The inspiration for this dreamy photoshoot was Weetzie Bat.  For those who aren’t familiar with Weetzie, it’s a novel by Francesca Lia Block following the adventures of the Weetzie and her best friend Dirk… After being granted three wishes by a genie, Weetzie discovers that there are unexpected ramifications.  Similar to the photoshoot, the story is set in an almost dream-like, heightened version of Los Angeles, in an indefinite time period evoking both the 1980s punk craze and the sophisticated glamor of 1950s Hollywood.

The novel describes issues such as blended families, premarital sex, homosexuality, gay marriage, children out of wedlock, abortion, common-law marriage, and the AIDS epidemic… all in a language that makes it accessible to the pre-teen and early teen reader. Alan Cart states “Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat is not only a classic of gay fiction but also one of the most memorable of all young adult novels.” Weetzie Bat provides a vital resource for lesbian, gay, transgender, and HIV-positive teens growing up in what is still largely a homophobic society – something we feel is strongly needed and necessary.  If you get ever get the chance, it’s a must read.

Needless to say, it was a very fun and otherworldly photoshoot… beautiful without being traditional. //

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July 28, 2016