'Holy shit - I still haven't done my VIP blog post this month! Where the fuck has September gone!!'
This thought raced through my head late one recent night. Actually I guess that was four nights ago. Shit. Feels like yesterday/a year ago. It's true - life for JNT has been CRRRAAAZZZY lately and this little B has been traveling, working, and loving life non-stop. But seriously - I hadn't yet done my VIP post/newsletter for September? Shit!!
Happy but exhausted, with about a million things still left to accomplish in what was already a late night before packing up, grabbing a couple hours of sweet, sweet, Zzz's, and waking up early to transport myself and about 75lbs of luggage from the heart of Brooklyn to the far west side of Manhattan as I moved on to the next leg of my northeast model tour, (*inhale*)
I diligently added to the next day's schedule:
"Figure Out VIP Shiz!"
Just then, my host and Brooklyn native/amazing photographer/night owl/wayward-model savior Paul Ward spoke from where he was seated at his computer about 10 feet from my bottom bunk, model nest (that's right, he has bunk beds for traveling models, be jealous), "I've just emailed you your top favorites from our shoot."
It feels good to cross things off the to-do list.
Prepare for some truly Amazing..
I have been in touch with Paul Ward for a couple of years now, but our timing just has never been quite right to bring together a collaboration.
But as they say, good things come to those that wait.
And as I say, my timing in life is perfect. As are these amazing shots. Paul & I finally came together exactly when and how we were meant to. And the results are stunning (in my own humble opinion I might add - I'm sure Paul would be much more confident in that statement. He is from Brooklyn after all, a place not exactly known for it's meekness ;)
A couple things that have always been apparent to me about Paul is that One: He's awesome - anyone who opens up their home to traveling models year round has to be pretty fucking cool. 2. His work is GORGEOUS and 3. Paul don't shoot us tattooed folks.
Clearly, between Paul's creative lighting and framing, and my knowledgable posing and make up skills - we were able to find a way to work around it.
Did you even notice??
Probably not, right? Yeah, we're just that good.
Personally, I don't even see my tattoos. Not in photos, not in real life. Just like my millions of freckles, I forget I have them. And dozens can attest that when the subject comes up I sagely speak against permanently inking their beautiful skin.
"Tattoos are dumb, mmkay."
But I am who I am and whether or not I'm able to see that Winnie the Pooh and Piglet have a permanent place, singing from an uncarved stone by a quiet, winding creek in Ancient China on my right shoulder blade, the art community sees it immediately.
And, whatever your feelings are on the subject, the art community is not the fan of personal body art mucking things up. At least not yet.
Hey, I don't make the rules.
I just break them.
Thanks for tuning in! I hope you guys love the photo set! Be sure to CLICK HERE FOR THIS MONTH'S SUPAH SEXXXAY WALLPAPER DOWNLOADS from this gorgeous set.
Again, so many thank you's to Paul for his hospitality, his talent, and for seeing past what's on my skin, and deeper into what exists in my heart.
All my love to my VIPs! You are amazing! I love sharing, and couldn't do it without you. Be sure to follow my daily adventures on My Instagram and feel free to show your support for the #WhiteGurlBootay on My Patreon!
All images (Minus that meme you sillies) are ©Paul Ward Photography 2016
*Please credit the model & photographer if sharing, and please contact Paul Ward Directly if you'd like to purchase one of these amazing images as a print <3