Robin Williams - Birdcage Tribute

Obscurae Magazine is based out of Tennessee; they specialize in thematic fashion, beauty, and cutting edge artwork. You can like/follow on facebook, Twitter, & Instagram or purchase their issues online.

Obscurae Magazine - Volume 9, Issue 1 : A Very Large Issue : "Birdcage - Tribute" 

Around the time of Robin Williams' passing, Obscurae Magazine wanted to put an issue together of artwork, poetry, and photographs, all inspired by Robin Williams. He is/was/will forever be my favorite comedian, comedy inspiration, and actor - so when Erin Leigh Pribyl, our shoot's main model, organizer, and co-collaborator (extraordinaire) pitched the idea of coming up with something truly larger than life like the man we were wanting to honor, I was ALL IN. 

One of my favorite movies (besides Aladdin, Jumanji, etc.) is The Birdcage. It's one of my all-time favorite movies, I remember laughing so hard I cried the first time (and several times later) that I watched it. This shoot HAD to have inspiration pulled from that movie. We photographed this set during the daylight hours at La Cage Nightclub, Milwaukee's oldest and most historical nightclub. This was the first time I set foot in the space, and it was AMAZING. With two spacious floors, La Cage had everything we needed and more, but, most importantly, it had... the cage. 

WHATS A BIRDCAGE TRIBUTE WITHOUT THE SYMBOLISM OF THE BIGGEST AND GREATEST BIRDCAGE?! 

We had a whole mess of people on set behind the scenes, as well as models - some of them weren't featured in the chosen photographs, however they were JUST as lovely to work with as the ones featured. Models  included were Iman ChanelJerri Miller,  not featured, Kristen FoxyModelMark Urban, our behind the scenes AMAZING people were Mike Hiller, Joseph Denk; our non-professional drag queens' and models' makeup artist was done by Color Me Sassy by Sarah Murillo, hair was done by Kaitlyn Hjort. Garments by Chelsea Stotts' beautiful custom-designed garments by Moda Muñeca as well as a lovely Devoid and Deveil piece that Erin was able to bring to the session.

The best part about this shoot (besides the awesome collaboration, fashion, and great attitudes by everyone involed) has got to be working with the queens. Milwaukee's drag community is bright, bold, colorful, inviting, and FUN. The gorgeous queens we had the honor of working with are some of the best I've ever seen, and certainly the best I've ever met! This shoot starred Harmony Breeze, Nova D'vine, and Dita Von.

You can follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Feel free to inquire any of these talented people's related services, anytime, they are AMAZING.

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A bit about me: I'm based in South Milwaukee, WI - I've earned a BFA with a concentration in Multimedia Design, and also a minor degree in Applied Photography in May 2013. I'm not a fan of getting my own photo taken - despite the fact that I LOVE taking portraits of everyone else! ...Weird, I know.

The only photos I have of myself are over-the-top faces, or me laughing ridiculously hard (to the point of tears), or like this one to the side of me - bungee jumping above an itty bitty stream amongst HUGE mountains in New Zealand - yes, I loved it, yes, I almost kissed the ground afterwards! But enough about me, onto photography! My style is:

TIMELESS. CREATIVE. GORGEOUS. & MODERN.

I'm constantly trying to grow, learn, try new approaches, create unique concepts, and scope out ordinary spots transform them into something spectacular. One of my favorite phrases, besides the classic, "I LOVE YOUR FACE!" is that: I'm in the business of creating statement pieces. You can see current work by visiting my collection.

My finished work tends to be colorful and theatrical. I'm constantly thinking up new ways of creating amazing experiences for my clients - with images you'll LOVE and remember. While the photos may look bold, elegant, and edgy, the actual process is incredibly laid back, fun, and casual - with just a dash (or a large bowl-full) of wit and humor. As I can be just a tiny bit rambunctious.

Every session is different from the last. The parts that stay consistent are myself, my camera and my goal, which is highlighting YOU. My top priority is making sure the person in front of the camera is feeling just as relaxed as I am behind the camera, it's a lot of fun, and I love working with people and the process of taking great images. If you're interested in information regarding how you can be the next person in front of my lens - contact me for information.

Consider this your informal invitation to be my favorite new face!