Cellphone preview shot of the five page spread of our shoot in Rebel Ink.
Model: Vena Kayta
Styled by Kramp Kouture
I haven’t seen or worked with Deanna in a couple of years, so when she emailed me about crashing at the studio for a night I of course said yes!
On another North Eastern tour, she reached the studio at close to midnight and was given the star treatment: “Hi! Come in. Are you hungry? Food is in the fridge. Here is your blanket. Good night.”
The next day was one of those no rush, start shooting whenever you want, kind of days. Her ever changing hair color is currently vibrant blue and purple and I had some beautiful white flowers growing in the back yard, so we started with that concept and shot an easy going portrait session. Perfect considering the heat and lack of air conditioning in the studio.
I love working with Kayte Vena. She is one of those models who doesn’t run out of “looks”.
In 2010 a friend of mine quietly shared the news about one of her closest companions, Garry, who had been diagnosed with Cancer. Given a very grim prognosis, he was told to settle his affairs and say goodbye to his family and friends.
I’ve never met Garry, but over the course of nine months we heard about his stubbornness and bravery, fighting his Cancer and seeking treatment despite what he had been told about the odds. We learned that he found a surgeon who would give him a chance and that taking that chance meant changing location, something difficult enough without fighting cancer. With support from his family, he made it work and transformed his ordeal into a fight for and celebration of life.
It was a quiet day for me when I heard of his passing. Even though we weren’t there with Garry, we could feel his fight and love for life. His story, like many other’s, is a story about not shying away or giving up under the pressures of life but moving forward with support and love surrounding you.
In pure Garry fashion, my friend became determined to do something to make a difference for cancer sufferers. She and I teamed up and built a website and as we worked, I learned more and more about the different ways we can help those who are seeking treatment. That’s how I learned about the Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund. This program helped finance some of the treatments and services Garry needed, making it possible for him to receive the treatment he requested.
Taken from Freak Poker Run’s website:
While being treated for cancer, many people do not have benefits. Their illness makes it impossible for them to work, leaving them with no income during this trying time. Patients can be forced to deplete their savings, sell assets, or go into debt just to finance the costs for treatment that government funding does not cover. Because these patients at one time had assets and/or income, often they do not qualify for other assistance. This can put hard working patients and families into financial crisis.
This is the reason for the patient assistance fund. The Gene Goodreau Patient Assistance Fund helps to bridge the gap and take part of the financial burden from these patients so they can focus on battling their disease.
For more information on what their funding is available for, click here.
Visual Echoes has donated numerous prints to this cause. June has been an exciting month and many people have already chipped in and received beautiful prints. It would mean the world to me and many cancer victims, if you could share the word and maybe lend a hand. Print donations are affordable, starting at only $20.00
You know what doesn’t make me feel better about having a bad day? Being reminded about it 11 times in one song.
This was an amazing shoot. It really progressed more like a short film than a regular photoshoot. I got to build zombie wounds from scratch and the props were custom made too. I admit that this video is mostly outtakes and a look into how we interact during shoots, it’s fun to share, but I realize that people might be looking for more tutorials or how-to videos so I am going to work on that as well. This shoot was done on a very very low budget so it’s really something anyone can do!
Model: Vena Kayta