So 2012 was equally a terrible fucking year and an awesome year. Sometimes at the same time. Had a long time now to think about everything that happened and finally started looking back at what I did in 2012. Here are the best images and highlights of one of the weirdest years in my life and continuing now with August through December 2012!!!
Some of those Instagrams that apparently break Instagram's rules. Oops.
Also, spent a night at the strip club with Irene and Gwen. You have no idea how much fun that was. Wow. I was stunned speechless for the first 30 minutes, it was so crazy!
So Beverly Zoey introduced me to this cool hair stylist Ever Flores and we did some bomb fashion style photos. Also, Beverly got slinky!
My friend and fellow photographer Jim Hesterman AKA Furious Ideas also has a band called the Jerk Officers. One night Ally and I went to see them. Drunken hilarity ensued. Ally videotaped me talking to our cab driver. He was quite amused. "It's not like Neil Armstrong is gonna care." LOL
Also did a sexy shoot with Ally posing in front of a ton of my Polaroids and Fuji's!!
One night Tarah came over to edit pics with me and we ended up taking slinky Instagram pics. Life is beautiful sometimes. We also got to edit a bunch of the pics from our "Chick Habit" video shoots earlier in the year...
Crazy Ferret Studios helping out again by making the lightsabers glow in my nerdy shoot with Angelica and Lindsay from the cosplay group XX.
Obviously by this point Kittin and I went from being best friends to dating. Just gonna say I wish we had just stayed best friends.
Spent an awesome afternoon and evening hanging out with the lovely Gwen Cassidy. We met up with my buddy John Emslie who shoots for Hustler and Met-Art. Then we took pics and silly Instagrams.
And Beverly Zoey is adorable as always. Gah.
And it all started to go downhill LOL:
One of the sexiest shoots I ever did with Angelica from the cosplay group XX. Need to edit more of these some day...
Downloaded this cool app for the iPhone called 8mm Vintage Camera which makes videos look all retro and grainy. This tiny little vid with Kittin which was posted to my Tumblr shows why I totally adored that little stinker.
Not gonna lie, I think the quality of my work was really deteriorating by this point LOL however I talked to Plush and she doesn't mind if I sell the images we shot from this series with Kittin. So that might be happening soooooooon. But the black and white pic of Kittin is still my favorite I shot of her. We split up in early November and I was pretty devastated. Everything went shitty.
Shot these hot black and white pics of Ranie Mae and her friend. Most were too HOT for Deviant Art and went to Tumblr...
Fortunately I was able to meet Alex in late October. She has become one of my closest friends and she is just adorable and awesome. She found me on Facebook through a mutual friend and thank goodness.
Brian Pulido from Chaos! Comics (creator of Lady Death and Evil Ernie) introduced me to LA-based artist Luka Fisher who ended up painting on some of my photos of Bonnie Apricot. This particular image is going to be the album cover for the next release from the band Feral Kizzy.
Everything went to HELL!!!! My last shoot with Kittin and Irene and Ally came over. I shot an Instagram of their booties which to my eternal dismay has been posted ALL OVER THE FUCKING INTERNET!!! GAH. It annoyed me that Kittin was in it and that people kept removing my watermark. Oh well, fuck it though. The past is the past and I live for right now and the future.
Did however do a solo shoot with Irene Savona that shows off her entire tattoo. Sadly due to the circumstances and everything that happened after I never edited any of them except this one...
During my total breakdown after splitting with Kittin, Plush Suicide came over and I mostly just cried and let her sort through our most recent photo shoots and come up with sets for Zivity. Some I managed to edit and she took the pics and edited the rest herself. She left a little note behind when she left that said, "Kyeri <3's Tate" which was so sweet. Thank you!!!
So while I had no place to live and bounced from couch to couch, my computer completely fucking crashed. I pretty much assumed, "Well it's over, life just fucked me completely now." However a fan rebuilt my computer and saved all my data. Then a friend purchased me my first ever legit copies of Photoshop and Lightroom. I still was a fucking wreck and didn't feel like shooting but I did start editing some old pics including this one of Kayla Stone from over the summer. Since I lost all my plug-in's and actions I basicaly had to start from scratch. In some ways it was a good thing....
So playing in Photoshop and experimenting I decided I wanted to edit some pics for someone I really loved and cared about deeply so Ariel Shay was the obvious choice. I looked through all the pics from our trip to England and settled on this one. Also, was deeply obsessed with Julian Cope and the Teardrop Explodes at this time. And drinking myself into a stupor every single night.
So Ally finally convinced me to shoot pics again after four weeks of just moping and drinking. We met with her friend Kimber and I shot the two of them. I hadn't been eating well and I think the excitement got to me as we only shot for about 45 minutes before I got dizzy and sick and had to lay down. But I promised them that I really had fun and was grateful to them for helping me and caring about me. In fact, I can never repay Ally for everything she has done for me since November. She has probably done more to help me than any one person ever has and I am eternally grateful <3
And then Lil Jesika, whom a few months earlier I had helped out with a test shoot, messaged me asking if I wanted to shoot with her for fun. I said, Of course! and we shot a bunch of slinky pics in public. She's a little sweetie.
Started shooting in a new space which would ultimately become the Imagination In Focus Photo Studio and Art Gallery. Two of my oldest friends in this industry came to shoot in there before anyone else. Thank you Brittany and Angela!!! <3
Had an incredible, psychedelic, spiritual two day adventure with the enchanting Alexandria K and the second day involved an awesomely fun photo shoot. Things started to turn around at this point. She's incredible and one of my most favorite people right now!
Lindsay from the cosplay group XX came to shoot in the new space as well and "For Science, You Monster" is one of my most favorite photos of 2012.
We also did her first ever implied shoot which was a tribute to Christine Keeler in the 1960's.
One of my pics of Ranie Mae in a Ladies of Metal Calendar for 2013! Woot!
And shot an incredibly HOT series of pics of Ally being slinky in my bedroom. Goodness gracious!
Zivity sets with Plush that went up before the year ended and a couple more of magical beautiful Alex just because. All is right with the universe again...
And now all my pics are back out of storage!!! Yee haw!!! And now that I have done that I can start posting all the pics I have edited recently that I have not been posting on the site to make pulling the pics out of storage easier. Rock n roll! See you in the future, it's gonna be brilliant!