Cropping out Gaga and no credits?  For shame internet!  For shame!  You made me go digging through my magazine collection to fix this one…

Lady Gaga shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin for V Magazine, Summer 2011.  Corset and stockings by Mugler.

Lady Gaga for V Magazine

(Source: kenfucky)

cassierae-model:

We will either find a way, or make one.

 Organising a photography submission is much harder than anybody ever anticipates – unless you have one of these rare people who organise each shot by each shot and come up with a small flawless selection of imagesm you are probably like me. A 5’3 body of unstoppable creative chaos without thought.  Shoot approximately 500 or more images with a photographer who kicks some serious buttocks then trail through a series of emotional stages to come together with a final few images to submit.

Little to says this whole process leaves me emotionally drained and cursing my inability to change my spots – I need to focus more so on such things and keep preserving until I have a little more fine-tuning in myself but regardless the roller coaster that I currently endure always ends with such an overwhelming feeling of gratification to everyone on board that every second is worth it.

You always start of with the excitement of seeing the unedited images and getting over – enthusiastic about everything.  Trawling through every single one every other hour because you want to look at them again. And again. Oh go on just one more time.

Until you start picking images out to go towards the team’s efforts of whittling down to less than 10 or so images.

 

“This one is perfect !

 

Oh no I take it back… that one

 

Oh that that one has an amazing angle

 

Wait the other one made me look less asian”

 

And so on so forth for the following few days until the frustration of narrowing down images sets in.

You realise certain poses don’t tie in with the other ones, and that first couple of sets you did against a different background just didn’t work. Look amazing; just doesn’t tie in with the other shots you have. Then you get irritated that you didn’t shoot that other garment on the other background that works and start loosing aspects you didn’t expect.  A little ritualistic self critique and reflection evolves you for the next time to start doing this, mistakes you won’t make again because your mentally scorning yourself for not doing it that time around.

Of course this kind of emotional trauma extends to the whole team and you flip backwards and forwards until you start collating the final images as they get processed into a little folder and hope edges back in.

Then finally the heart-stopping wonderment that it is all coming together makes you swoon for your final edits. Congratulations go al round, your appreciation for everybody who was on board becomes much more real and your understanding of other creative outlets from other team members makes you a much better person all round.

Of course, you’ll only go through it in another manner again another time but for a final submission, setting out to potential print or online posting in all their glory, its all worth it.

 Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

This, this, so much this!

ATTN TUMBLR:

ameagansample:

my twin sister and I will be doing our first modeling trip as a pair next month. We will be hitting NYC, Philly, Baltimore and DC. If all goes well, we’ll be booking future trips together. Specific dates for the trip should be figured out shortly, but it’ll be sometime mid to early August. If…

OMG. Internet friends, this *never* happens! This may be your only chance to get both Samples at once! Book them now!

everythinghasedges:

Ryann S (@everythinghasedges) shot and styled by billyprime. http://www.billyprime.com 
MUA: Nikki Benedikt of Sass Factory 
https://www.facebook.com/TheSassFactorySalon 
Hair: Megan Smith Watson

=D  This shoot was so much fun!  And I baked pretzels too.

everythinghasedges:

Ryann S (@everythinghasedges) by h-o-l-l-o-w-2-5, March 2014.

Ryann is awesome, and so are those colors!  

creepyyeha:

Front view

Creepy Yeha is amazing.  From styling to sewing to posing, this lady is a wizard.  Go watch her work and buy her things!

moon-cosmic-power:

asylum-art:

Erevos Aether – Wake the Serpent Not

Erevos Aether’s AW 2014-15 collection, Wake the Serpent Not, contrasts sheer, romantic, fragile textures with armorlike iridescent leather and metallic elements. The architectural qualities of this tough, invulnerable aspect combine with its softer side to create a high sci-fi look that is dark and impressive.

I want them all omfg.

therealchipwillis:

tanyadakin:

I liked him immediately.

Rick Ochoa was the most talented, generous,sweet and kind person to leave my circle of friends way too soon. His work of the female form was simply beautiful, he knew how to portray a lady in her most intimate moments and in a very quiet way. There was way too much to accomplish and too little time. We almost made plans to go to Paris this spring, I would have never guessed that we would be saying good bye so soon. this is one of the saddest sudden loses to our art community.

his work can be seen among his music and humor interest here

http://transientrandom.tumblr.com/

Love you Rick O.

These make me smile so much! God, this sucks so much. 

The brilliant and talented Rick Ochoa passed away this week.  Yet another bright flame extinguished way too early.  It has been a very sad month in the world of photography.  :(

ego-assassin:

On June 16th, ego assassin will permanently close its production studio and cease taking orders on its website. This is a good thing.

Great ninjas don’t retire. They walk silently into the mist, leaving the world forever changed behind them. We don’t know about the entire world, but after almost 9 years of lubing, learning, cutting, gluing, drafting, designing, selling and shining, we’re pretty sure we’ve left a mark or two on the latex world. It’s certainly changed us in ways we never expected. That is the gift we received from each of you. Now it’s time for us to take that gift and find new worlds to make awesome with it. We can’t wait for you to see them…

In the meantime, you have one last chance to score that extra-special piece of latex goodness that you’ve had your eye on for months (or years!). Until we close down ordering on Monday, June 16th, you can have anything you like at http://www.ego-assassin.com for 20% off. Our last sale. Ever. Don’t miss out.

Very sad to see this. Ego Assassin makes some truly fantastic designs, and use techniques - like laser cutting and brilliant appliques - that few others do.  It’s a great loss to the community.

With HMS closing last month, and now Ego Assassin shutting their doors, the latex couture world keeps shrinking by the day.  

deepadejour:

greg-a-zoid:

errorinblack:

msbutah:

Super Green

CORBINMYMAN

CORBIIIIIN CORBINDALLASSSS

Aaaaaaaaa!

Ok so like I’ve never wanted a tattoo before now.  But now.  NOW.

chadmichaelward:

The insanely talented Katie West and I are raising funds for our next collaboration by selling prints from our previous shoots!

PRINT SALE: WEEK 2

"Season of the Witch" and "The Trepidation of Alice"
This week’s Print Sale features 2 images from Katie’s second trip in 2009.  We spent a full week shooting photos around my house and down at the Salton Sea.  
Starting today, these two prints will be available for pre-order through Sunday, June 9th, at midnight.
Professionally printed on Kodak Endura Supra matte paper, each 11x17 inch print comes signed and numbered by both myself and Katie.
Order Options:
Option 1:  One print   -  $75
Option 2:  Both prints - $125
Option 3:  Both Prints, and custom polaroid - $150
(Custom Polaroids will be shot during the signing of prints and come signed with your name by Katie.)
Domestic shipping and handling is $10, International is $20.
To pre-order your prints via Paypal, use chadmichaelward@gmail.com as the payee address.  
Other methods of payment are available.  Contact me directly at chadmichaelward@gmail.com for more information on purchasing via credit card or check.
Please note:  All print orders will be fulfilled at the end of July.

Everyone - everyone - should have Katie West prints.  Just sayin’.  These are sooooo good.

How to make your Tumblr dashboard massively better by showing huge, amazing photos by default:

  1. Use Chrome
  2. Install the Stylish plugin
  3. Click the Stylish button, then “Manage installed styles”  Click “Write new style” on the left
  4. Give it a name like “Tumblr” and paste in this code:  #container { width: 1220px; } #left_column { width: 860px; } .post_full { width: 860px; } .post .post_content img { width: 750px; height: auto; }
  5. Under “Applies to” click “Specify”, then choose URL and set a value of http://www.tumblr.com/dashboard
  6. Click Save
  7. You’re done!

…and for even more huge, amazing photos, follow me.  ;)

amen-madonna:

Gauliter Perfection 

This.  This right here.  
This was the beginning of my love of fashion.  The beauty, the raw sexuality, the perfection of form.  Every seam, every detail, all completely deliberate and astoundingly well constructed.  I watched the tour video over and over to see exactly how Gaultier worked his magic.  (That and the Too Funky video by George Michael).  
And Madonna was pretty fantastic as well.

amen-madonna:

Gauliter Perfection 

This.  This right here.  

This was the beginning of my love of fashion.  The beauty, the raw sexuality, the perfection of form.  Every seam, every detail, all completely deliberate and astoundingly well constructed.  I watched the tour video over and over to see exactly how Gaultier worked his magic.  (That and the Too Funky video by George Michael).  

And Madonna was pretty fantastic as well.

everythinghasedges:

Corsets and latex make me feel like Assassin Barbie.

Ryann S (@everythinghasedges) shot and styled by billyprime. 
http://www.billyprime.com
MUA: Nikki Benedikt of Sass Factory

https://www.facebook.com/TheSassFactorySalon
Hair: Megan Smith Watson

Also: Corset by Puimond, Stockings by Skin Two, Gloves by Breathless.