Thinking To Get Wet

Shane is super proud of this!


Making my way across the bridge to test the waters.


Once shooting at the caboose was exhausted, we headed downhill to this beautiful waterfall. The sun already set and the waterfall tucked into a corner of constant shade, this corner of the property is COLD. However, I was determined to get in that icy water and make like it wasn’t.

The whole area is slippery when wet, watch your step! Shane slipped and broke the camera at the other bridge. We are without it a few weeks for repair. What happens when you get too excited.


Finally, affirmation that the water is indeed freezing cold.


All right, y’all, no one wants to join me? Grab my sarong, I am going at it alone!


More waterfall
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MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Body Paint: Trevor Holmes
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I Keep Going to the River to Pray

Getting warmed up.


“I keep going to the river to pray, cause I need something that can wash all the pain…” We blues dance to those lyrics of “Ghost” by Ella Henderson.

Our buddy, Trevor, scouted out this waterfall on private property in Grass Valley as a rad shoot location. The day he adorned me with body paint, we were rushed and the sun set by the time we migrated from the train car to the waterfall. Then, Shane slipped on mossy bridge and snapped the flash off the camera. We were left to shoot past dusk with no light. The water, by the way, was freezing cold as ice or the Pacific ocean. Our posse that day understood if I chose to abandon the shoot. I thought I’d step in a bit, then challenged myself to go deeper and deeper, then to finally actually sit in the fall. Many of these images will not be published as the low light made a formidable challenge for the camera to focus. Not to mention the fact that I am more fully exposed and not sure if that needs to be public. So here is what you can see.

Slow trek across the rocky foot bed.


Deepest right about here, then gets shallow again at the fall.

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Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson

Love Lost


Your grieving process is unique. In no particular order, at some point the experiences are: isolation or denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Remember, we grieve not only relationships with other humans and mammals, but also personal loss of physical ability on account of disease or injury, as well as loss of roles and occupation, or even expectations in time of life. Where are you in whatever grieves your soul today?

Continued from Lost Love

Anger is a very real stage of grief.

Sorrow is not limited to separation by death.

Losses in life can motivate all kinds of behavior.

The pain does not leave.

Oh How Loss Hurts

You’re in the driver’s seat. Carry that love with you. May it grant strength and hope to love again.

More Lost Love


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MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Car: 1955 Hudson Wasp owned by Matt Martin

Rodeo!


I’ve been to but one small town Rodeo in Athens, TN with my dad and aunt shortly after graduating high school. The previous year, I had a cowboy admirer who gave me a dozen pink long stem roses with an invite to a large rodeo. He had rolled up to my parent’s suburban chateau in his beat up truck, horse trailer still attached to make the delivery. I captured his attention in Chemistry class, where he sat behind me and we were lab partners with a third member. September 11, 2001 occurred and showing American pride the next day in cowboy hats were he, I and two other gentlemen. Sadly enough he was the only daily cowboy in my graduating class. This particular cowboy was the real deal and worked hard. I drove an old beat up truck myself, a 1976 GMC three quarter ton pickup. I think Cowboy spotted it parked across the street from my job at In-N-Out where he quasi-stalked me and followed me home to make the offer for a rodeo date. Some words about rolling in the hay may have spilled, and I was scared off. Looking back, I find it ridiculous that I turned him down. Such a fun and unique offer and a thought-through plan. He lent me his jacket one cold day at school and seemed a real gentleman, hay rolling fantasies aside. Just as well though, as I am pretty sure he fathered a child with another gal shortly thereafter. Too bad that fantasy did not include rubber. Apologies to the faint of heart, these photos are rather lame and felt compelled to use storytelling to make up for it. Desire is much more than what the eye sees, so much as what it imagines which words may provoke even more than images.


To finish my thoughts, and for the record, I would genuinely like to attend another rodeo one day, perhaps a larger scale. Rolling in the hay would have more appeal if I weren’t allergic to grass. Another event I would like to one day enjoy is a barn dance, yee-haw!

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MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson

Bernie Dexter Dresses and a Vintage Car

Just a couple of girls, broke down.


Alone, and broke down.


Bernie Dexter Dresses and a Vintage Car, what else does a pinup require? Makeup and Hair, of course! Provided this day by Star High Beauty! What a fun shoot, working as well with Rachel Anne Taylor. More from this shoot below, more of Rachel Anne.

We best get out and do something about it.


When you can’t figure it out, ask for help!


Bernie Dexter makes the prettiest dresses!


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MUAH: Star High Beauty

Star High Beauty

We had the pleasure of meeting this lovely lady as well, Rachel Anne Taylor.

Model Mayhem provided an avenue for the ladies of Star High Beauty to contact Shane seeking images for their web site in-progress. The concept: Barber Shop Pinup. Excited to join the project, we showed up in just two days’ notice. I have been wanting to participate in a barber shop scene, but mostly I enjoy that somebody else put in the effort to dream up a concept and organize the shoot. I could grow accustomed to this. What a fun day!

Two model shoot?! Who will wear the crown for the day?!

Such a fun time! Thank you, Star High Beauty for asking us to join this shoot!

This is the first of a series of images, more to come from this day!

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MUAH: Star High Beauty
Model: Rachel Anne Taylor
Design concept: Star High Beauty
Wardrobe: Mine, by Bernie Dexter

Salon Seat

Introducing Sam Nesbitt

Niche in the Woods


Shane and I recently created Model Mayhem accounts, and experienced our first successful contact with a local photographer, Sam Nesbitt. This project excited me from the start with his initial statements of intentions for a shoot with his father’s World War Two Army Air Corps uniform. We headed to the hills, and I reveled to participate for the first time in a shoot that was not my brain child nor my efforts to tell a story. This was Sam‘s scene and concept, and all I had to do is show up and pose, a fun change in pace right when I was feeling discouraged that personal budget cuts were going to shave off the amount of work we are able to produce for this blog. Meeting Sam is a brilliant new adventure on this journey, and I look forward to broadening my scope as we work with this fellow Creative Mind and Engineer. Collaboration is genius!

M1 Garand


I did bring along three of my own props to add to the scene: a borrowed M1 Garand authentic to the era of the uniform, an over coat also authentic to the era, though belonging to a WAAC, and a real WWII helmet I picked up at the Sacramento Antique Faire months ago.

Chilly Winter


What you say? Join the team? Spare riffle waiting to be picked up

All images courtesy Sameul Nesbitt
Hair by Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson

Fall is Here, but Winter is Coming



So the Starks say, Winter is coming, and I could not be in more agreement. This is the first of three lovely jackets I found at the Folsom Antique Faire, owned by the same petite Asian lady as I have acquired many pieces. She had TASTE. Notice the 1/2 length sleeves, popular in the 1950s. I am also wearing an authentic vintage 1950s blouse acquired at Racks Boutique in Midtown Sacramento, and reproduction high-wasted jeans by Rock Steady. The watch was Gigi’s and the shoes were purchased second-hand from a Dancer friend. Love them.

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MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson