I don’t typically work with models. Between the lack of shooting for myself and a desire to photograph women who have never seen themselves professionally shot, it just hasn’t been something that I’ve done.
When my friend Charles told me about Nikiski he said I would love her, and he was not wrong!
We bonded over our love for the dark and macabre.
Nikiski Noir is an EXTREMELY talented makeup artist/ clothing designer/ model. She is a woman of many talents!
But beyond that, she is so down to earth and such a genuinely sweet woman.
While she is no stranger to the camera, this was definitely something outside of her norm.
As photographers, Jerry and I were focused more on evoking emotion and less on having her model.
However, old habits die hard…
It was around this time that Jerry stopped me and asked what I was doing.
“Stop playing safe.”
Jerry has a background in dance and this certainly came into play throughout her session.
We blasted some industrial music and watched as she came to life, moving to the rhythm of the music.
It was almost trance-like watching her move while we circled her, capturing her motions.
For this session, I brought some pieces from my home. This particular skull sits mounted on the wall above our bed.
The long and curving horns were perfect for the image that I had in my head.
They are delicate, yet strong enough to destroy a man. Much like Nikiski.
What I love the most about this session was how naturally it evolved.
We brought in elements that were personal to us and made it something collaborative and beautiful.
What happened next was something that I could have only dreamed of.
I cannot wait to show you how this session evolved!
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