I recently had the pleasure of working with Lauren Wood for the iOS app
“Draft,” which is a fantasy football game for the
iPhone. One thing I like about Lauren is how
casual and easy to work with she is. You almost
forget that she is on a top rated MTV show
weekly that was created by Nick Cannon (Wildin’ Out), and has been for
several seasons. I’ve worked with a lot of women
doing far less who were way more high maintenance.
Lauren is a breath of fresh air.
I must say, I haven’t seen pix of Alysha Young I liked this much
since my own photographs of her for J’Adore
magazine in 2010. In fact, I probably like these
shots by photographer Tim Pethel more than mine.
They’re just plain good and a lot of so-called
urban models and Instagram types could learn a
goodly amount about natural light and photo
realistic post from these images.
In August of last year, right under the wire, Tabria stopped by and we took a
few pics to submit to the Wet Seal Plus contest. It was
very close - she almost didn’t do it. Well, out of
thousands of applicants she won and now the fruits
of her winning have appeared online. She is now
featured on the Wet Seal website modeling their
clothing. This is a big deal. Lots of women come
out to Los Angeles every year with stars in their
eyes, but very few actually make inroads. This is
a significant inroad to modeling in an official
capacity (not that crap on Instagram). So congrats
to Tabria! Below is a pic from the set we took for
the contest as well as some screen caps from the
Wet Seal website.
So here’s the story behind these pics. I ran into
Alysha Young - completely by happenstance - at YouTube
Space LA. We were actually there to meet Amy Jackson,
the model in the post below this one, but after several
confirming email and texts she completely flaked.
Nothing new in this unverified person world of
Instagram (e.g., you have no idea if the person behind
the account is even real, much less professional).
Anyway, Alysha, who I’ve known for years, saved the
day! She was there for a music video and agreed to take
some photos so it wasn’t a wasted trip. She’s my good
luck charm. I can recall her helping to save the day at
another shoot of mine. Check out Alysha on Twitter
HERE and on Instagram HERE.