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Poison Ivy Cosplay // Laura Joy

[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]es, that’s right. A Poison Ivy cosplay. You could say Jasemine Denise Photography has a thing for the Gotham Universe.. and you’d be right. It’s not even just Gotham though. You’ve seen your favorite photographer as Storm, you’ve seen Rose Romanova as Black Canary and now… Laura Joy as not just Poison Ivy… Nah, this is a BOMBSHELL Poison Ivy cosplay.

Bombshell Poison Ivy Cosplay
Harness from SKG Designs // Makeup by: MUAGDJ

At this time, Laura was fairly new to the Jasemine Denise Photography model roster.  She was nervous, but she was adventurous coming in the SKGxJDP boudoir session at the very last second, and slaying everyone in her presence’s life. Truly living up to her cosplay as Poison Ivy. Her makeup was an intricate affair created by Gabbie, our lead makeup artist who worked diligently with Laura to create something that was poisonous but very avante garde…

Photographer’s Secret: I was terrified stepping into this session. As a photographer, it’s almost frowned upon for you to admit that. The industry tells you to be confident, kick ass, and don’t show any weakness. Welp. I was scared because I wanted Laura to feel confident and gorgeous because.. Well she is. She took my expectations, shattered them, and created her own mold to break. Five seconds into the session, you couldn’t have every told me that she had just started modeling. No… This was pure talent.

Bombshell: bomb·shell ˈbämˌSHel/ 1.) One who is amazing, stunning or devastating.

Yes, that sounds about right. Amazingly, devastatingly, stunning!

Laura, wearing an overbust and a Tempest Harness from SKG Designs definitely make this session less about the cosplay and more about the concept. 

A closeup look at Laura:

Gabbie really took her time with the detail on this. The leaves are literally composed of glitter. This year, I’ll be sharing a lot more photoshoots featuring her makeup, so make sure you follow her on Instagram. Laura’s also modeling the Tempest Harness in red from SKG Designs over her overbust corset.

To see more of Laura’s photoshoots, follow her on Instagram! She’ll be back sooner than you think.

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Kali Neko // Christmas Pinup

Merry Christmas! Let me start of by saying that I’ve been dying to do more pinup style shoots. Looking at models like Ophelia Overdose really motivate me to wanna bring my girls kicking and screaming into more complex shoots. Plot Twist: They won’t be kicking and screaming. They’ll be giggling and screaming “Yasss!” at the top of their lungs. Trust me. Anyway, trying to get more into the holiday spirit, Kali and I did a Christmas pinup shoot. I’m considering this practice because coming into the new year, you’re going to see a lot more of this. You ready?

Kali Neko // Christmas Pinup Session

Kali Neko Christmas Pinup Session Jasemine Denise Photography

Leg Garters and Harness from SKG Designs. | Photography by Jasemine-Denise

This Christmas pinup session is special. Most people know Kali for her cosplays. Truth be told, when I met Kali, that’s probably the only thing I knew about her. I didn’t know she did pinup modeling for cosplay companies like My Geek Goddess and Pixel Vixens. I didn’t know she had the capability of being a brand ambassador beyond your wildest dreams. What I really didn’t know is that Kali was born a human with nothing but kitten tendencies. Even as we shot this very session, she was fiddling with the makeshift candy cane we built, using her french tip nails to peel at the ribbon stapled to the tube. Watching it from afar, it was cute.

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Kali Neko Christmas Pinup Session Jasemine Denise Photography

Kali Neko Christmas Pinup Session Jasemine Denise Photography

How to Turn A Kitten into a Candy Cane:

Christmas pinup shoots, or shoots that have a theme aren’t easy. There’s a lot of plotting. This look started with the release of the Elysia Harness from SKG Designs. It’s the first design SKG has released that has involved leg wraps, coming in quite a few colors. From there, Kali.. being a kitten brought together the ears and tail and suddenly.. The look was born.

Bonus: Can’t get enough of this Christmas pinup?

We know.

Us neither. We’ve got good news though. If you pledge to our Patreon, you’ll get exclusive access to bonus parts of this set.

The Breakdown: 

  • Pledge $1 or more and get gif footage, behind the scenes photos, etc.
  • Pledge $5 or more and get video teaser footage, and a 5×7 print of a session from another model on the Jasemine Denise Photography model team! Also get entered into a mini session givaway.
  • Pledge $10 or more and get the exclusive collector’s edition print from this set, entered in a full session giveaway and full access to ALL the behind the scenes from this shoot!

Pledge to JDP’s Patreon // Pledge to Kali’s Patreon for more rewards from just Kali Neko! 

See more photos of Kali Neko, posted here at Jasemine Denise Photography, and follow her on Instagram / Patreon / and Facebook. Warning: Kali is a fetish model so some of her content is deemed not safe for work.

Merry Christmas Kings and Queens!

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Model Monday: Keeley Shoup // Gryffindor House

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m sure you remember me asking you a while back which Harry Potter House are you? Slowly but surely my models have been asking themselves the same questions. For the longest we had no one for the Gryffindor House, but then along came one of our newest models, Keeley and that all changed! Watch her channel her inner Hermione Granger in this debut set of hers, the Gryffindor House.

Keeley Shoup // Gryffindor House

Gryffindor

 

Okay, don’t fight me…
I fell off of Harry Potter after the third or fourth book. I won’t lie, Chamber Of Secrets was the first full length book I’d ever read. It had me hooked. I was obsessed with Hermione. She was smart, she was ambitious, and she was the leader of the pack among two boys who had no clue what they were doing. Goals. 

When Keeley came to me and said she wanted to do a Hermione cosplay, I felt the young girl in me squeal extremely loud. A lot of the cosplays that I’ve gotten to shoot (Punk Storm, Jack Skellington, Sailor Moon..) have been things that connected back to my younger days and it’s part of the reason I love doing cosplay themed photoshoots so much. Enough about me though…

Why The Gryffindor House?

Gryffindor is daring, full of nerve and chivalrous. 

Are you a Gryffindor?

The wonderful and amazing Keeley Shoup has a special edition of this, in the common rooms coming to her Patreon account! Pledge and show your support for a fellow Hogwarts House! Keeley is officially a Jasemine Denise Photography model so you’ll be seeing quite a bit more of her in the coming year! Have an idea of what you want to see Keeley cosplay? Slide over to her Instagram where she casts polls, showcases closet cosplays and much more!

Oh, Wait! Don’t Forget!

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V – Bridal Boudoir // Jasemine Denise Photography

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of my models and good friends, V got married recently. The ceremony was small, intimate and beautiful. Before the event, V, a few amazing Queens and myself all got together to celebrate with a sleepover. The next morning, as she was getting ready, V and I shot a bridal boudoir shoot.

V // Bridal Boudoir
Makeup by: Gabbie Johnson

V and I started shooting together around the time she met Ari, her now husband. She told me in the few moments between our shoot that she just knew that was the man she was going to marry. You’ve seen Ari and V here before. They did that super cute boudoir shoot together and everyone simply fell in love with them. Now they’re married forever and I still haven’t stopped squealing.

Picture this.
It’s the morning of V’s wedding. Three girls are buzzing with excitement around her, while I’m chasing them in with the camera. We’re in the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Chicago and truth be told, V is a bit nervous. She’s not nervous about getting married. She knew that was happening. She’s nervous because she wants this to go perfect. I’m a little nervous. I chew on my lip as I step forward, camera clenched in my fingers as I say.. “Hey, Vee. You wanna take your bridal boudoir photos?”

She looks at me then and my heart stops a little. To my surprise, she smiles and says, “Yassss!” before waving her hands back and forth. Gabbie had just done her makeup, her veil is hanging loosely off of her gorgeous fresh buzz and she’s positively glowing.

I’m glad she said yes. I want to document every moment of this.

V is wearing lingerie from What Katie Didand had nothing but kind words to say about how well her lingerie fit her.

bridal boudoir - garter belt

Her Bridal Garter was custom made for her by Shop Kinky Girly, and yes, SKG does accept custom orders. Use Vickie’s code ‘Vickie’ for 10% off.

Stay Tuned to see The wedding Itself!

Are you getting married soon or really want to have a bridal boudoir?

So many of my friends are getting married soon and I’m so excited for each and every wedding. That being said, I am opening the floor for booking for both weddings and bridal boudoirs for 2018! So if you’ve been waiting to inch your way in to snagging me as your photographer, go ahead and fill out an inquiry! I do travel.

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Mini Session Monday: Queen Of Hearts – Nina

I know, I know! Halloween is over but I couldn’t resist showing you off this amazing Queen Of Hearts look collaborated by Chicago model Nina and makeup artist Gabbie Johnson. Both Queens are amazingly talented and I feel like you’d be missing out if you weren’t given the opportunity to see what they cooked up this Halloween!

Queen Of Hearts // Nina
Makeup by Gabbie Johnson

I couldn’t stand the person inside me,
I turned all the mirrors around..

I‘m bigger than my body.
I’m colder than this home.
I’m meaner than my demons,
I’m bigger than these bones. 

And the kids cried out;
“Please stop you’re scaring me.”
I can’t help this awful energy.
Goddamn right, you should be scared of me.
Who is in control? 

Queen Of Hearts - Makeup by Gabbie Johnson

About the Collaborators:

Nina // Swiper Thee Foxx

You’ve actually seen Nina here before. She’s a two time published model who has appeared in Gothesque Magazine as well as PhiloCalyEver since she’s stepped onto Jasemine Denise Photography’s model roster, she has given nothing but her all. Devoting her free time to her craft, she has done exceptional. Relocating to Atlanta, she’ll be the first Atlanta model signed to JDP. If you love her Queen of Hearts look, make sure you slide her an Instagram follow and let her know!

Gabbie // MUA on The GO

Gabbie first made her debut on JDcom under our Fan Friday archives. I had known her for years and at that time she was working her way through aesthetician’s school. Now graduating and furthering her career, Gabbie has been experimenting with newer styles, a lot of which have been showcased on this blog. She is definitely available for booking through Jasemine Denise Photography to models, clients, and brides in the Chicagoland area.

Wanna book a Mini Session?

From now until the end of 2018, Jasemine Denise Photography and JDcom are giving all of its readers a discounted mini session! All you have to do is fill out a booking form and state that you want a mini session. 

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ClaustroClothic #30: The Echelon Girl

If you haven’t noticed from ClaustroClothics pastI’m a huge fan of things. When I like something, I love it. I will rep it on my back. I will wear it. Hell, I may even tattoo it. My descent into the Echelon was quick and virtually painless. My first Thirty Seconds To Mars song was Hurricane, but the one that changed my life had to have been Alibi. The band itself is amazing. Shannon Leto? Gorgeous. But the fandom… The fandom is what sold me. This ClaustroClothic #30 is inspired by the Echelon, yes… The Thirty Seconds To Mars fanbase.

ClaustroClothic #30: The Echelon
Thirty Seconds To Mars Inspired Outfit.

I’m not typically a jeans and t-shirt type of gal. Hell, I think I own maybe two pair of jeans and they both have holes in them. This particular pair I’m rocking in this session was given to me by Cosplay Sass, and while I’m not exactly sure why… I fell in love with them.

What inspired this outfit?

I’m in love with this damn shirt. When I first laid eyes on it, it was before I got my hair done by Weave N Luxury over in Ohio. I mean, my natural hair was red and black but it wasn’t the same color as the damn shirt. When I got into the Echelon, I fell in love with the family in the fandom. Anytime something hits home like that for me, I’ve gotta get some merch. My think is that band shirts are like smoke signals. You’re out in public and you’re walking around… Suddenly, someone far away spots that Triad and now you’ve got a friend in the fandom. The same applies to the internet. Honestly, if anyone stops me on the street and goes “Hey, are you a Thirty Seconds To Mars fan?” I’m gonna stop.. I’m gonna talk to them. I’m gonna ask them which track is their favorite… I’m probably gonna take them out for dinner.

What’s the best part of this outfit?

I’m a sucker for color coordination. Everything in this entire outfit just screams me. You almost can’t miss me walking down the street. I also love that even though the outfit is kinda “dressed down”, it screams, “Hey… I’m here.” How many people do you know are walking around with so much of two colors on their body just to go to the grocery store. (Though, I’m pretty sure I went somewhere else in this outfit. Can’t remember. Maybe coffee.)

The Outfit Breakdown // The Details

The Snapback

The first thing I ever bought from the Mars Store being very very new to The Echelon was this hat. Make America Rock Again. I felt like it made a huge statement and while I’m sure I could’ve found it anywhere else, a band who really made every damn music video/track a huge event seemed like a fitting. I think the one thing I was petrified about was obviously it’s a joke about Donald Trump’s “make America great again.” The first time I wore it, people kept staring at me funny. Eventually I started going “read it again.”

The Collar // SKG Designs

The Fiona collar again?! Hell yes, you may recognize this one from my updated back to school look, but it just goes with my leather jacket perfectly. I’m secretly dying to learn how many ways I can put SKG Designs gear into different looks. I can already hear all of you in my head going “Pfft. Like that’s anything new.” but seriously, it was really hard to build a casual look without throwing in a harness or a leg garter. This was just so casual… Then I looked at the collar and went… “There’s never a day where I can’t rock a little SKG.”

The Hair // Weave N Luxury

I promise this was a coincidence! I had an appointment with the amazing hair scientist and boss babe, Rayshone months before I ordered this shirt. The woman is a wizard with the hair and yes, before you even ask.. This is a custom wig order. She does take long distance orders so you should’ve even hesitate!

That’s it… But I can’t leave this blog post without an open letter to the Echelon.

Dear Echelon Family. 

I’m proud to wear this fandom on my back. When I first got into Thirty Seconds To Mars, I never dreamt of the type of family I’d find backing a band. If Alibi changed my life and Artifact altered it, you Queens saved it. I have never felt so accepted by a group of talented, amazing, creative people. Thirty Seconds To Mars spoke to me the way Guns N’ Roses did. The pain and agony behind the business model that was that band is my drive and inspiration. Duff McKagan literally wrote a book that changed my life.  Our bond goes beyond (Dare I say it) the bond I had with the Eminem fandom, and that’s where I got my start on Tumblr. That was my first tattoo too.  Growing up with a mental illness, becoming deeply engrossed in things was how I learned to cope with everything that was going on around me. I wrote my first fan fiction with my cousin when I was about 9 years old in a broken home to nothing but music to be our guides. I never dreamt all those years ago that I’d find a group of people who would be reading my writing and getting to know me because of it and through it. I carry this fandom with me not because I feel like I have to but because I want to. God, I want to see each and every one of you succeed because the music taught us to. Jared, Shannon and Tomo motivated us to. Because it’s your destiny to fight and to keep fighting because that’s the type of warriors you were all built to be. I’m honored to be a part The Echelon, the fandom for a band that became a family for me. 

Do you have a favorite band? Are you a part of a fandom?

Share your fandom stories with me in the comments! I know I’m not the only fan girl out there! Share! Tell me stories!
Until next time, you can see all my crazy daily outfits on Instagram! 

Photos by Ray Collins >> 

Macbre and horror Photography

Stockholm Sydrom – Ghostface Boudoir

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]appy Halloween… Are you alone in the house? Because this boudoir is steamyyy. Scream was in my top 3 favorite horror movie franchises growing up next to Nightmare On Elm Street and Final Destination. Ghostface was my second killer. Snarky, spooky, and reckless. For four movies and two television seasons, I was waiting on the moment where they revealed that Sidney Prescott, having been stabbed multiple times between four movies would actually turn out would actually be our murderer. WAIT, WAIT, hear me out. It would be the ultimate plot twist. Sidney would be so used to running that she would find a way to face her fears… She’d essentially fall in love with the danger and become the ultimate killer. 

Kalika // Stockholm Sydrom
Ghostface Boudoir

I had heard a noise upstairs. I knew it was just Sidney and I alone in the house. After the many times, we have heard things go bump in the night, the day, the past… It would’ve been crazy of me not to check on her. 

“Sid…” I whispered. I cracked the door but what I discovered on the other end made me gasp.

At first, I thought Sidney was being attacked. I clenched my fists prepared to attack but what happened next stopped me in my tracks.

My best friend was being seduced by her attacker…
This couldn’t be. “Sid…” I repeated and pushed the door a little.
The scene just kept getting scarier and scarier. There was no… attacker.
It was just Sid and a Stab mask. The same mask that she’d seen in the nightmares she described to me again and again… Except… She was looking at it as if it were a long time lover.

“SID!” I exclaimed. “What the hell are you doing in here?”

Our eyes met. She wasn’t the same Sid anymore. I could see it in her eyes. She was darker… She was becoming the Ghostface that haunted all of our nightmares for so long..

“Sid, what are you doing?”

“Sid, this is crazy… You need help…”

Her hand reached over, her all black eyes never leaving mine. I started to back up but she shook her head. “Sid…” I sputtered but she shushed me, signaling that she’d slice me open if I even tried to scream.

Slowly she pulled out a phone… With a quick dial of the number, she said… “She’s here.” 

With that, she hung up… and I heard a loud slam downstairs. We were no longer alone. “Sid… you don’t have to do this…” I pleaded as she slid the knife down her body. I knew in that moment that it was too late…

How do I always get into these situations?

Seriously… First I witnessed my best friend murder  her fiance. Then I ran into 11 at the forest, and now I’m about to be killed by Sidney Prescott.

Our lovely Sidney Prescott is played by the gorgeous and insatiable Kalika, a model for My Geek Goddess as well as a brand ambassador for SKG Designs. You can pledge to her Patreon to see more of her really creative shoots!

Until next time, keep it spooky. You know we will.

Photography

Heaven In Hiding // Chicago Model Brooce

[dropcap]Have you [/dropcap] met Brooce yet?
If you haven’t, let me give you the lowdown. She’s down to earth. She’s got an infectious laugh. She’s one of Jasemine Denise Photography’s 2018 models, and creating couture fantasy looks is how poison. Trapped in a our world, Chicago model Brooce can be better described as a fairy– a majestic creature who has not yet taken full form. Don’t worry. You’ll get to watch her evolution live on JDcom as she unleashes all her wildest creative inhibitions.

Heaven In Hiding // Chicago Model
Brooce

They always say Heaven is a place on earth with you…

Angels hear it everyday. What they never tell you is that once you step out of heaven’s gates to find your place on earth… You can’t turn back.

They never tell you that if you lose your heaven… That there’s no getting it back. Heaven is a place on earth but on earth there are also other things. There are demons. There is destruction. Once you step down from grace, you are a mortal.. You are someone else’s heaven. You are hiding in the beauty of something you once chased.

It’s not all bad.

Taking the plunge means that you become someone else’s heaven. You are someone else’s light. You bring life to them that they weren’t exactly looking for but are glad they found. Yet, what happens when you become the darkness? What happens when the angel turns her back on paradise and becomes Heaven in Hiding.

Where will you go when you go into hiding?

What do you think? Did you love Brooce’s Look?

She’s wearing the velvet Pentegram Harness in pink from SKG Designs. You can use her discount code “Br00c3” for discounts! Also, you should follow her on Instagram to see the many looks she puts together. Talk about creative. You’ll see her again soon. <3

Visit the SKG Archives for more shoots with clients, brand ambassadors, etc. 

Also, did you catch the trailer for this photoshoot? Created by Ray Collins:

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ClaustroClothic #31: Halloween Fashion

It’s October! Can you believe it’s still in the sixties here? I’m trying to whip out all my Halloween fashion looks, including this one in my new fur bomber jacket gifted to me by Keeley and Megan, but… Well goodness, it’s still freaking toasty outside! It didn’t stop me though. I had to serve this look.

ClaustroClothic #31: Halloween Fashion

Everyday is Halloween

I’ve only had a handful of Halloween costumes my whole life. I think that contributes a lot to the style I have. I was Tickle Me Elmo in Kindergarten, complete with a vibrating one piece suit that didn’t run out of batteries. I think I was Esmerelda one year too. By the time I hit my senior year, my entire aesthetic was Halloween fashion. People would walk past me and say “It aint Halloween yet, girl!” and I’d scoff and say “Everyday is Halloween!”

Speaking of Halloween, let’s talk about this headpiece.

Kalika, a model you’ve seen on my Instagram a thousand times, and will see again in just a few weeks is a woman of many talents. She’s a model, she’s a spooky movie enthusiast, and she’s just an all around creative gal.

She made this crown.

Look at the diamond eyes. LOOK AT THE EYES!!! I couldn’t have formed something this creative if my life depended on it, but let’s be honest… I’d probably hot glue my hand to my face by accident if I tried. In case you didn’t know, it takes me forever to craft things.

Underneath that is a ton of my favorite SKG Gear.

I wear my Jasemine harnesses everywhere. Yes, I have two of them, and yes. They are named after me. That’s not bragging. It’s literally the biggest honor ever bestowed upon me because SKG’s leather line… Ugh. HEART EYE. Remember that you can get a discount on your SKG orders anytime by using my code JasemineDenise.

The one I’m rocking on my chest in this outfit, is a custom colored one. Half red leather, half black… because yes. SKG makes red leather options now.

I’m obviously a huge Shop Kinky Girly supporter. I love the way I can style almost every single thing I own with anything. It always seems like there’s an accessory for every outfit. For instance, the Lina collar… Went perfectly with this outfit. All the O rings!!

No outfit would be complete without my boss socks. I had been looking for them for ages and Ray finally found the missing one. Though they don’t exactly match the outfit, they still fit into the fur coat badass woman aesthetic so I threw them in.

Have you been waiting for October to show off your Halloween fashion?

I want to see! Comment this blog post with your favorite Halloween fashion look, your outfit of the days, or pretty much just anything that screams spooky fashion. I love checking out other outfits!

Couples Photography

Bec and Angelo // Chicago Photographer Jasemine Denise

[dropcap]I [/dropcap]say it all the time, that I love love. Being a Chicago photographer has changed the way I’ve looked at love. Seriously. I’ve come across every sort of relationship you could think of. There are things about love that never change though. The way a couple shifts nervously for their first photoshoot together. The way they quest for direction but as soon as you’ve snapped the first picture and given them a little space, they’re in their own little world… They’re in love. I never eavesdrop on the voices sweetly talking to one another. I just know that they feel safe. All that being said, this Chicago photographer is proud to bring you…

Bec and Angelo // Love

No matter how long it is, when a couple tells me how long they’ve been together, I’m proud. It typically sounds like I’m shocked because I’m overwhelmed with pride. For Bec and Angelo, it’s been four years. They’re a fun couple. You could seen the connection from a mile away.

It’s one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever seen when you see people just disappear into their own world, a world they created together.

Aren’t they beautiful?

Do you want this Chicago photographer to photograph you and your partner? Book a session with Jasemine Denise Photography and let’s get you set up with an amazing session so you can share your love with all of your friends and loved ones.

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and pledge to the photography Patreon to win a chance at a free session.