Treasures

A few favorites. 

M: Nina Hartley | Glasses: Cutler & Gross | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M: Nina Hartley | Glasses: Cutler & Gross | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Thank you, everyone for your patience with this last little collection! Also, thank you for your support - your shares, likes, retweets, kind comments, etc. I love connecting with you guys, and all the love is very much appreciated by all parties involved. 

This shoot was a dream project and I'm glad I got to experience these moments and watch as this project came to life. I'm also glad that you all get to see pieces of it!

 This is a first of many shoots to come, I'm sure. 

This particular collection contains a few of my favorites from the last look we did and a few extra images that did not make it into the previous blogs. I think these ones speak to me more because they are their own individual image and moment. 

There are times, much like this, where I simply cannot edit everything all at once, I listen to different music every time I sit down to edit, each day is different etc., and I edit images one image at a time.  

M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

For me, that allows total concentration. I can focus on the music playing in the background, the various expressions, the colors, and really take the time to see each image as their own little story.  I've never been a fan of mass edits (doing things all in one sitting) though of course, I've done it before - it's just not my favorite method. Props to those who live for mass edits. Seriously.  

In most of these Nina is wearing the same thing, but every pose and look says something different. Which I love. 

Side note: I love black heels. | M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Side note: I love black heels. | M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I hope that when you view these, after your initial scroll through, you can slow down and appreciate each one. I titled this blog, Treasures, for that very reason. 

Nina is a beautiful soul and I was very honored to share her space and work with her on her birthday. 

 

M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Previously unreleased: 

Color Version | M: Nina Hartley | Glasses: Cutler & Gross | Bodysuit: WinterFetish.com | Bra: Wolford Fashion | Gloves: Bergdorfs | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Color Version | M: Nina Hartley | Glasses: Cutler & Gross | Bodysuit: WinterFetish.com | Bra: Wolford Fashion | Gloves: Bergdorfs | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M: Nina Hartley | Glasses: Cutler & Gross | Bodysuit: WinterFetish.com | Bra: Wolford Fashion | Gloves: Bergdorfs | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M: Nina Hartley | Glasses: Cutler & Gross | Bodysuit: WinterFetish.com | Bra: Wolford Fashion | Gloves: Bergdorfs | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Another black and white favorite!  | M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Another black and white favorite!  | M: Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

After your look through, feel free to share with us what stories you've come up with for your favorite image. You can Tweet us using, @ItsJosefina_ and @ninaland, or you can leave a comment below. 

I'd love to know your thoughts! 

xo,

J. 

 

 

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Photographed.

The Final Set Part 1.

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I have spent the past week sick and at home. Which has given me plenty of time to edit. Therefore, you guys are getting this last set in two parts - because there's plenty to share, but I want you all to take the time to enjoy these, too! 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

In the past (almost) two weeks since the first photos from our shoot started to appear, all of my social media accounts have been flooded with beautiful comments regarding our work. I want to take a minute and thank you all for such lovely words. It really means a lot to me that you enjoy my work enough to comment, follow, like and share, tweet and retweet links and that you want to see more of my work, (even if it doesn't always feature Nina). Validation that I'm in the right field of work. So thank you. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I've been asked why I wanted to photograph Nina and how I captured her like I did, as "they aren't like any other photographs of Nina I've ever seen!" Well, my dears, that would be the point. When I first discovered who Nina was, it was actually an accident, someone mistook her for a model that I had previously worked with and when I discovered who Nina was, I took immediate interest in finding out more.

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

With my photos of Nina I wanted to capture the entire person, not just a piece of her life. Yes, she's a fabulous adult entertainer and I'm sure most of the planet has seen at least one video of her in their lives (or if not, has seen the movie "Boogie Nights"). But she is also an educator, a speaker, a mentor, and an artist who really does admires all kinds of art - and took a chance in creating art with me. She is as intelligent as she is beautiful. 

This is a personal favorite.  M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

This is a personal favorite.  M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Those who know me well know that how I view the world and how I view the people in it/around me, tends to differs greatly from what other people see. To me, it's important to highlight the beauty and the individual for everything they are. This life is our book, its a canvas, something that we work on to create ourselves and to share what we've learned with the people we care about.

What I look for in these photo sessions are the people's stories - their entire essence. I want to learn about what they do, how they've gotten there, etc., as life stories fascinate me, but knowing these things allows me capture them in a light and in a manner that is uncommon. 

It was the very same for Nina's shoot. I got to learn more about her and her life and used that to create the portraits and other images that you've seen in the past three blogs.

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

So. This is Nina Hartley as I see her. 

xo,

J. 

 

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From The Window

a mix of color & monochrome. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

There is nothing that delights me more than being able to work with natural light. It's my favorite as it highlights the beauty in each person better than any studio light can.

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

When Nina told me that she had these beautiful 8ft windows that faced the northern light, I'm pretty sure that inner me, fainted. It meant that I could capture Nina, how I saw her. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

That's the thing with taking photographs of people, you get portray them how you see them, no matter how many times they've been seen by the public eye. This has always been incredibly important to me. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

And I have found, particularly within recent years, that I'm drawn to women of beauty, grace, intelligence and who have incredible amounts of sass and quick whit. Nina falls into all of these categories, perfectly

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I wanted to capture Nina as a whole, not just various pieces of her life. She's a beautiful woman for sure - not just on the outside - inside too. She's intelligent, an educator, a great speaker, and a beauty queen - with a great artistic sense, which allowed me to get some of the more artsier shots of her. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I hope you all enjoy these, as much as I do.

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

xo,

J. 

 

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Different Perspectives

The Black & White Set.

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

When I first started working with cameras, in the pursuit of my own interest with memories, I began with film. Darkroom film. At the time, I had been sent to a summer school, and this was my only artistic outlet. I remember begging my teachers to let me stay just "a little bit longer" because watching the film develop was my favorite thing - I'd cut meals - and sometimes, I'd cut study time, simply because I wanted to capture the memory of something. 

Reflection | M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Reflection | M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I was thirteen when I participated in a massive demolition and reconstruction project at the school that I was attending. We tore out walls just to put up thicker ones - we (the student body) had created plans for our very first darkroom. I spent years in and out of that darkroom developing photos from my time deep within the blue ridge mountains. I spent time hiking on the Appalachian Trail, canoeing on some of the East Coasts longest rivers, and biking through incredible places - all apart of the school experience. It was moments like those that I wanted to capture: the happiness of the strangers we met, the beauty of the world around me, and of course, the memories. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I fell in love with the idea of capturing people's stories, long before I actually became a portrait photographer. During my last year at that school, I went on an 18 day field trip that took us up and down the East Coast and to major food banks, homeless shelters and soup kitchens - where we volunteered our time and services. I learned very quickly that there isn't a soul alive who doesn't have some kind of story to tell. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I would, however, remain a hobbyist/nature photographer until my senior year of high school. I don't know if it was because I liked to keep my darkroom work hidden as that was just for me, or if I was scared of living a dream I knew I wanted. Regardless of whatever fear that was holding me back, I launched my photography business a few months shy of my high school graduation and now here we are. 

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I've spent a lot of time learning what I wanted to capture in a photo and how to do so. I've attended some great workshops, both online and in person, taught by great photographers like Jaime IbarraAlex Manfredini, LUCIMA, and Lara Jade; I study current fashion magazines, and most importantly, I work on connections. To create an image that is eye-catching, storytelling and that perfectly captures the essence of a person/their energy - one must get to know who they're working with. Despite my introverted personality and general shyness - when I'm working, I do by best to find a way to bring light, laughter and comfortability into a room, quickly. 

Vintage Boots. | M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Vintage Boots. | M / Nina Hartley | Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Though a lot of my strength as a photographer lies within colored photographs, I have always loved the drama, the mood and the different perspectives that black and white brings into a picture. For that very reason, I thought it would be fun to showcase Nina in a light that many of you may not have necessarily seen her in. 

xo,

J. 

 

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Meeting Nina.

I often get asked how I "land" certain shoots - why I travel so much - do I really love working as photographer, etc. - so as part of my first blog for my website, I'd thought I'd share this story. 

Last June, I was out in Los Angeles for a three-day LUCIMA workshop. After putting in two full 14-hour days, my worst nightmare happened. I was pick-pocketed while on Hollywood Blvd, which consequently caused me to lose 5 full shoots - an afternoon & evening's worth of work - and $280 worth of compact flash (memory) cards. I'm lucky I didn't lose more gear. I promised the models that I would be back to LA before the end of the summer to replace what I could. 

In August, I flew back to do just that. (Coincidently, I found out, the very same day that Nina had flown to my coast - and literally one town over from where I grew up to attend the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit). 

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

At the very end of my trip back to LA, I took some time to just observe the city. I've always loved the energy there - and having lived right outside of Hollywood for six months in 2012 - it felt good to be back. I stood on a patio in Burbank, breathing in the summer air and listening to the hum of the distant traffic. I quietly asked the universe for a connection to Nina and I promised myself that sometime within the next 365 days, I'd work with her. 

I flew home and got ready to start my sixth year at Penn State. (Working toward two degrees and a minor is no joke!) A week later I was at a friend's house watching movies and just happened to check Twitter at the right time. I saw that Nina had just posted about her VerifiedCall account and I decided to take a risk. I asked my friend for a piece of paper and began drafting different ways of approaching the subject of a shoot without sounding like a crazed fan. (Not a cute look for anyone.)

I got home around 2am, my time, and made the call.  

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Twenty minutes later, my phone rang. 

In the following fifteen minutes, I told her that I was a photographer, that I launched my own business at 17, that I had worked with Tila Tequila, and that I was interested in doing an art shoot with her.

Never in my life did I think this was actually going to work. Except it did. 

Two months later, a friend and I were on our way to Gettysburg, for a speaker series event being held at the college there. The speaker was Nina. We met (briefly) after the talk and later that evening, began locking in the details for the shoot that you see now. 

Coordinating travel with my holiday schedule was hard - but we finally settled on March - her birthday month - and even more special, her birthday. 

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I flew out to LA the night before (nervous as fuck), but happy that I got to continue doing what I love, in another adventure. After an 11 hour travel day, I arrived at my beautiful hotel to fantastic live jazz music and a delicious dinner. 

The next afternoon I went to Nina. It was raining in LA - the first rain that I've seen there in person since 2012 - which made Nina dance around her studio with pure happiness. As I found out, she loves the rain as much as I do. 

Appreciating the birthday rain. || M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

Appreciating the birthday rain. || M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

The shoot was beautiful. We spent time getting to know one another and we shot three different looks, part of Set 1 is what you see here - and there are other's still to come.

This is easily in my Top Five favorite shoots of my career and it definitely won't be the last shoot that I do with her. As Nina tweeted out to her fans, this is the start of a beautiful relationship. Nina will always be Nina and I will always be an artist - forever creating - and working towards capturing a person's essence in every photo. 

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I can't say that I just "landed" the shoot. Yes, I put it out in the universe that I wanted a connection and that working with her was indeed a final goal - but the shoot did not just fall out of the sky and land in my lap. There was still work involved. Selling yourself and your talent to people - as an artist - is particularly hard, in general. Doing it over the phone is much harder

I have been shooting for close to thirteen years, but only seven - professionally. I'm ballsy to a degree, but not in a let's-call-a-famous-person-and-ask-for-a-shoot kind of ballsy. That was definitely new. But if there's anything I've learned in the past thirteen years taking pictures, and in the past twenty as a singer - you have to take risks in order get what you want.

The sass. 🙊 M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

The sass. 🙊 M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

M / Nina Hartley || Copyright © Josefina Photography 2016

I do, very much love what I do. Art has been apart of my life since early childhood. I take pictures, I sing, I make jewelry, I've designed tattoos, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't do something artsy. The traveling - that's just a bonus. 

I'm certainly grateful for everyone that I've worked with over the past seven years, the amount of hours people have spent with me working on website design, social media promotion, and everything leading up to this week; from my very first model, Miss Mischief, to Nina's willingness to set up this shoot. It's been a wonderful ride - and I can't wait to see where the next 20+ years takes me.

Hard work, dedication and passion - those are the ingredients to a successful shoot, successful life and plenty of adventure. 

Work hard. Play hard.

xo, J.

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