Day of the Dead

 Makeup artist and model, Jocelyn Santos

Makeup artist and model, Jocelyn Santos

Day of the Day "Dia de los Muertos" starts tomorrow and what better day to get the festivities started than Halloween?

 Fire-spinner & aerialist, Zel Tyrant

Fire-spinner & aerialist, Zel Tyrant

First of all, huge thanks to Andrew Miller from The North American Circus Competition for generously sponsoring the shoot and supplying most of my gear for the day including a Phase One camera and full lighting kit (and tasty soy sauce marinated eggs). If you're a creative, you'll definitely want to check out the Circus Competition with several categories for makeup artists, photographers and many others with some mouth watering prizes on offer. At the very least its a very well curated collection of world class artwork created out of collaboration and community that's definitely worth a peek.

And on the topic of community, I put a call out very last minute to do the shoot expecting most people to be unavailable. The lesson for me is never to underestimate the power of people coming together with a unified goal to create and much to my surprise, a lot of people made themselves available to come and lend a hand to pull it together and I'm very grateful to everyone involved. After all...who doesn't want to hang out at the beach and play with fire?!

Special thanks also to Maida of Anna Fora for the amazing body chain above. We also recently did a shoot that we're excited to release soon - some of the behind the scenes here (as well as Brian's bts video here). Thank you also to Crystal Lee for coming out to help and join in the fun. Big thank you as well to MAKE UP FOR EVER for sponsoring the makeup used on this shoot.

 Andrew J. Davy

Andrew J. Davy

 Andrea with Shawn Goldberg

Andrea with Shawn Goldberg

 Amazing assistant and photographer, Billy Lee

Amazing assistant and photographer, Billy Lee

 Brian  de Rivera Simon with fire spinner and photographer, Andrew Miller

Brian de Rivera Simon with fire spinner and photographer, Andrew Miller

 Photo by Brian de Rivera Simon

Photo by Brian de Rivera Simon

 Photo by Andrew J. Davy

Photo by Andrew J. Davy