A few weeks ago I found myself ditching class to go to the beach, juggling children's craft glitter, coconut vaseline, towels, and my camera. The plan was simple--lather the beautiful Sage in a sticky mix of oil and glitter to get her shining like a diamond and then toss her into the ocean at high tide. The water was freezing (I was in there up to my waist, my camera held precariously above my head) and post-shoot even I was covered in glitter. Despite the mess and cold, the determination for a killer editorial pulled us through. I'm so thankful to have my camera intact, a model as fearless and motivated as Sage, and a deserted beach with only one creepy onlooker to distract us. There's always that one person who has to stop and ogle, before remembering to whip out his phone to snap photos (screams internally). Photoshoots can be physically draining, but who am I to complain, I at least had clothes on. These miserable, frostbitten, windy shoots are often the most rewarding. We resulted in photos that are sensual and intimate, fragile and bold, and I could not be more in love with them.
Model: Ariana Sage Bradley