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LOOKBOOK SHOOT: Isabella Rae Jewelry Part II

"You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You've been hurt, but you’re alive. Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to be with people you love. Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also lots of beauty. We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend..."

I believe that everything happens for a reason, whether it's to learn something or to just wake up and change. Most people live their lives without changing anything, never listening to the little hints life sends but instead ignoring them and blaming everyone else. Until its too late, so to get your attention life just has to smack you in the face sometimes.

Of course I am not saying that you should never be upset or angry, I actually want you to get pissed when shit hits the fan but afterwards (which can be 1 hour or 1 year) you will understand why things happened the way they did. Or not, because we don't always need to understand everything.

Speaking of shit hitting the fan, when I did the shoot for ISABELLA RAE, we were doing the last look when it started to rain. We decided to head back to Boise knowing that we would find a cool dry spot along the way.

Almost back in Boise I saw these cool lumber storage things, just tall wooden poles with a roof, 3 or 4 of them, right off the highway. I took the exit, pulled up onto the lot (no fence, no gate, but a FOR SALE sign). Within 1 minute, this guy comes out of this run-down building that was on the lot, steering towards us like a bull on steroids, with the crazy eyes of a lemur that just got done doing all the coke in the world.

I wasn't sure what he wanted, always believing in the good in people, thinking he wants to just see what we were up to. Well, I thought wrong, he came closer really fast and stood right in front of my car, looking at us with those crazy eyes, he slammed his fist into my hood.

Now, image 3 girls in the car screaming at me GO GO GOOOO!!! Legs shaking and thinking that's it, I put the car in reverse and raced down the hill as fast as I could, all while crazy guy kept running after us, somehow making it over to my side of the car and pounding against my window and flipping us off. I thought we all would end up dead in that guys basement along with who knows what.

It felt like a the Bruce Willis action movie from the 90s with a touch of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Scary as shit. 

Anyway, we drove off as fast as we could. Being out of reach we called 911 and told them about the crazy scary dude living in an abandoned place attacking girls in cars. They knew exactly who we were talking about and reassured us that we are not the first ones and he is just that, a crazy dude. There is nothing anyone can do. End of story.

What a trip. Literally.

Lessons learned: Don't drive onto empty lots + crazy people are everywhere.

Comment below and tell me about your last crazy adventure! ♥


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LOOKBOOK SHOOT: Isabella Rae Jewelry Part I

"True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not." ~Seneca

In case you didn't know, I am obsessed with my cat Willy Wonka aka Majestic Buttercat. I mean, he has his own Instagram account. If that doesn't tell you how crazy I am about him than I don't know what would. But the love is not just one sided, actually it was love at first sight, for both of us obviously. More on that some other time. He is awesome, obsessed with laying on my chest, eating my hair and licking plastic bags. It's perfect. 

Anyway, I am also obsessed with the handcrafted jewelry line ISABELLA RAE. When Denise contacted me to shoot her latest collection called DREAMER I was super stoked, got an amazing team together, piled up into my car and drove to Bruneau Sanddunes where we shot for 8 hours in the freezing cold -wind, clouds, rain and all. 

You drive for 45 minutes passed kettle farms and sage brush, pull up in the middle of nowhere and all of the sudden these giant sand dunes loom over you, its pretty magical.  

Here is Part I of III. Enjoy ♥

PS. Comment below and tell me what you are currently obsessed with!

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LOOKBOOK SHOOT: Alexandrea Anissa Lingerie

"Kiss me mercilessly.
Leave no corner of me untouched." 
~Beau Taplin

Eating chocolate covered coconut chews (way too many...), drinking hot tea while trying to stay warm in -20 Celsius weather (yes, I still haven't learned Fahrenheit and I don't think i will ever understand, so if you wanna teach me, feel free) and trying to come up with a clever text for this blog post.

Well, it's not happening.

Actually every time I write a Blog Post (well, I usually just post pictures because of the following issues) I have THE HARDEST time coming up with a clever text, same with my Mailing List.

And while I was stuffing Coconut Chews in my mouth it hit me, I don't have to overthink anything or try to be clever, that's just not me, so from now on I will just be my weird self. YAY! So look forward to strange ramblings and senseless stuff or stay far away if you are easily offended. Because I don't give a shit! But I do love you.

So, here is a little fun fact about the images below. Vanessa of Alexandrea Anissa sent me a package with her handmade lingerie and I finally did a little shoot with Abbey in her pieces.

Picture this: We unpacked the pieces and I was like: "Ok, lets try to be sexy." Well we both had a good laugh and then the best time ever as usual (love that girl!). I think we also flashed a family (they all had purple hair streaks for some reason) that was taking some cheesy family pictures outside. The dad definitely wasn't sad about it.

Here is Abbey being sexy. Enjoy ♥

PS. Also, don't miss the video at the end of Abbey rolling all over the bed without falling off!

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MODEL BOOK UPDATE: Sierra Norman

"Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it." ~C. JoyBell C.

A few weeks ago I did a shoot with Sierra, she needed some new images for her Model Book. We went up Bogus Basin, played in the tall grass, climbed up the steepest hill barefoot and caught the best sun rays.

Enjoy ♥

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MODEL BOOK UPDATE: Elisabeth Webb

"I have learnt that if it hurts, if it breaks, bends and makes me bleed then it is good; I am growing. Nothing changes without a little pain - nothing blooms without a little rain." ~The Word Virus

A few weeks ago I went to Portland and shot the gorgeous Elisabeth who needed some new Model Book Updates.

Enjoy ♥

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MODEL BOOK UPDATE: Jaida King

"The worst thing you could do is tame the chaos in you. It's like being told not to feel when you're thrown in the fire." ~r.m.drake

A few weeks ago I shot Jaida in Portland. She is with Option Models and needed some new Model Book Updates.

Enjoy ♥

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HEADSHOT SESSION: Evan Stevens

A couple weeks ago I took some new Headshots of actor and dancer Evan Stevens in Boise.

Enjoy ♥

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Need some new headshots? Email me so you can burn those outdated ones asap!

xoxo Erika

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FASHION EDITORIAL with Scott

That time Scott had purple hair and I shot him in 3 million degrees Boise weather.

We had fun then started getting grumpy because of the heat and because we were starving. So we shot, bitched around and then went and got giant fries and burgers at Fancy Freeze.

Enjoy ♥

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