MC1R Magazine x Larsen Thompson

This was my first shoot for a magazine. I had worked with Tristan from MC1R before but it was with my self-portraits and an interview about me. This time, he took a chance, and let me photograph this amazing talent, Larsen. Larsen is an incredible dancer and for fifteen, she has accomplished so much. Photographing her was absolutely a breeze and I loved every second of her. I'm hoping, even though she is super busy, that I can continue to have a working relationship with her. She has been one of my favorite people to photograph. Don't underestimate this one, she is special for sure. 

Photographer // Hattie Watson

Clothing // LocalAuthorityLA

Model // Larsen Thompson


Spent some time in Denver to catch up on work. It's been a while since we could do any sort of social media or editing which honestly, was nice but, still stressful. I don't think we did much in Colorado other than work and catch up with a few friends but really nothing eventful. I got to shoot with the ever amazing Mark Sink and Kristen Hatgi again. Working with them is always pleasurable. Mark does these fantastic wheat paste all over Denver and Kristen is her own work of art as she always has crazy floral arrangement ideas to shoot. I wish my brain operated like theirs. It's hard to think outside of the box in a way others do not. 

It's been a minute since we had any service. It's been wonderful spending time where you are not connected to the internet world. It's hard to keep up with friends and family as well as with social media and work, but it's worth it. I can barely even remember what happened in Nashville. I didn't get to see many of my friends there because they were all out of town but I did make new friends via Chase. I got to meet Casstronaut, who was someone i've been wanting to meet for a long time now. Chase's dad flew us over the Buffalo River in Arkansas. The White River was beautiful too. When the mist would just come over it around dusk, you couldn't help but try to photograph it. Most of this trip, the weather has not been ideal. It seems that everywhere we leave tends to have some kind of bad weather after. We spent a few days catching up on some things at my parents house in southeast Texas and then had to go to my sister's baby shower as well. Austin was just catching up with friends as well. Finally got a chance to go to Big Bend and Marfa. Big Bend was our first camping experience on the trip. We got blasted with a gnarly thunderstorm and the bugs were insane. Drac got stung by something and wouldn't walk on one of her legs for most of the day. Big Bend all around wasn't all that great of an experience. I think we will have to try it again some day. My friend Alec put us up in Marfa. Again, more bad weather but his house was perfect to stay in. I was exhausted from the night before in Big Bend that I had to nap as soon as we got to his place and turns out everything there closes at 3pm. We checked out the Marfa lights. Interesting, but who is to say what it really is I guess. Marfa is a cute little town and I love all the art and the small town feel. We stopped by El Cosmico just to see what it was and it was packed with people. It was like a small little festival. I don't need to be around that. I like a much more chill environment with a few good friends. We went through the White Sands right on Memorial Day which happened to be my birthday this year. It was packed with people but we got to shoot some really beautiful photos and watch an amazing sunset. We got an airbnb place near Mesilla, NM. We got to relax in a hot tub and then had a good nights rest before we headed to Phoenix. Phoenix was so hot, of course but we did stay in a little trailer with an outdoor shower in the back of an artist compound. Woke up the next morning and had coffee in the front of it while chatting with many of the locals that would come in. It's kind of great some times to just randomly talk to people and forget about what you initially were suppose to be doing. I'm learning to slow down a bit. I tend to always have to move and always be going and doing something while Chase typically knows how to take in things a bit more. We drove from Phoenix all the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. It was by far way better of a drive and a view than the south rim and way less people. We finally got to do some primitive camping outside of the park up in the mountains with no one around. It was a beautiful night. The stars were so bright and we had a fire and soup for dinner. It was nice to be in the middle of nowhere with no one around. How camping should really be. I do wish we would have spent a bit more time but like I said, It's hard for me to slow down. I don't know why I feel so compelled to keep moving. I just feel like sometimes I'm not going to have enough time to see or experience anything before I have to work again. So I tend to rush. Zion ended up being excruciatingly busy. Summer time is definitely not the season to go. I knew this before we went but though it might still be okay. I was so bummed about not being able to stay there or really visit because of the amount of people. We just ended up heading to Bryce Canyon instead. Still didn't get a chance to hike into Bryce Canyon. We were a bit nervous hiking with Dracula plus most places don't let dogs on trails. Screw that. She hikes better than both of us. We did camp in a very pretty remote area in the Dixie National Forest though. It got a bit too cold for Chase. Looks like we need to get a bit warmer of a sleeping bag for him. We made the drive on 12 E to HWY 24 to 70 E to Moab, UT. This drive was by far one of the prettiest and unreal drives I have ever made. I've never seen so much different terrain and weather every hour. Southern Utah is unreal. We camped along the Colorado River for 3 nights. Probably the best camping we have had this trip. We managed to go in Arches but honestly we were much more interested in explore outside of the parks. After that drive, you just realize that you could see beautiful nature scenes not even going into the parks. I got told to head to Moab Roasters to meet a girl named Dawn to figure out swimming holes and places to explore. Chase and I woke up one morning and headed to get breakfast at Love Muffin. We ended up sitting and chatting to Eric, a cyclist that has been traveling the country strictly on bike and a girl named Dawn, who had moved to Moab 3 months ago, living in her Subaru and is a great painter. Turns out this Dawn was the Dawn I was suppose to go meet that day and randomly was already talking and having breakfast with her. We spent the day hiking and swimming with them. It was much more of the adventure we were looking for. Glad to have made some new found friends that are both on similar life paths that we are. I don't think I could express what the nights were like in Moab. The moon was full every night we were there and it was so bright that you could even see colors of the rocks. I wish we could have spent a month there honestly. It was hard leaving Utah. Chase made a joke that Colorado's motto should be "sorry we're not Utah". Colorado is beautiful in its own way though. I've always loved Colorado just never been a huge fan of Denver. Just keep searching for the adventure. 

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Savannah was great! Absolutely beautiful. I think, in some part of my heart, I could possibly live there. I shot for Mamie Ruth, a wonderful clothing company located at 107 W. Liberty St. The girls who run the shop were so great! There were probably 10 of us that all rode out to Tybee Island to shoot. It was a 3 mile bike ride out to this amazing ending tree, that had flags and crazy decor everywhere. The humidity and bugs out there were brutal and we had very limited time to shoot due to a storm moving in. When we decided it was time to head back, hoping to miss the storm, the 3 miles back seemed a lot longer. I ended up getting part of dress I was wearing stuck in the spoke of the bike, bringing it to a stop, and making one of the photographers, Molly, crash into me. Leave it to me to have an accident. I now have a giant bruise on my butt still healing. We made it into the cars just in time for it to really pour. I know some of the girls got soaked. We finished the shoot up at Jeff and Molly's house. It was filled with mid-century furniture and tons of things that would be and ideal late 60's early 70's home. Chase and I fell in love with it. The day was long and we were definitely exhausted. Luckily we had a hotel for the night. Unfortunately, it was not dog friendly and we had to sneak Dracula in a bag. We did end up heading to IHOP for some eggs though. I miss having eggs every morning. We need to get a cooler to have some on the road.

After Savannah, we head through to Orlando. It was my first time there. I've always wanted to go to Disney World and Epcot. I'm finally there and can't go. Why must it be so expensive? We got a hotel too that night. It was a really cute and cheap hotel and I got to make breakfast for us the next morning. We have been really into matcha lately as well. Trader Joe's had some, so I bought it for us to have while traveling. We've been seeing a lot of rain the beginning of the trip. I'm sure later we will be more thankful for it. We met Javier Betancourt and his girl in Miami. They hosted us in their lovely home and we were both thrilled to get matching tattoos from Javier. He is 28/29 and owns his own shop Ocho Placas. The shop was filled with some really friendly and great artists. We didn't get much time to really explore Miami, and we bypassed the Everglades. We went straight to Sanibel Island where we spent about an hour on the beach. I'm not for going into ocean water anymore, even when it's pretty but Chase convinced me to. The funny thing is, the second I did, we both got stung by a jellyfish. Dracula went straight into the ocean. I assumed because she was so hot. Then she continued to roll around in the sand until she could have been a part of the Mad Max crew. She was so covered. I would have liked to explore a bit more there though. It was one of the few pet friendly beaches. We did try to find a interesting hotel in Fort Myers Beach but people were not very friendly every time I went to ask about a room. We ended up getting a hotel in Fort Myers for the night which wasn't very exciting. We got to meet Jason Minauro and his lovely girl Megan in Clearwater. It was the weekend so we didn't even try to go to the beach. We did however have a lovely evening with these two and headed out the next morning to Panama City to try and camp. Well, that didn't work at all. I didn't reserve the campsite we were trying to stay out and they ended up being booked. It was probably for the best though since there was a huge storm that came through. We rode out the storm in my car while eating rice crackers and potato salad. After the storm past, we decided to just drive until we couldn't anymore into Alabama. We ended up finding a really random hotel somewhere outside of Montgomery. Next day we drove straight into Birmingham. We were so lucky to stay with Kelly Steffey and Hamilton. They had a beautiful farm outside of the city that was secluded and on a lake. There were chickens, goats, donkeys, water fowl, and a horse roaming around. They made us fresh breakfast every morning and dinner every night. We never even left the farm. It was truly a paradise. Kelly is a photographer that i've been wanting to work with some time. Little did I know that her and Hamilton have a soap and skincare company now. She was even nice enough to send us off with some. 

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Chase and I have started our journey to the west finally. It was a crazy hectic past few months getting everything packed for the road and getting the apartment cleaned out. It was really wonderful our first stop being Ellicott City. It's a really wonderful little city. I loved being able to see where Chase spent a lot of his time when he was younger. It's crazy how a place like that could be so close to a place like Baltimore. We both ended up getting Alpha tattoos by Leroy at Ghost town. Lee has been a really close friend of Chase's for a long time. He was a really sweet guy. I'm so glad I got to meet him and the shop was by far, one of the coolest i've been at in a long time. Yesterday was pretty long. I had two shoots in two separate cities. DC to Durham to Charlotte at 1:30am.  Luckily my friend Nik and Jon were still up. The past few days have been somewhat surreal. Chase says he lives a surreal life. I am starting to believe him. In Charlotte, we woke up and had delicious breakfast at Zada Janes then heading to a parking garage to get a skyline view of the city. Luckily today there was no rain, just overcast. We went by a new bar called Hattie's as well. The bar owner opened it in October and named it after her grandmother. She was sweet enough to give me a t-shirt. Matt Hooker, about a month ago, contacted me about doing a mural of me on the back patio of the tavern. Of course I had to say yes! It wasn't started during this visit due to the amount of rain they have been getting but I absolutely am so honored and flattered to be a part of a mural in Charlotte at a tavern called Hattie's. So great! Tomorrow, we head to Savannah. I've actually never been so looking forward to it. 

Gypsy Warrior x Helen Castillo

Helen Castillo and Gypsy Warrior team up and created the cutest summer dress. I was so happy with Helen contacted me to be a part of this shoot. I've been a follower of both Gypsy Warrior and Helen for a bit now. I'm not much of a dress girl but this dress was so perfect, I took it home with me. It fit like a glove. I can't wait to wear it more this summer when I am traveling across the country for 3 months.

Photo // Melinda Dimauro