Photographer: Stefani Angeles
Photographer: Stefani Angeles
First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a born and raised Southern Californian, currently living in LA with my husband Jason and my dog Leon. I’ve been a model for about 8 years and I started my fashion blog ‘On the Way Out’ 2 years ago this January.
We know that you are successful model and blogger, what inspired you to make blogging and modeling your career?
While I was studying fashion in college I started being asked to model for various projects. I realized I really liked it so once I graduated I signed with a modeling agency. As for blogging, about 4 years ago I had a blog called ‘A Gemini Rising’ where I blogged about anything that was striking my interest but I decided with the help of my husband, that it would be fun to start a style blog because I love putting looks together. So I started ‘On the Way Out.’
Being Married to Jason Lee Parry, a fashion photographer, How is it collaborating on projects together? and what can we expect from you guys in terms of future projects (together)?
It’s great because I always love how our projects come out. We are obviously very comfortable with each other, and he knows my good angles. ha. As for future projects we have an idea to start a feature on my blog that documents our date nights, which are always pretty interesting.
Your style is impeccable. How would you describe your style and How has it changed throughout your modeling career?
It is always evolving...it’s definitely a mix of all sorts of stuff. A little vintage, a little skater, a little grunge. Lately I’ve been drawn to more a mod look, a little more pulled together. One big way that’s it’s changed is that practically all of my closet used to be black and now I hardly ever wear black anymore.
What has been your favorite project so far and why?
Probably Jason and my Free People Love Story. It was a blast going on a 2 week road trip and documenting our relationship. I got to see some awesome parts of California and Oregon that I’d never seen before, while wearing some gorgeous threads from Free People. Pretty great time.
Being a brand ambassador for many brands, What are your favorite emerging brands lately?
Really into Lovers and Drifters Club, they have some amazing shag coats, the dope hats from Lack of Color out of Australia, and of course Supperclub Eyewear!
We see that you are quite the traveler, What has been your favorite city you’ve visited and why?
I love Paris. I’ve been 3 times now...twice when I was 20 studying abroad in the South of France (one of those times was a weekend by myself) and once with Jason 4 years ago. I really want to visit again, I just feel as I get older I appreciate it so much more. It’s very magical and it’s been magical every time I’ve been...all alone, with a bunch of drunk twenty year olds, or with my husband.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would like my blog to grow into something bigger, whatever that may be. Possibly designing my own collaboration with a brand. Possibly acting a bit more. Definitely playing in a band. And hopefully have started a little family.
Name 3 things in your purse right now.
My phone, Burt’s Bees (my addiction), and my Supperclub shades.
Sum up your life in 5 words.
Family, friends, music, travel, wine.
Knives up! Δ
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First off, tell us a little about yourself.
Sup yall. My name is Lane Dorsey, I’m a 21 year old photographer from beautiful Toronto, Canada. I like to take photographs of people and cool stuff, and I’m beyond blessed to have my passion my career! I also love to skateboard, play music, climb stuff, and play Team Snipers in Halo 4…
When did you first become interested in photography and what interested you in photography?
I’ve been around cameras more or less since I was in grade 7. I just really enjoyed the aspect of taking pretty pictures… Just like every hobbyist who figures out how to get the ‘blurry out of focus background’ on images. But seriously, taking cool ‘artsy’ photos in my backyard in grade 10 is where I started. It was fun. And I totally don’t regret it. I also don’t regret telling the internet that’s where I started either…
Being located in Toronto, Canada, how has that affected your photography? and what do you think the Toronto fashion photography market differ from other cities like New York or Los Angeles?
Being from Toronto is super beneficial I find. We have a really diverse city in the sense of the people within it, and even the locations/areas around the city. You can travel 30 mins west and be in the suburbs, 30 mins north and you’re in a more rural setting. So you can shoot anything and everything within the city area! Cool locations and people are always within arm’s reach.
Now, going to LA was a totally eye opening experience. Travelling across the globe to shoot, party, and travel was nothing but amazing. I worked with some really talented people that thrive off of the DIY rule of thumb. They’ve built their own empires and followings from nothing—and they have vast room and potential for growth. I love how everyone in LA is hungry for success. You can really pick out the hard workers who will grind and hustle to get where they want to be. It’s cliché, but, I <3 LA . I’ll be back soon enough.
When did you start photographing people? can you remember your first shoot? what was it about photographing people that made you create a career out of it?
I started in the last year of high school, so 2010. My first shoot was for a friend of mine who needed some headshots for acting. I used some rinky dink lamps and whatnot for lighting – and looking back on it – I wouldn’t have changed anything! I take pride from where I’ve started from.
People are fascinating. People are always interesting, physically and mentally. You never really meet the same person twice. Being able to capture and collaborate with different people is honestly so humbling of an experience. My favourite part of the process is helping people out to get where they want to go with my images. I love being a part of a bigger picture (no pun intended…But totally)
How would you describe your body of work?
In one sentence, my style is very punchy and fresh. I’ve shot everything and anything, so there is no shortage of stuff to look at! If you’re looking for some good ole pretty pictures? I got some. If you’re looking for conceptual fine art portraits? I got some. If you’re looking for some rad images of dudes with tattoos and beards drinking beers in a leather jacket sitting in a vintage car? Yup. I got that too!
What styles of photography do you prefer shooting? portraits? fashion? musicians? nudes?
I love working with actors, and musicians. I find that we get along really well on set and in a shooting scenario. Getting along well is a vital role for getting some killer images.
What inspires you?
My main inspiration is the fact that as an artist and a professional, you’re never done. You’re always learning, always working, and always creating better art. Every time I turn my camera on for a shoot, I know that I’ll come away with something new.
If you had to get rid of all of your equipment and only could keep one thing (besides your camera) what would that be?
In Photoshop we trust. Can’t live without it!
How would you say you evoke emotion from your models? what do you tell models to make them get more comfortable in front of the camera?
Usually what does it is actually showing them the image. I show them what they look like, and instantly they go “Oh wow that’s the shot? Oh man okay!” and they know what to do. Either that, or I tell some really bad fart jokes or something.. That usually does the trick.
Can you describe your favorite shoot in you career so far?
Oh boy.. That’s a tough one. I feel like that’s the equivalent of asking a parent of 4 kids “hey which one’s the best?”
I love all my shoots I do. But the one that sticks out in my mind right now is a shoot I had in LA with BMX legend Rick Thorne. We ate dirty burgers at In-N-Out, rode around LA a bit, shot some killer images, and he gave me a killer back road tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a photography career?
Shoot shoot shoot. And when you’re done.. Shoot some more. Mistakes are essential. You have to be horribly bad to get amazingly great! The stuff I look back on and cringe is just fuel under the fire to give me motivation to progress! Embrace the suck. It’s tacky to say, but just have fun and the rest will come.
Knives up! Δ
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First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Miami Florida. I've always wanted to be special. Since a small boy I've always been interested in innovation. I've been an artist all my life. I've painted, I've drawn, I've sculpted, I've done music and I've written. I always knew I had something special inside me, beneath my skin. There has always been a light and a darkness. I've seen many things and i have felt many things as well. Perhaps this is the reason why i am able to write beautifully. I have been submerged in darkness, and doing so has helped me appreciate the light. The light in people, the light in things, and places. There's a story in me, something the world needs. Perhaps one day I’ll be able to share it all completely.
What age did you start writing and what interested you in writing?
I began writing in 1995. I began writing feelings (journals) and music (lyrics). I don’t consider myself a “poet” I consider myself a writer or an artist of all sorts. I don’t like when people call me a poet. It makes me sick. Everything about the word poet makes me sick, to be honest my writings are just a reflection of everything I have ever felt, and everything other people have ever felt. We are all one in the same.
Being from Miami, how do you think that affects your writing/writing style?
My environment does reflect the way I think. And the people that fill Miami affect me aswell. There are so many types of people, and those people are reflected by their environment. Thus they affect me.They change me and my moods; So many feelings moving so quickly. Everything else is connected in a way that doesn't make sense but makes perfect sense. I guess it’s hard to explain. So i guess in a way, well, in a lot of ways it does affect me greatly.
Your writings are very deep and "heady", how are you on a daily basis?
I try to stay away from people. Sometime i’m too conscious of everything. I’ll meet a person and think “hey I really like this person.” and then that same person will say something i don't like then i’ll think “hey I really don’t like this person.” This happens too often. People are too fast to judge. I guess i too am guilty of this. People bore me sometimes and places and things. Sometimes it’s all the same. I feel like a robot at times. We all do the same things too often. Life becomes too repetitive, my writing becomes too repetitive. When this happens I need to get away. This too happens too often. Which is why i like to be alone. I don't like adding new people to my circle. People are not kind. This is my point of view, but then every once in a while you meet a beautiful person, and then it’s like “I like you, you're like me you're not like the rest of them.” This is me on a daily basis. I don’t like new things I like old things, things i feel comfortable with. I still listen to 90s music. I can't break out of it. I can't make new friends at least ones i can learn to trust. I guess this is my flaw. I am too blind sometimes. But hey that's me.
Your writings are often, introspective thoughts about love; what inspires you to write about love in that way?
We have all been hurt, and love of all things is the only thing that makes us who we are and in the end destroys us. We have wars and violence. Its all for love. Each side loves what they are willing to die for. We all just have different views of love. I love that. Passion, that's what i want to capture. I don't always write about the love between a man and a woman. Sometimes i try to capture the love between a man/woman and the world. or a man/woman and their air or their inspiration. Love is everything. Its all we know. Some of us want to die in love and others die searching it. If it exists it only exists in our minds. I said once “but dear do not fear love its only magic.” think about that one for a second. Magic is not real, but we choose to make it real if we choose to believe in it. So in a way love has always inspired me to write. Love is all we have and in the end I want to become all the things i leave behind.
Why do you think your writings have been so popular online?
I think because its raw and truthful. Alot of people tell me “you write like you're talking to me” well I am YOU. I am everyone. We are so blind to the fact that we are all connected in a way we can't even begin to understand. We all go through the same tragedies and we all feel the same feelings just at different times. We are all the same in a way and that's how its been since the beginning of time. Its become so popular for that reason. I am writing to you, to everyone. Everyone, in a lot ways, relate to something I've written. I want to form connections, and maybe i am naive enough to believe that i can change the world even if its for a little while.
Your new book "beautiful chaos" is coming soon, what can people expect to find in it?
It will be available every where. Amazon, Banes and noble, etc I will offer a few on my store as well.
Often, writers and artists find their biggest creative sparks when being alone, some would say, even sad, do you find that to be true?
Yes, to a certain extend. For me, I've always felt alone. I cant explain it. Its hard for me to form personal connections with people. I always feel alone, even when i'm not physically alone i feel alone. No one understands it but i know we all feel this way sometimes. Everything is such an illusion. The idea of waiting for a moment to happen or something to happen, something exciting, something worth living for. A Lot of us don't know how to live. Just saying these things spark my creative interest. In a way, yes, i am sad. Almost daily. I am sad because i know i am not living, at least not to my potential. What makes me more sad is the entire world must be feeling this way. Its just some of us are too blind to the fact that we are all just waiting for a moment or something special to happen. The space in between this is what we go through on a daily basis. We wake, we work, then we sleep. To do the same thing over and over. Then we look forward for the weekend. How sad is this? This is how we live? This is not living. I am not living. We are not living. So for me this is what inspires me to write. I am writing to break this condition of living as well.
What do you think people identify with most in your writings?
I think its just real. Its not complicated. I don't need to write like a scientist and use metaphors and etc. I want to write so a child could understand me. I want everyone to understand me. This is where my strength comes in. I can write something compelling with just one sentence. While other artist feel the need to write pages. I cut all the nonsense out and just get straight to the point. The world always feeds us enough nonsense. Why add to it? This is why people identify and connect with my writings. Because they can understand it, break it down and feel it. Its simple. Feelings should be simple. We should leave everything else to the scientist. This isn't the cure for cancer but its a step in helping people identify how they feel. Once they identify their feelings and understand them then perhaps people will begin to get perspective in their lives.
What advice would you give future writers looking to make a name for themselves through an online platform?
I get many writers and poets asking me for advice. To me its simple. Just be true. I've been writing for a long long time. I've written many stories that have never seen the light of publishing. That's the key, just write. Write because you love it. Write because its in your blood. Write like you're willing to die for it. If someone insults your writing, feel hurt about it. Yes that's good because it makes you know that you're passionate about it. As for me i have been so many times over it that it doesn't even bother me. What i am trying to say is just write and don't let anyone stop you. You are your worst enemy and your worst critic and only you can break yourself. That it all I would offer a fellow writer.
Knives up! Δ
FIRST OFF, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:
This is probably one of the trickiest things to do, but I’ll give it a whirl. At times I feel like a walking, talking, evolving experiment, for no one other than myself. I work in the realm of fine art, film, and fashion with a personal interest and affinity for food preparation and cultivation. Having said that, I’m kind of a cultural nomad. I like to live life simply for the experience of it, the story, and the souvenirs.
WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE A STYLIST, COLLABORATOR, BRAND CONSULTANT, JET SETTER AND OVER ALL BAD ASS, SO WHAT DOES A TYPICAL MONTH LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
I don’t really think I’ve had two months feel the same since getting out of high school, which may have been both a conscious and subconscious play on my part. Usually, I’ll have a number of things moving down the pipeline at the same time and the work varies from building out multimedia brand campaigns, music videos, working with an artist to develop their brand’s aesthetic, experimental short films, features, commercials, fashion shows, and every damn thing I can get my claws on in between. My friends and I are constantly pushing each other to do more. I love the spirit of collaboration and the magick that comes from it, so even when we’re not working we’ll take a quick road trip out somewhere, poke around, and make something of it.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PROJECT SO FAR?
Everything I’ve ever done I’ve been obsessed with until it’s finished.. then I can’t really stand to look at it or think about it again. I exhaust myself during the process so it’s hard to feel much of anything towards a project after it’s done and delivered. Experientially speaking, I loved getting lost in the woods on a recent trip with my team of badass babes TK, Minji, Jahmai, and Mel for an upcoming editorial story. We all can get pretty rugged and love getting our hands dirty so it’s always fun seeing the tomboy in each of us creep out while we’re making incredibly sensual, undoubtedly feminine work. I love the crazy shit that happens behind-the-scenes and how the finished product is directly influenced by that spontaneous energy.
WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT:
I recently did the RVCA Women’s SS’15 campaign and Miami Swim Week presentation featuring my cosmic lil’ sister, Mahina Alexander and one of the sweetest, most hard working forces to be reckoned with, Amanda Pizziconi. The campaign was photographed by my ace, TK Anderson. It was such an incredible experience because each one of the women I collaborated with on that project, from designer to creative director, left me craving more from myself and my work. They were all pure magick.
WE NOTICE YOU HAVE MAJOR WANDERLUST, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CITY AND WHY?
I’ve been staying away from cities unless it’s for work, lately I’ve found myself receding towards the countryside again. A road trip to a cabin hidden between the mountains and backroads of West Virginia stands out as a recent favorite. It seemed like a quiet, sleepy place until I tuned into a higher frequency. The land was moist and rich while the bees were floating around happily, which was exactly what I needed after bouncing between in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York all year.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO BE A STYLIST?
You’ve got to love it. Not the money, accolades, or the idea of working with your favorite celebrity.. all that shit fades. You’ve got to really love it.. the good stuff and the bad. The times you get to be creative and the times you don’t. The emails, the spreadsheets, the fabrication, the creation, last minute tailoring, knowing how to do it even when you have no idea what you’re doing, OCD, working with huge personalities in tiny spaces, the long hours, RV’s cramped with impatient divas, no sleep, sunscreen.. lots of sunscreen.. and steamer burns. It all comes with the job, and I think it’s a fair trade for getting to do what you love with the people that continuously inspire you.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST OBSTACLE IN YOUR CAREER? AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME IT?
To find balance between my life and work. I’ve always allowed myself to be consumed by whatever is creatively feeding me at the moment. Which is great, for the moment, but I’ve realized my personal relationships sometimes suffer afterwards. Over the past year or so I’ve come to the understanding that everything I invest myself into, be it a project or a person, is a flower that I need to water and nurture. So yeah, I think finding balance is a challenge. That and finding something healthy to eat at craft services. I think I’m still working on overcoming both of those challenges, haha!
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM?
Strangers, flowers, landscapes, old movies, new stories, travel, le Cairo, the moon, my grandmother’s old photos, citrine, trees, street signs, when I see a good hat, architecture, cigarette smoke, gardens, sex, other people’s kids, and books that smell like an old-timer because that’s usually where the good stuff is.
DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE:
This question is always really tough to answer because I’d rather be naked most of the time. But when I do have to actually wear clothes, I’m always comfortable. I feel like I’ve lived several lives so my style doesn’t really stick to a story, trend, era, or theme. I don’t have anything to prove in terms of my ability to coordinate a look or how my body looks in a bodycon dress. I’m a jeans, tshirt, and Stetson kind of gal, so my default is always something feminine that I can still run around and climb trees in. I’d say the one constant in my everyday wardrobe would be the use of precious stones, gems, and hard metals. I remember going through a phase when I was younger where I would always wear high heels or something with a little height, as I grew into myself and my surroundings, I realized it’s not about peacocking as much as it is about running through life hands in the air with the wind slapping you across the face. So I dress for that..
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE EMERGING BRANDS?
I love playing and working with KILLSPENCER, Y.R.U, Tavik, RVCA Women’s, Vanessa Mooney, Capulet, and GrantKnits. Each is supported by incredibly innovative designers and artisans that really listen to and learn from their customer, which I think is crucial to the growth of a brand.
WHAT ARE 3 THINGS IN YOUR PURSE RIGHT NOW?
Rarely carry a purse, but if you decide to pickpocket me you’ll find my phone, an old cigarette case from the 50’s that I use as a wallet, and a chapstick or minted rose lip balm. I would say my keys but I usually can’t find those..
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS FROM NOW? WHAT GOALS WOULD YOU LIKE TO ACHIEVE IN THAT TIME?
Eating fruit, barefoot. I could be anywhere doing that and I think I’d be happy. As for career goals, I would love to keep developing campaigns, traveling, and telling stories. As time goes on, I find myself wanting to simplify things and live lighter.
WHAT HAS BEEN MAJOR KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
My mum giving me a proverbial kick in the ass every time I’ve wanted to stop and join the real world.. “You’ve come this far. Everything you’ve wanted to do, you’ve done.. So what’s the problem?” She never lets me get away with being too hard on myself for too long. Always a nice reminder to stop, reflect, and enjoy the journey. Thanks mum
Knives up! Δ