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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