Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Lady Lauren Interview


Models: The Lady Lauren and Masuimi Max
Photographer: Morat Photographer
Makeup: Masuimi Max


Sinical Magazine: What was the first pinup, fetish, or alternative magazine you came across?

The Lady Lauren: I think it was Bizarre Magazine when I was in London. I remembered thinking, "now this is my type of magazine! And I love these models!" After that shortly, I scored a shoot with Masuimi Max!

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?

The Lady Lauren: Shortly after I came back from London, I started booking as many shoots as I could in the fetish scene. I scored a shoot with Masuimi in LA and things really took off after that. I became a suicide girl and after a year, left the community to be a Gods Girl and was much happier with that. I really dabbled with all kinds of modeling but the alternative and fetish scene is really where I found my ground.


Model: The Lady Lauren
Makeup: The lady Lauren
Wardrobe: Dawnamatrix Latex
Photographer: Red Rum Collaboration

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

The Lady Lauren: 36-24-36.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?

The Lady Lauren: It's all about, what can bring to the table? With the Internet blowing up, it's so hard to find original ideas. I think the most important thing is to stay true to what you like and so best and don't sell out for the promise of fame. If you do something you regret, that's stays with you forever.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?

The Lady Lauren: Probably getting to partake in fetish Con in 2010. I was pretty new to the fetish scene and to fetish modeling and there were all these intense thins going on around me that I didn't quite understand yet. I played it off like it wasn't a bi deal but inside I was going, "this is crazy!!!!" Now I am more seasoned and I love every bit of it. If I happen to walk into a scene where a person is ball gagged or bound I don't even flinch!



Models: The Lady Lauren and Raquel Reed
Makeup: Raquel Reed
Hair: Sheer Terror Hair Design
Photographer: Carlos Peralta

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?

The Lady Lauren: I've been lucky to work with amazing photographers, my favorite being Morat (Masuimi's husband) , Ellen Stagg, Red Rum Collaboration, but I would love the chance to work with Steve Diet Goedde and Viva Van Story!!! I'm very happy to announce I will be shooing with Gothic photographer Laura Dark in July!

Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?

The Lady Lauren: In my opinion, I think Masuimi, Mosh, Ophelia Overdose, Bianca Beauchamp, and my personal favorite, Rubberdoll.


Model: The Lady Lauren

Photographer: Ellen Stagg
for Staggstreet
Hair and Makeup by The Lady Lauren


Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?

The Lady Lauren: Honestly, I feel privileged because I have worked with two I consider in this list being Morat and Red Rum and wanting to work with Viva an Steve Goedde rounding out my next two! I'd have to say number 5 being Alex Manfredini.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?

The Lady Lauren: Probably saying, "I love latex" is over being redundant when it comes to asking a fetish model what she likes to wear most but of course I do! I adore corsets and stocking too, likewise.


Model: The Lady Lauren
Photographer: DaussFoto
Hair and makeup: The Lady Lauren

Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

The Lady Lauren: Wearing Dawnamatrix latex in my shoot with Red Rum was a dream come true. I loved it. I'm so excited to wear my custom latex Peacock collar that was made by the Baroness in NY at my shoot with Laura Dark too!!!

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

The Lady Lauren: I'm a metal girl all the way! I love me some Megadeth! But I also like trip hop and industrial too!

Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?

The Lady Lauren: Well, it's kinda underground. It definitely exists but not so openly. Whenever I want to attend a huge fetish event or party I always have to travel but I'm hoping too make a big pact here as well.

Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?

The Lady Lauren: My website is, you can find all my links there and I'm also a model for gods girls. My twitter is @theladylauren.


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Brains Before Beauty by Hollis Ireland

Photo by Christopher C. Pickrell


This article was featured in issue #8 of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be ordered here.


The niche of alternative modeling is an odd market to navigate. Somewhere between the vague categories of art and porn, it’s not a business that can truly be defined. Aspects of horror and fetish culture, gothic art, and even a bit of mainstream beauty, albeit of the “neu” sort, come together to form an odd hybrid of small industry and popularity contest. Like any place of work, the artist’s studio (or, in the case of a model or photographer, hotel room or abandoned building) can be a wonderful and terrible place to work depending upon the attitude of the collaborators. Unlike most places of work, however, the world of models and photographers is an open market, and can be pursued by anyone, for better and for worse. The lack of a job interview or background check opens doors for both undiscovered talent and less-than-business-like intentions. The experiences had while working as an alternative mannequin or photo-taker are unique to the niche, which is a far cry from the more selective, closed industry of mainstream, commercial agencies. Our little, underground world of professional weirdos is rather eyeopening and testing. While the positive experiences are usually fulfilling, both artistically and professionally, the negatives should be a call for outrage.

For the past 6 years, I have worked as an alternative, nude model. I modeled part-time while finishing college, and then I made the jump to full-time after realizing that I wasn’t ready for a 9-to-5 after graduation. The job offered professional freedom, the opportunity to travel, and a chance at financial independence, which is something my classmates couldn’t seem to find while navigating the more typical career market. Most of my experiences were good, some were nothing short of wonderful, and the rest were enough to drive me to make the decision to work towards a different occupation in the New Year. The rate of burn-out is high because there are too many individuals, models and photographers alike, who seem hell-bent on turning a great underground market that is full of opportunities for creative minds into a sleazy, back-alley-type business. From tales of photographers asking models for sexual favors to models almost asking for ill treatment through their lackadaisical actions, the lack of professionalism has always astounded me.


Photo by Christopher C. Pickrell

What bothers me the most, and what truly inspires me to write this column, is the lack of outrage among all involved. Why are flaky, unintelligent models with attitudes that would get a fast food worker fired consistently hired? Why are photographers who ask for sex acts and conduct themselves in a less-than-business-minded manner allowed to remain with their reputations practically unscathed? And why are those who choose to “rant” about these inconsistencies few and far between? I write because those questions don’t have answers; because some refuse to even ask such questions and simply accept the niche for all it brings. To quote a rather cliché statement by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” and although I doubt I’ll change the course of the entire alternative modeling business, I can at least hope to inspire the dialogue that might incite change. I feel passionate towards the creation of art; towards the opportunities presented that aren’t available in a mainstream industry.

The alternative niche allows those whose voices might otherwise be silenced to find an outlet, and that is why I believe we can come together to work towards a better professional environment. More of us just need to be willing to speak out against the abuse of the modelphotographer relationship. We need to take a stance against perverts masquerading as business professionals, and push the abusers out of the industry. When there is an incentive to be honest and ethical, anda disincentive to treat our co-workers and clients with disrespect, I believe creativity and passion can finally thrive.


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Gail Kilker Interview

Model: Marla Meringue
Catsuit: Scarlett Bliss
MUAH: Anna DeMeo


This interview was feature in issue #8 of Sinical. Print copies can be purchased here.


Gail Kilker is a wife, mother, and wedding photographer. She also loves shooting pinup, latex fashion, and high fashion. She is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started as a photographer?

Gail Kilker: I’ve always had an interest in photography. I didn’t go to school for it but I really loved it and wanted to learn more. I was sick of normal 9-5 jobs so I bought my camera and equipment and decided to try to make a career out of it. When I found Model Mayhem a few years ago I was really drawn to fetish and alternative photography so that’s mainly what I do now.

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

Gail Kilker: Sometimes it takes up to six weeks to plan a shoot. Most of my shoots are customized so a lot of times that requires help from designers who custom make wardrobe for my shoots.

Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Gail Kilker: I use a Canon 5D MarkII, Einstein lights with a softbox or Different types and sizes of umbrellas. I have lots of different L-Series lenses and a Canon 7D as a backup camera. I also love my Sunbounce reflector if I'm shooting outside during the day. I'll be upgrading to the 5DMarkIII after I move back to CA in June. Can't wait!


Model: Marla Meringue
Catsuit: Scarlett Bliss
MUAH: Anna DeMeo


Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer continuous lighting sources or off camera flash style lighting?

Gail Kilker: Off camera for sure but I do like to play around with my lighting.

Sinical Magazine: What is your favorite lens or focal length for portraits?

Gail Kilker: My favorite lens is my fixed 85 but I do need more time and room if I'm using it. If I'm in a cramped area or shooting with my studio lights I like to use my 24-70 so I can move around more.

Sinical Magazine: What do you view as the most important aspect of a photo shoot?

Gail Kilker: Styling for sure! I have a muah at every shoot to make sure the styling matches the wardrobe. I also like finding new places to shoot. I don’t like doing plain studio backdrops. I have a list of places to shoot so I can match any concept a model wants. I’m always looking for new places.

Model: Jade Vixen
Latex: Westward Bound

Sinical Magazine: What photographers have been a source of inspiration to you?

Gail Kilker: That’s a really hard one! I would say Helmut Newton. Not that my work is anything like his. My favorite photographers right now are definitely J. Isobel De Lisle and Corwin Prescott. I could look at their work for hours!

Sinical Magazine: Do you have a preference for shooting pinup or fetish?

Gail Kilker: Definitely fetish fashion. I do like to shoot classic pinup sometimes though.

Sinical Magazine: You are moving back to Los Angeles, California in 2013. How does the city of Los Angeles inspire your work?

Gail Kilker: I’m from Orange County, California so it’s home to me. All of my friends and family are there. Also a lot of my favorite models live there so I know I’ll have a lot of great work to do.


Model: Jade Vixen

Latex: Westward Bound

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models?

Gail Kilker: I’m a stickler for punctuality!

Sinical Magazine: Who in your opinion are the top 5. alternative models, currently?

Gail Kilker: Hmmm... Mosh, Ulorin Vex, Lauren WK, Ophelia Overdose, and Rachel Dashae.

Sinical Magazine: You state on your Model Mayhem that you are a wife, mother, and a wedding photographer. How do you find time to balance everything?

Gail Kilker: I don’t! My house is a disaster!

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Gail Kilker: I like to keep all my projects quite but a lot of them include models stripping latex clothing and lingerie. I’m also working on a book someone hired me to shoot. It may take me another year or so.

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Ed Fox Interview

Model: Tori Black. 

This interview/pictorial was featured in issue #8 of Sinical. A print copy of this issue can be purchased here.


Ed Fox is a photographer and video director known primarily for his foot fetish work. He attended the Art Center College of Design, graduating with honors, despite faculty criticism for his focus on the erotic. Debuting in Leg Show Magazine in 1997, Fox’s work has since appeared in many celebrated publications. Well respected in an industry not so well respected, Fox has worked with high profile models including Dita Von Teese, Aria Giovanni, Tera Patrick, Jelena Jensen, Belladonna, Penny Flame, Alexis Texas, Sunny Leone and Tori Black. The noted art publishing house, Taschen released his 2nd coffee table compendium: Ed Fox II, in 2011. His photography has also earned him two Key Arts Awards  for Artisan Films’ “The Center Of The World” and 20th  Century Fox’s “Le Divorce.”  Ed has also shot for Disney,  Gerber, Getty Images and Mario Lopez’s line of underwear - Rated M.


Andrea Rosu, Damon Pierce, and Ed Fox.

Danny Stygion: You are known for your erotic photography. What drew you to shooting erotic material?

Ed Fox: I wanted to shoot for Playboy so I went to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA to learn how to become a photographer. After graduating, I got side tracked and ended up shooting for Leg Show, Club Penthouse and a few others until finally reaching a goal I didn’t even think was possible - my first TASCHEN book: “Ed Fox: Glamour From the Ground Up”.Flipping through this beautiful publication “Playboy’s Wet & Wild Women” in 1987. I IMMEDIATELY knew it’s what I wanted to do for a living. I’m an esthete so I combined that with the little talent I had together with determination and persistence in order to become what I am today. Believe me, there were a LOT of road blocks along the way, like finding models, taking shit from people that questioned me for wanting to shoot this stuff and not having any experience.

Danny Stygion: You have an adult foot fetish site, What is it about woman’s feet that appeals to you and when did you first realize you had this fetish?

Ed Fox: I finally figured out I had the fetish at the age of 15. I was embarrassed about it up until I started to shoot for Leg Show. Even then, I didn’t like to talk about it much. It’s difficult to describe and even for me understand but it really comes down to the shape. There can be so many curves, little details and ways it can point and flex to show expression. Odor is a big part as well. When they smell a little cheesy like popcorn or Frito’s, ooh, the eyes will roll.


Model: Kayla Jane Danger.

Danny Stygion: You are considered the “foot master” when it comes to shooting woman’s feet. Do you have a special technique or way of shooting women’s feet?

Ed Fox: Almost always the soles will be dirty and visible. I try to pose light and or compose feet in a way that will bring out the most shape. The pose is either going to be a profile where the model is told to ‘arch up’ or do this flex pose - that is difficult to explain. I always think of it like if a girl were about to step out of a car and stop herself before the foot touched a dirty or cold puddle of water. The ball of the foot protrudes and the toes kind of flare and curl while the entire foot twists at the ankle outward. Usually there is a gap between the big and middle to where you could probably stick a pencil or finger to fill it. This isn’t just spreading of the toes.

Danny Stygion: What type of camera and lighting equipment do you use?

Ed Fox: I have ALWAYS been a Canon man. Right now I use the 5D Mark II. I prefer to use natural light because I can shoot quicker and be challenged to follow the sun and work with what I have. When that timer is up, I can whip out the lights. I use Speedotron strobes or Mole Richardson hot lights.


Model: Princess Donna Dolore.

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite lighting setups?

Ed Fox: Most of my shoots, including ones where artificial lighting is used, are pretty minimal. I like shooting a little more on the contrasty side so ideally, shooting late in the afternoon with a fill card. When using artificial light, a light or two on the subject and one or two on the background if needed.

Danny Stygion: When creating a composition what is your main focus?

Ed Fox: No matter what format I’m using, the composition has to have a nice flow. I started to use the first lesson I learned in high school and now just use it subconsciously: The rule of 3rd’s. I like to have a background or subject line coming out of a corner of the frame usually. I’d say 90% of the images are shot vertically mostly because I don’t want do crop out legs or feet.


Model: Mia Matsumiya.

Danny Stygion: Who are some of your influences?

Ed Fox: Music is what actually influences me to create. I don’t follow too many people’s work for being afraid of seeing ideas I have and then feeling like I’m copying them. Since Playboy is what influenced me to become a photographer, then I’d say Arny Freytag, Richard Fegley and later Bob Guccione’s work. Andrew Blake’s work opened my eyes to what could be done with video. I was amazed the first time I saw one of his pieces. Way before all of this was Ansel Adam’s work. That’s what really caught my eye to photography

Danny Stygion: How long did it take for you to develop your own signature style and break away from your influences?

Ed Fox: I think since my Jr college and even first photo class in high school I was already shooting with the light being very directional to bring out shape. I actually still use a photo from high school as a portfolio piece. The only time I tried to imitate other people was before I started to shoot for Leg Show -when I was trying to get into shooting video box covers for companies like Wicked or Vivid. Unfortunately shooting for men’s magazines pulled me away from making the work more personal since they wanted everything lit and in focus in order to see EVERYTHING!


Model: Jessica.

Danny Stygion: How does the city of L.A. inspire your work?

Ed Fox: I was born and raised here so probably a lot? I happen to love the warmth of the desert and all the diversity that L.A offers so I’m fortunate to live here and take advantage of theelements that are available to me.


Danny Stygion: Do you prefer to shoot in a studio or on location?

Ed Fox: Location for sure. Either indoor or outdoor but really prefer outdoor. Although, shooting in a cozy and controlled environment is nice too. I couldn’t always JUST shoot in studio or JUST location. I’d go crazy. Same thing goes for subject matter. If I shot girlies ALL the time, it would become a ‘job’. in order for my mouth water, I need to mix it around so I’m excited to shoot whatever subject is in front of me: cars, portraits, babies or babes… haha. I never use that word but it kind of worked after ‘babies’ : )


Model: Sierra.


Danny Stygion: How much planning goes into your shoots?

Ed Fox: There used to be a lot of planning and thought into the shoots but I have no time now. I find myself looking for locations and putting the rest of the shoot together a day or two before the shoot and just going with it. I’m trying not to dwell on things. Also, about half the time, something doesn’t go the way you wanted anyway so you have to compromise on the spot.


Danny Stygion: How long did it take for you to get your first TASCHEN book  published and how was that process?

Ed Fox: I patiently waited and shot for 10 years until Taschen finally gave me a call about wanting to do a book on my work. I then submitted links that included over 5000 photos which were quickly narrowed down to about 500 by the editor, Dian Hanson. After I got the contract, the 500 were narrowed down even more. I simply gave them the negs and transparencies of the winners for scanning and they did the rest. The DVD portion of this book was actually THE hardest part. I spent endless hours editing and massaging it and working with my brother, Albert Fox, to score because it was my chance to show the world that I was also passionate about video.

A year later, I got a call to do my second book, which by the time it was published had 2-4 years worth of new work in it + a few random shots that didn’t make it into the first book.


Model: Tori Black.


Danny Stygion: When did you first shoot for “Leg Show Magazine” and how has this relationship developed?

Ed Fox: 1997. I made and sent Dian Hanson this patina’d brass portfolio case which had sexy foot fetish photos in it. By “foot fetish”, I don’t mean close ups of feet. I was given the o.k to shoot a model out in the desert and after the results were mailed to her, I was given the opportunity to shoot a monthly theme of porn stars who’s feet met my criteria. “Ed Fox’s Searrch For The Ultimate XXX Feet”

Danny Stygion: You’ve shot Mario Lopez’s “Rated M” underwear line campaign. How did you end up with that assignment and what was it like working with Mario Lopez?

Ed Fox: Like most, that job fell out of the sky. I got a random call to shoot ‘products’ and later found out Mario was going to be the model. I didn’t believe it until the day he walked in through the Quixote studio doors. The first thing he said was, ‘I can tell you are fast my man’, because he hadn’t eaten in like 24 hours to stay lean for the shoot. He was dying to knock it out so we could have lunch and do the second half of the day with the Rated M shirts. He was nice and good to work with but I was a little surprised how stiff he was. I assumed anyone that was an actor was automatically a good model. I’m hearing now from other celebrity photographers that it’s not the case. Regardless, we got some great stuff.


Model: Britt.


Danny Stygion: What projects are you currently working on?

Ed Fox: I can’t really say in case I don’t finish or doesn’t come out how I intended. Sorry. In the meantime, I’m currently working on getting out of shooting erotica as a profession and making it a hobby so I could focus back on my mainstream career. One of the several reasons is that Blue Horizon Media Inc. sold the magazine titles to Magna Publishing last year and I was left with $14,000 worth of outstanding invoices.

I’m fortunate for starting when I did and having the magazines as a platform, otherwise I may have never risen to the top with the over saturation of photographers and photography on the web today. The web keeps us pro photographers on our toes because of all the new great talent that has been given a chance to prove themselves. Because of that, most new comers and even some pros will now only be able to call photography a ‘hobby’. Just look at your phone? What’s THE first thing you can do before even being able to dial? Shoot a picture.


This interview/pictorial was featured in issue #8 of Sinical. A print copy of this issue can be purchased here.

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