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Here is a Creative beauty workshop I am co-hosting.
zairia.wordpress.com/studio-61…
August 24th and 25th
October 26th and 27th
The workshop is focused on Beauty and Extreme Beauty Photography. Please check it out!
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
Unless you have permission from me to use my images, please do not put them on other sites. Do not put them on porn sites. Do not link them back to me. This morning I searched my name and my stuff was on a porn site. I do not want my name associated with porn.
Please forgive the bluntness. I was really pissed.
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
It's been a while since I did a new journal entry. I am on the mend. I'm starting to shoot again and hopefully get my mojo back! I'm all healed from the seizures and from my surgeries and things are returning to normal with a vengeance ! woohoo! lol

I have two workshops I'll be mentoring for this month!
Here's the links if your interested. If you decide to come, tell him Z sent you! :)
www.supershoots.com/studio61/
www.supershoots.com/stlouis/

Come like my FB page! There's more pinups and beauty images.
www.facebook.com/KittyKatPinup
or send me a friend request on my personal page. www.facebook.com/Zairia
Beauty and pinup images, Family, friends and random stuff on there. lol

Right now I'm looking to work with two pinup models for modern classic pinup. Hopefully a blonde and a brunette. I'd like to do new Holiday and general classic pinups. If your interested, send me a message. You would need to be available Sundays or Wednesdays. I'm also working on new beauty images! A little dramatic but my soul is smiling! :)

At the end of November I'm going to Jamaica! My husband and I are going to renew our vows for our 10th anniversary. I can't wait! I am soo looking forward to it! My man is truly my heart!
I'd also like to say thank you for the DD and for everyone who commented. It was a nice surprise to see and I appreciate all the comments!
Thanks Again!
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
This past November I had a seizure and broke and dislocated my left shoulder. In January, it happened again. The good news... I'm on the mend and starting to shoot again. I'm just trying to get to where I was and then surpass it.

If all goes as planned, I will be mentoring at a Nashville, TN SuperShoots workshop April 14th & 15th!
Here's a link if you're interested.

www.supershoots.com/nashville/

May 26th & May 27th there will be an avant garde workshop out of my home and if the weather is good at some terrific nearby locations. We're still working out the details but it should be fun! I work with a lot of talented people!

June 9th I'm having my Annual Pinup BBQ Party and entertainment has already been lined up! Rosy Glow, a Burlesque performer, will be performing with fire! I can't wait! My BBQ's are always so much fun! Good people, good times!

June 16th through the 21st I will be mentoring at Hit the Lodge Xtreme! I'm bringing a lot of pinup stuff! HTL is like band camp for photographers. ; )
Here's a link if you're interested.

www.hitthelodge.com/

Here's another link to my own experience plus some behind the scenes photos and video.
zairia.wordpress.com/supershoo…

At this time the only other SuperShoots event I will be mentoring at will be St. Louis SuperShoots which is near me. Last year was fun.
www.supershoots.com/stlouis/

Personally, now that I'm shooting again, I'm looking to get tear sheets whether online or print. I had a lot of downtime to think about what I want to do and this year one of my goals is to achieve getting tears, plus up my photography to another level. I'm also trying to start having behind the scenes video of what I'm doing. That's been a little 50/50. Any advice would be great!

When I'm not shooting, I'll be doing physical therapy, getting my health in order, and a lot of spring cleaning and painting. Plus we're getting new windows put in and I'm finally getting my red door! Woot! It should be here within a couple of weeks. YAY!

With all the downtime I've had, I really enjoyed looking at all the fabulous work on here. Truly amazing work! So inspiring, and it gave me something to look forward to each day! So for that DA, thank you!

Z :)
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
Happy New Year DA and I hope 2012 brings you much happiness and success!

I plan on ringing in the new year with my Husband with a night of dancing and much merriment! "see Alcohol, lol"

Then I'll be on my way to Peoria, Illinois the 6th,7th, and 8th to mentor for the first SuperShoots.com event of the new year! I will be teaching pinup again this year! Can't wait!

My next SuperShoots event I'll be mentoring at after Peoria, will be www.hitthelodge.com/ in Pittsfield, Illinois. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at this event. It's like band camp but for photographers. Very intense, you learn a lot from different instructors and mentors, eat yummy home cooked meals, and come away feeling like family. This is one of my favorite events!

I'm also planning a trip for Mexico in January of 2013. (Unless the world ends, lol) That will be my 10th wedding anniversary and we are planning a Vow Renewal Ceremony.

In the meantime, I'm hoping to be able to start shooting again by March or April.  November 4th, 2011, I had another seizure and broke and dislocated my LEFT shoulder this time, so I'm hoping for no more breaks or dislocations for the New Year! "Fingers Crossed!"

When I can shoot again, plan to see more pinups and beauty images from me, plus a few conceptual avant garde fashion shoots. Alot of these shoots are already in the conceptual stage, I'm just waiting to be able to shoot them.
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
My arm and shoulder are healing nicely and now I'm just starting to build the strength back up. I'm slowly starting to shoot again. How I've missed it. I've done 3 shoots so far and I think my favorite one so far was the Miss Ashley shoot. It was the first one I didn't need help moving lights or have to wear a heat pack on. I think I'm now ready for paid shoots again. YAY!

I will be mentoring in St. Louis with SuperShoots.com on the 24th of this month. Here's a link if you're interested: www.supershoots.com/stlouis/
Check it out!

The 25th I'm on my way to Nashville, TN to spend 5 days celebrating my sister-in-law and bestie's 30th birthday! woo hoo! Shopping and good times ahead!

To see more work, check out my FB pages.

www.facebook.com/KittyKatPinup
www.facebook.com/Zairia
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
I found out today that I will NOT need surgery on my shoulder and that it is healing well. I'm going to try to shoot tomorrow for the first time since April. I'm really looking forward to it. My friend Mark, and fellow photographer, is going to help me. So look in my gallery in the next few days for images from tomorrows session!

I'm going to physical therapy 2 times a week and doing it at home too. I can't wait to be able to get back to shooting paid clients.

A few things I've learned from this photography wise ...

1. I love photography.
2. I was meant to be a photographer
3. It gave me a deeper appreciation of all the wonderful mentors I've had.
4. It gave me insight into where I want to go with my work.
5. I've missed participating on DA!

Other things I've learned...

1. I have the best supportive Husband, family and friends.
2. Trying to stay positive is hard but worth it.
3. It's ok to ask for help.
4. Sometimes it's ok to whine as long as you don't wallow in it.
5. Some of the Doctors I saw feel that their time is more valuable than mine and that pisses me off. It made me wonder how they would feel if my firefighter husband    was late getting to their house. 15 minute wait is normal. An hour or more should not occur.
6. I am willing to work my ass off to get back to where I was health wise.
7. Sometimes having a large margarita or two is wonderful! lol
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
The day before Memorial Day I had a seizure and dislocated my shoulder again. I have yet to come to that magical day where I don't feel constant pain or aching in my shoulder. The fracture has healed and the chip is mending.

I start Physical Therapy July 7th. Hopefully I should be shooting again by September or October. Currently I am only doing mentoring sessions for SuperShoots.net and my pinup mentoring session, "One on One with Miss Ashley".
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I just wanted to let everyone know that I wont be on here for awhile. A couple of weeks ago I had foot surgery and 2 days later I somehow broke and totally dislocated my shoulder. I'm in the worst pain I've felt in my entire life and the doctor said there will be a 3-6 month recovery time for my shoulder. Right now it hurts to sit at desk too long. My foot is already almost healed. If you need to contact me please do it through FB. i can answer through my phone.
www.facebook.com/Zairia

Z
  • Mood: Pain
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What an awesome way to start the day! I woke up this morning and was happily surprised to see all the comments. Thank you so much for the DD and all the wonderful comments on " All Tired Out".
I believe pregnancy is beautiful and many women feel fat, tired and sometimes overwhelmed during this time. Tiffany's husband highly encouraged her to do this so she would know she was still beautiful. This is their second child and he's due here within the next couple of weeks. Momma and baby are doing great. : )
The only other pregnancy pinup I've seen was a 1976 pinup from artist, Alberto Vargas titled "You can afford to go 'Ho, ho, ho'; yours is a pillow!"
Anyone following my work knows that Vargas and Gil Elvgren are my main sources of inspirations. I photograph my models and then give them a somewhat painted effect, like I painted them verses photographing them.

Please check out the rest of my works! Thank you again to everyone who commented and for the DD! It is greatly appreciated!

Z : )
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  • Listening to: Your the Boss
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  • Drinking: Coffee as always
I'm looking to update my website bio and I'm looking for descriptive words to describe my pinup.
Any help would be appreciated.
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www.blurb.com/user/store/ZPhot…

I have two new portfolio books for sale.

Creative Beauty is a collection of my favorite beauty images from when I first started photography through 2010.

Kitty Kat Pinup, Volume I, is a collection of my modern classic pinups from when I first formed Kitty Kat Pinup in 2006, through 2010.

Kitty Kat Pinup,Volume II, will be out as soon as I can get it together. It will include location pinup,portraits, Burlesque,retro/pulp photography and some of my fetish works.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. I was lucky enough to work with some amazingly talented people whose value I cannot measure. Their skills and dedication to their crafts are truly exceptional.

Happy New Year Everyone! May the new year bring you much happiness and success!

Z
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Happy Holidays Deviantart! May everyone have a safe and joyous season!
Here's a link to some of my personal holiday images that I've done. I hope you enjoy!
animoto.com/play/jGlZRL1HFNBDg…


Z
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  • Listening to: Santa, Baby
  • Eating: cheese crackers & peanut butter
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With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner I thought I'd start off by wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season.
My makeup room is done for now. The trim and the flooring still needs to be installed, but it's usable again. My second guest room is also done for now. It still needs a few things done as well, but I think it's looking pretty good. Plus it should make another great shooting location. We'll see...

I have a few holiday shoots coming up. Hopefully they will go as planned. Miss Ashley and her daughter, Zoe, are going to be taking a photo ride through Whosville. It's going to be a mother daughter portrait. Crossing my fingers. I will also be doing my first reindeer pinup with Miss Ashley. Should be fun!
I'm also going to do a holiday beauty shoot with the lovely Tiffany. As it stands right now, I'll also be doing makeup and hair. Crossing my fingers that all goes well.
I have a 3 month old grandson, Jayden, that will be making his debut. The idea came from the recent cover of W Magazine. I'm hoping he's awake for one part of it and sleeps through another part. lol My youngest stepdaughter, Elise, will be the model for it. Miss Ashley will be doing makeup and John Napoli will be doing hair. I'm doing that this Monday! I'm hoping to rock it!
P.S. It's time to decorate my home! YAY!
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  • Listening to: Christmas with AZ One
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Currently I'm redoing my prop/makeup room. It's going from a dark brown gloomy room to a room with light with a vintage feel. The colors are white, pink, black and turquoise. My makeup artists and hair stylists are already loving me. lol When it's done, I'll post before and after photos.

In 11 days, I'm off to Cancun, Mexico for 7 wonderful fun filled days of total relaxation! I'm already packing! I totally can't wait!WooHoo!

I have 12 days off when I come back, then I'm off to Atlanta, Georgia November 6th and 7th for a 2 day, intense, SuperShoots workshop, using agency signed models. It should be exciting. Check it out!

www.supershoots.net/forums_top…
www.supershoots.com/atlanta/

When I come back, the photography holiday season will begin. Christmas is my favorite time of year. It's the time when I'm most creative. I am already getting out my holiday costumes and holiday beauty supplies. My last shooting day of the year will be December 17th. Then it's family time.
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www.supershoots.com/cocoabeach…

I'm leaving tomorrow for Cocoa Beach, Florida. It's for a SuperShoots workshop that I mentor for. Should be a good time! I love the beach!
October 15th, I fly to Cancun, Mexico for 7 days of total relaxation! WOOHOO!
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With Me II, I felt a feminine need to be in front of the camera.I felt a need to feel beautiful. My friend, Michael Rosen, was kind enough and patient enough to take this photograph. I'm no longer in my 20's,I'm 41.

I'm normally behind the camera, and generally that's where I like to stay. Sometimes I forget what it takes for anyone to get in front of the camera, especially an older female. I sometimes forget to feel empathy because I just want my shot.

I felt a lot of insecurities about the way I looked, about only being in a rope,wondering if I looked bad, wondering if the photo would come out good.I am not comfortable being in front of the camera. In fact, I generally freeze up. Michael kept reassuring me through the whole process. The plus side, to all those feelings, was it made me remember to feel empathy for the next person that was in front of my lens.

The bonus was that Michael did what he said he would.He made me look beautiful.
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I just bought 3-800 Alien Bees, portable power unit that is on backorder, "hopefully not for long" 3 stands, two flash rings, and carrying bags. Having a little buyers remorse but at the same time, excited! Everything is needed. My equipment needed replacing.

I have 3 shoots coming up. Both are taking me out of my comfort zone. Hopefully in a good way. All three are non studio. One indoors, two outdoors. None on a backdrop. While I love my backdrops, I also find it boring sometimes.

I'm thinking about having a Pinup Christmas party December 4th. I love that time of year and it's the Saturday after my birthday!

I'm going on a vacation to Mexico this October! Can't wait! Need clothes! Need more jobs! lol

I'm thinking of doing a "The Littlest Pinup" series using Miss Ashley's little girl, Zoe. She's a cute kid and loves being in front of the camera. Miss Ashley wants us to dress her up as Cindy Lou Who for Christmas. lol

Right now I should be finishing up a shoot from a private client, but it's just one of those things. I'm feeling too blah and bored to do the work but if I just did it, I wouldn't be bored. Catch 22, see?

I don't understand the Llamas or the points. I hope someone can explain it to me.

I loved that I had a DD! That was awesome!

See? Random Stuff!
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If you would like to use my images in any possible way -  Please contact me.

You can:
:bulletred: note me;
or
:bulletred: leave a comment with a question in my profile or under the photo which you would like to use.


I will answer for sure and pretty fast too. Generally I just want a copy of the final product with credits given.
Same thing applies for magazine submissions.

All the best,

Z :)
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My husband, Quin, is now back from Iraq and life as I know it is returning to somewhat normal.We are going to Chicago in August for a conference and then he will be retiring from the guard. He will still have his Civil Service job so in that respect life goes on.

My SuperShoots HTL XI presentation went ok but not great. I talk too low when I get nervous. I had some positive and negative feedback which I learned from. The main thing I learned is that my teaching style is best suited to around 5 people. There's more interaction and the learning process is a lot more fun! The best thing I learned is there was a lot of interest in pinup and all the different genres. I really liked that!

Right now I'm thinking about doing up a coffee table book with my beauty images. I like the way MyPublisher.com does their books, I just wish they were more affordable to the general public.

My next SuperShoots event is Cocoa Beach, Florida in September. Sun and Surf! What could be more perfect for a photography workshop?
www.supershoots.com/cocoabeach…

Also in September, my year long Kitty Kat Pinup project with Chelsea Dawn will be coming to a close! Hopefully she will stick around. I'm going to be doing up a coffee table book with all the images we took.

Then it's off to a wonderful vacation in Mexico! YAY!!!

Then to start off the new year, I will be attending Peoria Rocks VI in Peoria, Illinois.
www.supershoots.com/peoria/
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