The mannequin’s came first, then we had to find a bald model. Safira Angel was another out of town model.
Athena Fatale came down from Dallas with Angela. We had this idea we wanted to do a devil and the amazing Heather Stanley took her into the makeup room and started hand painting.
I know Athena thought it was fun because after the shoot she called Angela in to the dressing room to get her to take a picture of what she looked like after she took the latex “bikini” off….She didn’t ask me, I’d have be glad to shoot her.
Angela Ryan was the headliner of the calendar if anyone was. She wanted July because her birthday was in July.
I said recently I’ve got an up coming shoot that will be the coolest since the zombies. This is the Zombie shoot I was talking about. Incredible zombie makeup by the Seraphemera people. Ms. October is one of the zombies as well.
Xotica was Ms June. She was one of the first models to come in from out of town, in this case Austin.
Little bit of Houston trivia, Howard Hughes is buried in Houston in the beautiful Glenwood cemetery. We shot these images kind of commando. Glennwood is cool with people being in the cemetery during the day, but we weren’t sure how they’d react to a woman in a leather bikini.
Make up by Spleen.
If April was April Showers, then May must be May Flowers.
This was an image we shot, but never used. The boots Spleen is wearing have literally 12 inch heels, with a 4 inch at least platform. And she’s standing in the car ramp of our studio. Which is at an angle. We had to help her down then she could carefully stand. Then we needed to fill the ramp with fog, which we did using a fog machine and much dry ice.
April showers with a twist. A drowned model and a man with magic.
This idea was Marc’s and he managed to work himself into another month, though I don’t think that was his plan.
The model was one of only 2 models I would say weren’t goth at all. She was actually tan. Nor is she that gaunt. Heather Stanley, one of the Seraphemera people, looked at her and told her to lay on the ground and just started painting makeup on her. This was the result.
The table is one of those industrial kitchen tables and is still in our studio. I leaned a very big ladder up against the wall, climbed up and shot down.
I paid the models in calendars that they could sell. Ava Ruby is the only one who never got hers. I think she didn’t like the way it turned out. I know it didn’t make her look attractive, but it did make a cool image.
There just aren’t many good holidays in March.
St. Patrick’s day doesn’t really lend itself to Goth.
Ankha’s boyfriend at the time was Brian Crump, who was a body painter. We decided to do something theatrical. We had masks. We got this.
The three masked people? Marc Moorash, my wife Suanna, and Model Spleen, who was also part of Seraphemera back them.
We started with the idea of baby – or in this case babe – new year taking over from the old year/father time. Babe was a great idea because we could strip her down a bikini. But we had to put a twist on it of course.
Maybe last year wasn’t quite ready to go.
The model is Skarah Black.
Some points to consider, just to make it interesting. I was just discovering the joy of oiling up model to make them glisten, so we did it Skarah. Didn’t really show up in this image, but it did make her slippery. Which isn’t that great when she’s holding a Bowie knife and kneeling over father time.
Father time is Marc Moorash of Seraphemera Books. Seraphemera was my partner on this and they did a lot of work, including all of the layout of the calendar.
Here’s a couple more. Skarah has a very long tongue, that’s all I’m going to say. The Absinthe picture appeared under the January calendar. Apparently absinthe is very goth.
Table of Contents
I mentioned last week when talking about creating interesting work that I had done a Goth Swimsuit calendar. It was shot during the summer of 2006 and was for the year 2007. Since then the website for that calendar has gone away and there really isn’t anywhere you can see the images. So I decided to post all of the images from the calendar here on Glamour Apprentice and give you some of the background behind each one.
First we start with the cover.
The cover was not shot first. It was almost last. For the calendar a few models come in from out of town. There were two that were considered “headliners” for the calendar, Angela Ryan, the redhead, and Athena Fatale, the bad ass. The weekend they were going to be in town I contacted the guy who provided January’s hearse and he brought a buddy with another hearse for a “hearse car wash”. The carwash being a staple of swimsuit calendars and hearse’s being a staple of goth. Then I contacted a number of the local models to come down and shot them with the hearses. Getting the cover.