Another publication to share! Yahooooo! I prefer Google, actually.
The Alchemist Magazine is a new mag with a lot of art and edgy, experimental photography, and their latest cover feature stars our illustrious Yoanna House, winner of ANTM America’s Next Top Model Cycle 2! (That’s right, y’all, two covers with Yoanna last month! POW!) Yoanna has brought her talent, experience, and wealth of knowledge about modeling and the fashion industry back to our good ol’ home town of Jacksonville, FL. In addition to hosting the Beauty Buzz on First Coast Living, she continues to travel for numerous gigs, including an ambassadorship with OPI.
Daryna invited me to style and I loved her concept. We had planned for a sexy lingerie shoot on a city rooftop, but thanks to the rainy weather, we switched it up and shot in an abandoned warehouse just behind Kimberly Clarke Salon. The contrast worked out perfectly–a “shady” warehouse and coy styling: pink and black silks and laces in the lingerie, DKNY trenchcoats, fragrant pink roses, and chic designer accessories brought by Yoanna herself. I brought my wireless speaker for some tunes: played some trip hop and Lana Del Rey to set the tone and we ended up dancing to Madonna. It was totally fun and the fact that it rained didn’t bring us down!
By the way, I just wanted to say that Kimberly and her team at her salon were wonderful hosts to us. They let us use the salon to prep and made us feel at home. They even helped us locate some props! Thank you ladies, especially Stephanie, Danielle, and Kimberly! 🙂
Here are a few of the tearsheets of my favorite shots:
And some BTS:
An artsy feet shot in the warehouse. Didn’t take too many BTS shots, just wanted to let Yoanna and Daryna focus and do their thing! And with all the lingerie I had to focus as well, nary a wardrobe malfunction!
Stiletto boots are no joke! It takes teamwork 😉
Here’s a lovely group shot! L to R: Daryna, yours truly, Yoanna, Stephanie, and Lilia <3 BTW, just past our smiling faces you can see just how shady this warehouse was, haha!
Shorties with the professional. I’m on my tippy toes here.
Yoanna made this pose and it inspired me to take this selfie at the end of the day. Look, no rain!
Photographer | Daryna Barykina
Model | Yoanna House
Styling | Argie Mitra
Hair | Stephanie Vandelogt
Makeup | Lilia Budnik
Photography Assist | Elena Rodriguez
Special thanks to Kimberly Clarke Salon