Oklahoma City, OK, and Worldwide
I’ve followed Kina on Twitter and Instagram for over a year now, always thinking, “Man, I’d love to photograph her.” She has a look that draws you in – stunning, striking, unique. I photograph weddings, primarily, and often crave to do a shoot for me – no expectations, no attachments – just to stay inspired. I knew Kina had to be my model. Whenever I finally asked her to model for me, she was so excited. I planned out a simple, slightly stylized shoot just to showcase her beauty and personality. I knew I wanted lots of natural light, a few unexpected elements (hello, smoke bombs!), and a lot of simplistic photos and poses. One may notice that there aren’t any photos of Kina standing. This is because Kina was paralyzed from the waist down from a car accident years ago and is confined to a wheelchair. But that doesn’t keep her down. She was laughing the whole day and is one of the sweetest and most gracious people I’ve ever met. I wanted to showcase her personality through the photos, too. Light, sweet, a little unexpected, and thoughtful. Kina was an absolute dream to work with and I cannot wait to do it again in the future.