by Blood Milk Jewelry

Spotlight: Christine Keenan

    Anyone that has heard me talk about or seen my photographs of her know that I have the biggest girl crush on Christin Keenan. She has braved fire, black lights, and lacerations to help create some of the most breathtaking and memorable images in my portfolio. Often when I have doubts about pulling off a shot because of logistical or time contraints she is the one urging me on.

    I think the fact that our first shoot together was my most intricate shoot at that point was miraculous gift of fate. That day she dealt with strange and incredibly specific poses, really bazaar accessories, and long hours. But that's when I knew I had my girl ;-)

   On my last trip to Boston we were finally able to get together and do a low key shoot; just friends hanging out, taking photos. Rose's boyfriend Rick has a trunk of studded vests, leather jackets, cuffs and other delightful things that he graciously allowed us to fawn over. A gleaming treasure trove of stage clothes and punk rock relics were our playthings for the day and some of our all time favorite things.





   After our shoot Christine put me on the guest list for her show, because unlink me, she is a rock star in real life. ;-) I have to say she does not disappoint, she is as much of a fire cracker on stage as she is in front of the camera.


Christine Lighting it up!
Christine Keenan & Jackie Puwalski <3

Christine, you rock my world!


Ai Kawashimo: CD Promo 2

  I really do feel privileged that I get to do photo shoots that so much fun. I get to work with a team that constantly has me on my toes with a permanent smile affixed to my face. My clients are also so much fun to work for, especially Ai. This is the second cd promo shoot we have done together and one of the things I love about her love of excess. She is always the first to suggest adding MORE, going BIGGER, getting more ELABORATE and it is just so much damn fun!

   She emailed me about scheduling this shoot with only the stipulation that she wanted one look with cat makeup, you heard me. I was stumped on how to make this work for a while but you know how I like a challenge and I quickly contacted Rose Fortuna and Yasutaké Kosaka we put our heads together to brainstorm an approach.

    The best thing as a photographer is when everything just flows, everyone contributes to the shoot and we create something together, and that definitely happened with this shoot. The photos came out great and so did the memories!

Spirited Magazine: Impenetrable Youth Editorial

  A look at the editorial I did for Spirited Magazine's 4th issue "Plastic City." It was a definitely a fun one because I got to work with my main girl Rose Fortuna and the wonderful Jeri Evan. Maya Luz wasn't able to make it to the actual shoot because of a scheduling conflict but she did send us an amazing box full  of goodies. Some her personal designs and some other pieces she put together for the shoots.

  I had been struggling with what exactly to do with the background but then I thought that It would be really interesting to play on the look of some of the latex pieces in the shoot. Utilizing glossy black trash bags, pieced together behind the model and attached together to create a giant parachute effect, we were able to create a really interesting dynamic.

In The Days of Innocence

  Shooting at The Harvard Museum of Natural History was an amazing experience. Thank you to my amazing team of Sam Mendoza, Rose Fortuna, Yasutaké Kosaka, and Tessa Morrissey @ Maggie (especially Tessa and Rose who came straight to set from a Karmaloop shoot earlier in the day, you guys are amazing.)

  The whole experience was unforgettable, it has secretly been a dream of mine to be locked away in a museum after hours. I can't remember the novel that instilled that desire in me but it has, at long last, been fulfilled!

  The story of this shoot is one of a girl who is the last living being. She lives and seeks comfort in a place where everything is posed and manicured to look alive, this museum.

  I have always thought museums rather strange places. Millions of people cycle through, pressing their hands to glass and looking at objects and specimens from the past. Things that have been void of life for sometimes thousands of years. It is interesting to think that, as a society, we are so uncomfortable with death that we do incredibly intricate things to make things appear alive forever.

  I like the idea that if a person was the last living being, they would seek out these places of suspended time and make them their reality, building relationships and reverence for the things contained within it's walls.


Tessa in the grand hall

See the rest on New Brahmin

In the night, We hear the call

  Anyone that has photographed Christine Keenan from Maggie can tell you that she is a force to be reckoned with on set, my favorite kind of model ( and my favorite type of girl!) She is always willing to do whatever it takes to get the shot and she has shown me an incredible amount of trust on numerous occasions, especially this shoot!

  At this point it is a joke between makeup artist Rose Fortuna, Christine, and I that eventually we will do a shoot where we don't cover her face in some crazy, all consuming makeup. But, to tell you the truth, she is one of the only models I trust to carry a shoot where your face is being covered. You have to really emote and push your gestures and Christine is amazing at that. So thank you Christine for having a little faith with these images and I can't wait to see you again!

   


Blacklight is one crazy mama' jama'.

This is what friends do, cover each other in paint and feathers. 
We got a little silly; I mean come on, we are in tribal paint.


Ke$sha eat your heart out!












Just a few images from our shoot!


Everything is magic

   The photo shoot that almost never was! I literally didn't know until 10 minutes before our location call time whether we would have permission to do this shoot. Luckily everything came together and everyone involved was gracious enough to go with the flow!

  I had previously done an amazing shoot in this historical house with model Christine Keenan and was dying to get back into the location before leaving Boston. It ended up being the best match for a shoot with Rich that I had been kicking around ever since the Idee Fixe editorial we shot together. Rich is a true renaissance man embodying the roles of actor, model, author, magician and I am sure many more. 

  The idea behind the shoot was  to see the man behind the mystery so to speak. The illusion of a man who deals in such; The practicality is magic and the magic is in the mystery of how it comes to be. 


Gatta love when you get to prop a shoot!

(Rose Fortuna doing some light work on model Rich Manley)

I think Rich was born to be primped!
(Model Rich Manley and Stylist Amanda Maciel Antunes)

(Model Rich Manley and I, we were both wishing that we could buy this house!)

("Quick everyone hold a prop!")


....It will be so Magical when you get to see a glimpse of the images!

Casual Vintage

One of my last shoots in Boston and it is with two people who has grown to be one of my closest friends, Liz Woodward and Rose Fortuna. Liz bravely stepped out from behind the camera to model some of her fantastic vintage wardrobe for me.

I am constantly impressed by the amazing things she picks up in various vintage and thrift stores. There have even been a few times when something looked less than beautiful until she put it on and then suddenly it worked! I am a little envious of her classic style sometimes and wish that just once I could rock a collared dress without looking like it is halloween =)
Rose doing Liz's Hair and Make up, Liz was lovin' it!


The fantastic green ring find, Love it!

Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot!











Thanks for the fun day in the rain girls!