(043) Penny Royal - Playing House (Part Two)

(043) Penny Royal - Playing House (Part Two)

Look at her, walking through the house in her lace. Making you lust over every single look, she’s the kind of girl you brag about to your friends, she’s a trophy you mount high up on the shelf but really, she doesn’t belong to anyone but herself. Sure, she’s here now, but she floats through the breeze with ease, carefree. She leaves, in search of what she needs.. Baby we’re just playing house, just cause it feels good. (Active Child).

(042) Penny Royal - Playing House (Part One)

(042) Penny Royal - Playing House (Part One)

This shoot means more than most, not only is the model incredible.. not only is she a joy to be around but this is the set where my baby Alexa and I come together for the first time on a project, shot in her house, she styles Penny while I shoot the camera.. we spend a beautiful evening testing outfits, lighting and friendship. Full story next week… Tonight’s Muse presents Playing House (Part One) featuring Penny Royal.

(041) Alaina Laird

(041) Alaina Laird

This is Alaina, we’d spoken about shooting but never did… she travels a lot, but on one fateful night as I photographed someone else, she approached me… She recognized me, so we chilled for a little bit and I snapped a couple of shots. This is the result of that effort.

(040) Alexa Robaina - January 26th <3

(040) Alexa Robaina - January 26th <3

I had just left work, I was tired but the double shift was long and brutal.. I needed to unwind, and that’s when a text came in; it was a girl I was seeing at the time, she wanted me to come over to one of her friends’ house for a drink, I was off the next day so I complied. I drove nearby to a nice house near West Brickell, it was close so it was a pleasant drive over. I drove up and called to notify of my arrival, the girl I knew greeted me outside, I parked my car and she walked me in. The house was nearly empty, there were only three girls inside, needless to say I was expecting something different. There was pizza in the kitchen, and there were cold beers in the fridge, everything was fine.. One of the girls was the one I knew, the one I was with. The other was the homeowner, she was quite nice and the other one was stunning, the kind of girl who draws you in without having to say much at all. We began talking, I accepted a lot of the spotlight as the only man representing our gender, I drank a little more and became a little lose, I was having a good time. We were all talking but for some strange reason I bonded more with that stunning woman I didn’t know, we spoke about music, we spoke about life, we spoke about shit longer than we probably should have.. We walked into the kitchen at one point to re up on drinks and pizza and ended up staying in there a while, so long that the other girls were forced to walk inside to meet with us, I felt bad and guilty considering that I was here with someone else, but it felt right. We weren’t doing anything but I certainly had thoughts, at some point everything ended and I left the party, I followed this strange woman on instagram and went my separate way, I thanked everyone for the experience and continued in a relation with she who had invited me, I never heard from her again… fast forward to a year or so later, this woman is no longer in my life.. she’s happy with the man I couldn’t be and I’m working a new job tending bar in the Gables, I’m washing glasses when I spot a table sitting inside by the window, whoever this girl is I’m intrigued… And that’s when I noticed, it was her, the girl from the house, the one who struck me as special, she’s here, she’s having dinner with her grandma and this feels like fate. I played it cool, and said nothing; thank god I didn’t have to, as she was leaving she looked in my direction and spotted me, we both recognized one another and I was happy as all hell.. Her grandma walked back from the bathroom and we said our goodbyes, but this time something was different, this time I had no fear of pursuing her. She left the restaurant but not my mind… Unfortunately, the coming months weren’t different from the first couple. We rarely spoke, but when we did it was promising… baby steps. But then, she disappeared and despite agreeing to link up for drinks, we never did. Then came January 26th, and on this fateful night everything changed.. I started my night having a couple beverages over at Lincoln’s Beard, there were a couple events that night but I didn’t feel like driving far alone, I normally don’t care but for some reason on this night I did. I went to the brewery first, a buddy of mine was spinning there, it wasn’t far and it was the perfect pre-game. It was time to close the tab and lucky for me, my friends had the same plans I did, we agreed to leave and head towards downtown to a karaoke party being held somewhere in Little Haiti. Right before leaving, I scrolled through DM’s and there it was… Alexa’s dead conversation from long ago, it bothered me that nothing ever worked, it bothered me that we never had that drink and after months of radio silence I sent out a simple message, I casted a line one last time.. “Hey” I wrote, and that’s when things got interesting, she responded almost immediately and asked me what I was doing, I told her my plans and she told me she was at the beach, I was willing to go meet with her but I didn’t have to.. She asked for the address and agreed to UBER to the event to meet me..

It’s finally happening..

I get to the event with my friends and hit the bar, she should be getting here soon.. I smoked a cigarette outside in the rain as I stood with two Modelo’s in my hand… One for me, and one for her when she arrives.. And arrive she did, I saw her as she exited the car and went to go get her, she looks beautiful.. I introduced her to my friends who were about to leave and the rest is history, the connection was so strong, we were having so much fun, and also pounding back beers like college students.. It was perfect, she was perfect. We sang and danced, shared stories about our pasts and couldn’t keep our hands off one another, this was the night I’ve been longing for. At one point we stepped outside to my car and spent the rest of the night in there listening to music and kissing, the event ended and we were still there.. It’s now four a clock and we don’t want to leave each other’s side, I suggest a room at the executive motel by the airport and she loved the idea, I got a three hour room and the rest is history, we took some photos, these photos, we spoke some more and decided that we wanted to be serious about this.. we committed, we meant it and I’m still here to represent it. I took her back home at nine in the morning, I saw her the next day, the next day and the day after that.. And if all goes well, I’ll be seeing her for a foreseeable future. This is Alexa, my girlfriend and this is now my favorite date, January 26th. <3

(039) Sawa Girls, Work Family.

(039) Sawa Girls, Work Family.

We’ve worked hard, we’ve endured many hours and many times of hardship, we’re tired but we persevere.. The hospitality industry is a bitch, and serving others is as bad as it is good.. But through thick and thin, through arguments, through disagreements we all still like each other.. Ramzi, our owner through us a holiday party, it was a fucking blast, we all got hammered off drinks I made, we all smoked hookah, traded gifts and for one night, acted as obnoxious as a lot of guests do.. we were loud, we danced, and if I didn’t already mention it.. got hammered. We’ve bonded as a team, and we’re now a big loud annoying family… here’s to more hours serving sushi, hummus.. cocktails, and vibes. love ya’ll.

(038) Chantelle is Stunning..

(038) Chantelle is Stunning..

Sometimes you meet a girl who stuns you, the kind of girl you want to know everything about, the kind of girl who’s humble in her beauty and sometimes doesn’t really see what you do.. She doesn’t think she’s beautiful, even though she is.. Chantelle is that girl, the girl social media was built for. Here’s her own set as promised. <3

(037) RIDE OR DIE - Chantelle &amp; Sabrina..

(037) RIDE OR DIE - Chantelle & Sabrina..

From preschool to wandering around the streets late at night, it’s art basel and I’m in the presence of the some gorgeous women.. I’m meeting Chantelle for the first time, she’s someone I’ve followed for a while and have always been a fan, she doesn’t model too much but she should, in the other case Sabrina is a signed model who does this all the time.. it shows, but this isn’t about one thing in particular.. They’re stunning, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to take a picture of a genuine friendship years in the making.. Cheers, you majestic creatures.

(036) Rocky isn't Freddie.

(036) Rocky isn't Freddie.

The first ever male photoset comes from Virginia, but represents Los Angeles.. He’s one of my best friends, and one of the people I have the most respect for.. this is Rocky/Freddie… he is an incredible musician who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, and continues to do so. He wrote the music for my latest release ‘Lonely Boy’.. He’s a producer, engineer, songwriter and recently he became his own artist.. Earlier this year he put out his first tunes under the moniker “Freddie” but Rocky isn’t Freddie, and there’s simply no limit to what this man can do.. I had the pleasure of shooting his first promo pics for all of his upcoming projects.

(035) Deborah Makes Me Smile..

(035) Deborah Makes Me Smile..

three months ago I started a new job, Deborah was the hostess there at that time.. And I was immediately struck by her lowkey beauty, she also has this incredibly rare trait which transmits joy to those around her.. she smiles all the time, and that makes you smile just as much as she is.. which sucks because her smile is perfect, mine however isn’t.. but that’s not the point. She’s the kinda girl you want to have fun with, you can ignore attractions and pressure and just be you around her.. she’s just a tiny ball of joy, so naturally you want to spend more time with her.. She really wanted me to shoot her and I used anything as an excuse to hang out with this particular Venezuelan beauty. We planned a shoot and couldn’t decide on a location, so I surprised her by taking her to Arcade Odyssey.. She’d never been there, and plus last month they started serving beer.. it was kinda a no brainer, so here it is.. Tonight’s Muse presents Deborah in the arcade. You’re welcome.

(034) AIDY / EL SHOPPR / LAS ROSAS

(034) AIDY / EL SHOPPR / LAS ROSAS

I got off the phone with Aidy, we’d done a shoot back in the day and it went great.. so she wants to shoot some clothes her friends from Puerto Rico sent over, some pretty rad garments… and not unlike many other nights I found myself at Las Rosas, sitting at the bar and ordering a Lagunitas. A couple of beers in, and with a full roll to kill we got started just randomly shooting around the bar, trying to capture the essence of this mexican dive bar, and surprisingly enough no one offered us cocaine that night… I guess it’s because i never made it to the bathroom.. this is the log of that chill night with the puerto rican goddess.

(033) Madison Diaz / Cigarettes in a Motel Room..

(033) Madison Diaz / Cigarettes in a Motel Room..

Two and a half months I made a massive change in my life, and although it’s been tough… part of me feels like i’ll eventually be rewarded for being brave to alter such a large part of my life.

I left a restaurant that I’ve worked in for six years, and headed to the gables for greener pastures, I’m a bartender, the only male bartender and from the jump it seemed like I was respected in a different way, I was viewed differently and that has inspired me to continue to improve myself..

Second day, I’m standing by the service bar station and this girl walks up to me..

“do you wanna see me tie a cherry stem with my mouth?” I think that was our first interaction, she’s attractive and I’m a bit of a whore and I also like attention so I said … “sure”. And then, she did it. I was impressed, over the next couple of weeks we began to forge a relationship, a couple of drinks after shifts, the occasional back and forth and what not, and the sexual chemistry… it’s too strong to ignore, we’ve hung out twice outside of work and twice they’ve been memorable, she followed me on Instagram and seemed to be into what i was doing… she wanted to shoot, and I wanted to witness her exuding sensuality… this set is the result of that experiment, here’s to madison, the sexy curvaceous waitress from SAWA.

(032) Jenny Landin

(032) Jenny Landin

It’s Monday night and I’m sitting at home waiting for the call from the gate… Jenny Landin is on her way over and based on the experiences I’ve had with her younger sister (michelle) I couldn’t be more enthused.. it’s late and although I’m tired as fuck, I see potential.. potential for something great. We took a long time to get started, but I didn’t mind.. we spoke about life, experiences, emotions, life and when there’s good conversation, there are good vibes.. We listened to records, it was a good chance to dust off my vinyl which I don’t really get to listen to a whole lot these days.. we looked for wally in my chilean game books… I had a couple of beers and before I knew it, it was 3 AM… the night was over but I now know that whenever I shoot a Landin’, it’s always a good time.

(031) VIPER X PIPER

(031) VIPER X PIPER

I’ve been meaning to shoot these girls for a lifetime, Chelle and I actually go way back to the scene days.. we’ve spoken about it, and spoken about it but never got around to it.. it took one random night for the stars to align. The beautiful Roxy Rose asked me if I wanted to hang, and this story was told previously on set (028) but we ended up at SlayRizz’s video shoot, and I ended up doing BTS.. to my surprise, my girls Viper X Piper were in the building and the rest is history.. glam, glitz and glitter and the kind of girls who make you feel a certain way just with a look.. Tonight’s Muse presents Chelle and Raine (Viper X Piper)

(030) Koleen Estrada is angelic.

(030) Koleen Estrada is angelic.

it’s a weekday and i find myself driving to the grove at about 1pm. A stunning woman named Koleen Estrada awaits me with her friend to shoot at this crazy location in the area. We met up while they changed inside their BMW, they’re wearing matching outfits and they look great. Especially Koleen, she’s prettier in person, and that statement alone is crazy enough.. So this day wasn’t planned out well at all, we couldn’t shoot in the location and our shoot was basically a series of uninspired, sporadic moments but with all that being said, it worked.. which made me realize locations matter but when you have someone as angelic as Koleen in front of your camera, it’s always beautiful.. She models, but Koleen is not your typical muse, I first heard of her through the world of music, she’s a singer and talented violinist, she’s one of those people you brag about knowing.. She’s a muse in every sense of the word, even when you’re forced to walk the grove aimlessly in search of a place to shoot.

(029) Sandee Santiago &amp; Beautiful Nostalgia.

(029) Sandee Santiago & Beautiful Nostalgia.

(“my fourteen year old self would be freaking out right now”.) it’s Thursday and I work later in the day, but this morning is special.. I get a call from the gate telling me that there’s someone here for me, someone I’ve known for a lifetime, someone that I just don’t seen anymore.. Sandee and I met when we were kids, I dated her best friend Olivia and we spent a lot of time together, we have a lot of stories, a lot of history, and a lot of unresolved feelings. Sandee and I were never an item but something was always alive within our relationship, she was 14 at the time, I was 16 and boy did we get into shit.. We both had a likeness towards one another, but it never manifested into anything and through the years we’ve just been bystanders in each other’s life.. other than getting breakfast at Denny’s once about two years ago, we haven’t seen or spoken since the glory of our younger days. She’s grown up quite well, Sandee has always been a cute girl, but now she’s a beautiful woman, and I desperately hope she knows that.. she’s emotional, vulnerable and most of all stunningly true, she shows you who she is when she lays down, when she opens her mouth…

Sandee had never done a photoshoot, and that’s usually my favorite because it signals that this is not merely a project, this is a real life moment caught through the lens of a shitty film camera, we got drunk on wine and did things we dreamed about when we were kids, we picked up where we left off all those years ago, but no matter what we respected our emotions. This was a different kind of shoot, my inspirational techniques were different, I wanted her to see what I saw and that’s that she grew up to be a beautiful woman, one who’s sexy as hell and one who deserves to be worshipped, treated well, someone who shouldn’t waste her time with a man who doesn’t appreciate her the way anyone should.. I know I’m not the most helpful, and i usually raise more questions than I care to answer but she deserves the world and it took me twelve years to see her for the majestic creature she is, I hope it takes her less to figure this out for herself.. this is tonight’s muse, and this is nostalgia; ultra. playing Frank Ocean as I stare at her tattooed body in proximity, craving everything she’s not giving me.. cheers to you, thanks for still being in my life.

(028) ROXY ROSE

(028) ROXY ROSE

cheers to the beautiful island of puerto rico, for women like roxy rose. she represents everything about the island I love… her thick accent has a way of moving me. we met up on a faithful night to shoot, and i was smitten. we started a fire, literally… it didn’t work. lol then we went to shoot a video, more of that coming later on… point is, roxy has shot with me in the past, but i needed another try to do her justice.

(027) TEARS TEARS TEARS (Full Set)

(027) TEARS TEARS TEARS (Full Set)

I met Alex online a couple weeks back, she makes music, she sings beautifully and she looks like someone who's cute, but also unaware of or uncaring for what society's standards of beauty are... and it works, she's the girl you meet randomly outside the bar smoking a cigarette, she's the girl who opens up and tells you everything about herself, she's the girl who shocks you by doing so, because at first she seems a little intimidating, she's the girl you leave your friends for, she's the girl you want to know more about, she's the girl who gets you into trouble, but you don't mind.. she's the girl who makes the strange normal, and the normal seem strange, I haven't known tears long, but after this one glorious Tuesday night.. I definitely want to know her more, shout out to Las Rosas, and The Love Below, and whatever other place we stopped at along the way, Tonight's Muse presents Alexandria aka Tears. She's here to steal your heart as you buy dutches at the corner Sunoco station.

(026) The Party & The After Party

(026) The Party & The After Party

So it's Saturday and I'm at work for a double shift, I was working the service bar that morning and all was going swell for me to go on break and return about an hour later.. that is until some glassware broke and cut my ring finger, it was deep.. and I was bleeding a lot, long story short; I left work and headed for Jackson ER for stitching, my job paid for it... haha when I returned with the paperwork my manager sent me home, said I wasn't needed and for me to rest up.. I planned on doing so, then I remembered that Hunter had invited me to a house warming which I was going to miss because of my shifts, so I picked up some clothes, and with my finger wrapped I headed down Biscayne towards north beach.. I got there and saw my friends, and that's when it all began, I reconnected with a good friend and local legend Julian Yuri, saw previous muses like Hunter herself, her friend Nicole, my homie Natalia, and George, everyone else was a stranger.

Didn't matter, we got lit, drink flowed and a lot of smoke was being passed around. Pipes, J's, Blunts, and this one dude was smoking from a plastic water bottle.. everyone was gone, and we were just sitting in a living room acting a fool, it was great... I was having so much fun that I realized I needed my camera, I realized that girls like these, people like this, moments like this need to be recorded, saved for the future.. I had one black and white film pack for my Spirit 600, the rest is history, this is the party and the after party featuring..... 

(025) TEARS for the Polaroid Sessions..

(025) TEARS for the Polaroid Sessions..

I drove up to broward in search of a little singer named Tears, a stunning little punk girl named Alexandria, we went to wynwood. We spoke about music, and passions, and other things, she's really cool. We drove a while, until we didn't. We snapped photos, and then we went to The Love Below 3 year at Rosas, so many fucking people.. such a great party, it was great while it lasted. It was even better going home, she got more comfortable, she started removing pieces of clothing and posing a little more, we listened and sang along to Never Shout Never, it was perfect. This is Alex Tears for the polaroid sessions, full set dropping soon.

(024) Naomi Guava : The Anime Queen

(024) Naomi Guava : The Anime Queen

Little did I know while I was driving that this night would be one of my best in some time.. I pulled up with two bottles of wine and was greeted by a stunning Naomi in a silk robe, I walked in and her room was mesmerizing, it was inspiring, it was something you'd see in a fire tumblr page..  What surprised me the most is that Naomi was instantly comfortable, and this only grew as the glasses flowed. "My cousin's coming over, she's cute you can shoot her too" ... We started the shoot a couple glasses in, and then her cousin came over, we spoke about anime, about her being a camgirl, and being refreshingly open minded about sex, in an intelligent way.. She has great taste in music, we listened to the Smiths, Graham Nash, and a bunch of other amazing shit.. She plays bass in a band, that's incredibly hot to me. She speaks Japanese, and is genuinely obsessed with their culture, she's been on Japanese TV and she's of latin decent. She's cute, and goofy, and she's so confident when she puts and takes off clothes that makes every moment a photo. Her cousin arrived, we drank more.. her cousin was also taking things off and putting things on because they were all headed to Las Rosas.. She was cute, she was funny.. and them together was magic. I had a blast, and I liked them so much that I went out with them to Las Rosas that night.. Thank you girls.